Monday, July 18, 2016

A Flavor of Seoul-Hoyer- SNU- Summer Language Grant

Greetings from Seoul!

            For my second blog, I have created a video of some of my gustatory adventures in Korea. My initial blog idea was to make a longer video of different traditional Korean foods with a part on traditional summer foods.  However, while making the video, I decided to make it shorter so that the viewers did not have to stare at head shots of me speaking for multiple songs.  In the video, I focus on some of the Korean foods I had the pleasure of tasting during a day trip to Gwangjang Market with friends.
            Foods which did not make the cut were filmed on different days than my market trip.  One food which I originally filmed was Samgyetang.  Samgyetang is a Korean ginseng chicken soup which contains a whole, rice-stuffed baby chicken inside broth.  It is a Korean tradition to eat it on the hottest day of summer, July 23.  There is a Korean idiom which states, “fight fire with fire.”  It refers to the practice by Koreans of eating hot foods on hot summer days due to the belief that it is good for the body to consume hot foods to contrast the cold foods normally eaten during hot summer days which can hurt the body.  It is particularly eaten on three summer days as marked by the lunar calendar: the first, middle, and last day of summer.
            To contrast Samgyetang, I also wanted to mention Naengmyeon, iced Korean noodles.  The wheat noodles are often very long and require cutting with scissors, normally provided by the restaurant.  They are served in a cold, sweet broth with egg and vegetables along with shaved ice to keep the dish refreshing.
            Another summer refreshing treat includes Bingsu, a Korean frozen dessert composed of shaved ice, red bean paste, ice cream, and other flavored toppings according to the individual’s taste, such as green tea and cookies and cream.  The original version of this shaved ice treat was Patbingsu, which only contained red bean paste with shaved ice and no additional flavors.

Verónica María Hoyer, B.A., International Affairs 2017,
Sigur Center 2016 Korean Language Fellow,
Seoul National University, South Korea.

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