Cycle 14 – Item 210
3 (Thu) August 2023
-Ilwon, Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
The father of HJ, one of W’s best friends from high school, passed away yesterday.
As noted in the prior post (see 13.020 Wake Spread), disposable dining accoutrements like plates and cutlery can be branded, if one of the family members works in a high-end company/agency: HJ works for Financial Supervisory Service (Korea’s counterpart to the American Federal Trade Commission), while her sister works for Samsung Financial Networks. Obviously, they’re not really trying to advertise, but that’s what it is, right?
As evidenced by the prior posts, the food at such places is almost exactly the same, both in quality and variation: rice + soup (so far, yukgyejang 3 out of 4 times) + steamed pork belly with shrimp paste + assorted jeon + kimchi + banchan + rice cakes + fruit – and quality.
Back in the day, drinking was an essential part of the process, especially amongst the men – brothers, sons, friends of the deceased – who were expected to stay on overnight to keep the flames going. But nowadays, visitors tend to be in and out, a trend further encouraged by pandemic restrictions.
(See also BOOZE)
(See also HANSIK)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)