16 (Fri) April 2010
The At-Home Quick-Fix Go-To Meal – Deluxe!
-Oksu (Joongang Heights Apts), Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-
While living on my own in the States, during college and after, before law school when I started taking cooking more seriously, I had an at-home quick-fix go-to (AHQFGT) meal. 4 components: steamed rice, pan-fried slices of (low sodium) SPAM, a couple fried eggs, and whatever kimchi was on hand (e.g., radish, as here, but usually the standard napa cabbage). While economy and convenience had a lot to do with it, the main thing was taste. Yes, taste. The synergy of the salty SPAM, the savory egg, the spicy kimchi combination, each of which must be present in every bite, is beyond compare. Other side dishes sometimes found their way into the mix (e.g., pan-fried tofu, as here), but the foundation of the meal was always the same.
Even now, I keep contingency SPAM in the pantry for this same purpose.