10 (Mon) January 2011
at Yonsei University Hospital Cafeteria
-Sinchon, Seodaemun, Seoul, Korea-
with Yonsei colleagues
Deopbab (덥밥) is a Korean type of dish. Meaning “over rice,” it refers to a stirfry of some sort over a plate of steamed rice. Popular method for serving quick meals, particularly in cafeterias or cheap restaurants. While variations are limitless, a common recipe consists of sliced onions, carrots, and cabbage, along with diced garlic and scallions, and a meat or a seafood of choice (e.g., jjuggumi), all sauteed in a spicy gochujang based sauce.
Jjuggumi (쭈꾸미) is a small member of the octopus family.
The food at Yonsei University Hospital Cafeteria, at first glance more like restaurant fare (individual plates for each item!) than the slop at Ajou University Hospital Cafeteria (kiddie tray), turned out to be just as lousy in taste, maybe even worse. Not surprisingly, the company Arakor is responsible for both.