1 (Thu) January 2015
-Nonhyeon, Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with KHJ + PHY
Winter Holiday with the Family: Day 9 of 11
- Day 1 (5.353 Lapu-Lapu Chazuke)
- Day 2 (5.354 Deep-Fried Tofu with Shrimp & Vegetables in Oyster Sauce)
- Day 3 (5.355 Seafood Pizza)
- Day 4 (5.356 Soya Cake with Three Kinds Mushrooms)
- Day 5 (5.357 Chicago Cowboy Steak)
- Day 6 (5.358 Kimchi Jjigae + Mu Guk)
- Day 7 (5.359 Jaengban Ban)
- Day 8 (5.360 Mul Naeng Myeon)
- Day 9 (5.361 Palbochae)
For our first extended family time since I left home to work overseas, we’ll be spending the winter holiday together. Starting with Christmas in the Philippines, ending with the New Year in Korea. Having everyone around, just hanging out, makes it feels like home, wherever it may be.
For brunch earlier in the day, as per New Year’s tradition, my mother made ddeok guk. Personally, I feel that her style is too spartan – she likes food to be “clean” in appearance – but it was great nonetheless.
Dinner with colleagues from AUSOM, the last time was exactly 365 days ago (see previously 4.362 How I Earned a Free Bowl of Mul Naeng Myeon).
Yes, I’m aware that these aren’t pure coincidences, just that I always have dinner with the same groups of people around the same time of year.
Hongmyeong is a Korean-Chinese restaurant.
The food was hit/miss. While the ingredients were clearly very fresh, and the preparations exhibited a skilled hand, the seasonings fell a bit short. The palbochae, for example, was kinda bland, even while fresh seafood is always pretty good regardless. Good times nevertheless.
Happy New Year!
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