To make it to the BIG 100, it's all about food. Yes, I am a puerca!
97. Stinky fruit called ginkgo. Imagine it's mid autumn. You're walking down a nice lane with some beautiful trees. A cool breeze hits your face and you smile. And then, you smell vomit. Ugh.
It's a tree that bears something called the ginkgo nut. It's a small yellow-orangeish little thing that when it falls to the ground and rots, it emits the most awful smell. Well, to me it is. I am very sensitive to anything that smells like vomit, like papaya, big ew! When I first smelled it, I had nooooo idea where the smell was coming from; I even looked around for the vomit. I think I then saw a post from another person asking what the smell was, and someone told them it was the ginkgo fruit.
There are a ton of these trees everywhere in Korea, even here in the big city. Apparently they also exist in some U.S. cities, but I've definitely have not seen them in San Diego.
When I went to the Jisan Rock Festival in 2012, I saw some harmonies picking up the fruit from the ground and off the trees. I didn't understand why, but then I found out that inside the fruit there's a little nut that people eat. I'm still not sure how it's prepared, but if it smells the same after it's prepared, I would not try it in a million years. Sorry, gagging is just not something I enjoy. But I am still interested in how it's prepared, so if you have any insight, shoot!
98. Gogoma (sweet potato). I've talked before about sweet potato lattes, yum! But in Korea, gogoma is everywhere! ...and it's delicious!
99. Cheonwon waffles. In a hurry? On a budget? Need a snack? Want something sweet? All these questions can be answered by this delicious treat that will only cost you 1,000 won (about .90 cents). Usually inside subway stations you can find stands that sell them. They will always be made ahead of time, but they warm them up, so it doesn't take long to get one. Most places will offer two flavors: vanilla and strawberry, both with a layer of some honey-type spread; I always have ttalgi. However, if you're lucky, you may run into a stand that also has ice cream waffles for the same price!! Helloooooooooo sweet darling, come to momma!
|talgi waple 와플 (yes, you have to say it like this otherwise the ajummas won't understand you)|
Tteokpoki is a common street food found almost anywhere and it's eaten on the spot. Most stands will sell a small bowl of it for 1,500won.
My favorite is this mom n' pop's stand near my house. They sell a huge portion of it for only 3,000 won. Though it's not meant to be a meal, I make it one. How? I bring it home, and I add either shrimp or tuna and top it off with cheese. Serve with a side salad and red wine, yuuuuum!!!
|My homemade(ish) tteokbokki with an omelet and side salad|
I sometimes also make it a home though not from scratch. I buy the rice cakes and boil them. Drain and then add the sauce; my favorite one is the Ottogi brand sold anywhere. Easy peasy!
Damn, this is why I avoid writing about food, I'm hungry now!
Peace! ...gonna make some dinner.