5.104 Donggeurang-Ddaeng


19 (Sat) April 2014



by AHY + CJH

at Hyurim Pension

-Gapyeong, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-

with the Family, CBD

Home Visit 4: Break + Housekeeping (Day 4)

Concluding my initial 3-month contract with WHO, now extended 5.5 months, I’m back in Korea to take a break (contract break and personal break) and attend to various housekeeping matters – mostly for the (personal) break.

Camping with the crew.  Remarkably, the first time in 7 months (see most recently 4.259 Chicken & Shrimp Burrito).  Now that I’m based in Manila (at least through October), this may be the last one for a long long while.

The site was Hyurim Pension (휴림펜션).  Grounds include both “auto-camping” + “pension.”  Owned by a long-time acquaintance of LHS and YYH, everything was free.  Overall, it was one of the best/pampering sites that I’ve ever experienced: immaculately clean, heavily wooded, equipped with decks, electric outlets, wi-fi, store, coffee shop, showers, soccer field and basketball court, and even a trampoline; adjacent to a stream, located a mere 100 km from Seoul.  This may be the ultimate camping destination, when convenience is a concern.

I roughed it out in a tent;  I pitched a big tent because the original plan had been for the whole family to sleep in it, but they chickened out; on my own, I would’ve just slept in my car.
Electricity is a necessity because of certain survival essentials, like laptops and air-conditioners (for those with trailers).
All getting lazy, it’s now more about trailers than tents.

Donggeurang-Ddaeng (동그랑땡) is a Korean pancake.  A type of jeon.  Typically consists of ground pork/beef, plus minced garlic/onion/carrot/chili, seasoned with salt/pepper and maybe soy sauce, formed into small thickish disks (i.e., a flattened meatball), dredged in flour and egg wash, pan-fried in oil, usually served with a soy dipping sauce.  The term is rather idiomatic – always reminded me of “curly-cue” – vaguely meaning something like “circle (donggeurang) thingo (ddaeng).”

A standard jeon assembly line.
One to make the patties, another to dredge + dip + fry.
Samgyeopsal, a Korean camping staple – notice the paper cup to catch the fat run-off.
Cut at the table with scissors.
And kimchi, of course, sautéed in the pork fat.
Dried mangoes from the Philippines!

As per SOP, many more foods were prepared throughout the evening, long into the night, but I only took photos of the first two courses.  Believe me, it was all good.

W chickened out and got a room in the pension for herself and the kids.

(See also CAMPING)



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