Cycle 3 – Item 185
8 (Sun) July 2012
by YYH et al.
at the Cabin
-Changchon, Seowon, Hoengseong, Gangwon, Republic of Korea-
with W and DJ, MtG, AHY + KIT, CJH + KKH, CSW, HWS, LHS + YYH, KJA and family
CBD 2nd Anniversary: Day 2 of 2
To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of our camping group, we elected not to camp out but assembled on the grounds of my family’s new cabin. Given the ever-growing popularity of camping in Korea these days, and this being the peak of the summer vacation season, the thought of mingling with the teeming masses at a commercial campsite was unbearable. And backpacking wasn’t an option because the families were involved. The cabin, offering all the comforts of home plus the tranquility of the countryside, all to ourselves, including an adjacent stream flush with a week’s worth of heavy monsoon rainfall, was an ideal destination.
We had a late lunch.
The original plan had been to eat a quick brunch, clean up, maybe splash around in the stream for a few minutes, and go home. But then, someone noticed the custom-made, wood-fired kettle stove on my uncle’s adjoining property and suggested that we cook up some baeksuk, which is precisely what the stove was put there for. As soon as I’d given the go-ahead, one team drove off in search of chickens, another team gathered wood and started a fire, while another team took care of prep work in the kitchen – that’s coordination. The chicken acquisition team encountered difficulties accomplishing their objective: most stores in the countryside are rarely open on Sundays, and even if open they’re unlikely to carry chicken, but they returned in triumph over 2 hours later – that’s dedication.
After an hour of cooking, we were eating. First the chicken, awesome. Then the porridge, awesome. A lot of beer and soju in between. It was the best mid-afternoon meal in my life.
(See also FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)