I have a low EQ when it comes to food. Offer me a dish I fancy and I’d be planning ways (a.k.a. me convincing my sister) on how to recreate it at home. It’s a hobby both fulfilling and expensive much to my mom’s consternation. To her credit, she’s slowly learning to go along with our kitchen experiments.
Our cravings are usually fueled by cooking shows we watch and these days, there’s nothing but Three Meals a Day to blame for that. What started as a curious watch for anything Shinhwa-related (Eric Mun has been a cast member since Season 6) slowly turned into an appreciation for Korean food made easy. On the show, celebrity cast-members spend three days in a rural or fishing village living like locals and preparing three meals a day with whatever food supply they’ve managed to gather with their budget. Eric whips up meals like a pro you’d find yourself wishing you were a guest on the show instead. To wit, these are some of what we’ve picked up from 3MAD:
A curious mix of tteokboki and ramen, this dish is a meal in itself and can be paired with rice if you’re super hungry. I especially love it with lots of cheese because it makes the spicy sauce creamy. I have yet to take a decent photo of one we made at home so this one’s from Da Bang Cafe in downtown Cebu.
Coffee ice cubes with fresh milk
A refreshing drink you can prepare for breakfast. I had mine made from Kopiko brown coffee and it was delicious!
I never had the chance to document this attempt but my sister was more determined to get this done since it looked so easy when Seolhyun and the guys were doing it on 3MAD. Who knew dough kneading was tricky?😂
While nothing beats the flavor of real anchovies, dried kelp and Dashida anchovy powder elevates the taste of your broth to a whole new level.
Aside from being reminded of the comforting aroma of freshly-baked goodies, Seo-jin’s baking experiments in Season 7 left me with a renewed appreciation for BreadTalk and Kate’s where every product tells a story of its baker’s creativity.
Then there’s kimchi fried rice and tonkatsu which they’ve featured recently and looks so good for office baon. Now who wants to buy me a Yumbox?😉 Kidding! I’m actually saving up for one.
One of the recently concluded dramas I followed this year revolves around the premise of forgiveness and living your life to fullest. A far-cry from the technical jargon of Circle, Reunited Worlds deal with normal people whose lives changed because of an accidental death twelve years ago. What’s even more baffling is said dead person returns one sunny day looking very much like his nineteen year old self.
Yeo Jin-goo plays the aformentioned character, a student named Sung Hae-sung, whose death left behind four younger siblings now estranged and living their own lives. His high school friends have become professionals and it is through their help that Hae-sung navigates this temporary lease on life to correct mistakes from the past.
I initially expected tear-jerking episodes from start to finish but the writer was able to navigate equal parts of drama, comedy, romance and a bit of murder-mystery to keep the plot interesting. Can someone cast Yeo Jin-goo in a rom-com next time? Poor guy must’ve exhausted his tear ducts with his last two series.😂
- I am a big fan of dramas with a strong friendship core and Reunited Worlds gave me that with Hae-sung, Jung-won, Ho-bang, Jin-joo, Tae-hoon and Moon-shik.
- Who knew a love line would develop between Ho-bang and Jin-joo? They were always a hoot together.
- Seeing the siblings slowly patch things up was cathartic. I thought Young-jun would never come around but thankfully he stepped up at the right moment.
- I cannot stress enough how music is oftentimes the saving grace of a series so I’m happy the show’s OST delivered songs worthy of a constant loop on my playlist.
- YEO. JIN. GOO. ‘Nuff said.
- No one really made a big fuss about Hae-sung’s return save for Ho-bang, Hae-chul and Jung-won. If a loved who died suddenly came back, I would be asking all sorts of questions. Hah!
- Moon-shik was terribly underused. He maybe tactless but he was a great sounding board for his friends.
- For all that he’s done, I thought Chairman Cha got off way too easy. Asking for Hae-sung’s forgiveness won’t solve the years he lost because of the accident.
- And really, no interactions between Min-joon and Tae-hoon after the revelation that they are brothers? I would’ve appreciated an extra scene or two showing them bonding rather than have Hae-sung and Min-joon talk about it. Pfft!
Moon-shik is sooo me though. Haha!
As much as I hated how Ruler: Master of the Mask ended, my search for its OST on Apple Music kick-started my interest in learning the Korean alphabet. Hangul is a fascinating subject that I wondered why I never bothered with this many years before. Imagine my delight when I could finally read the characters on labels, store signs and even AsianWiki profiles of Korean celebrities.😉
I still have a lot to learn in terms of sentence construction but it’s fun familiarizing a few phrases from (free) online classes I’ve signed up for. There’s also this book we purchased many years ago that teaches you the basic pronunciation although nothing beats hearing it directly from a native speaker.
My re-discovered love for Korean culture motivated me to continue practicing how to use chopsticks. I’ve been learning the skill for years but I was never able to sustain it. Nowadays, I’m proud to say I have finally made some progress. I no longer fumble handling said utensils if we’re out for ramen or samgyeopsal.👍
All that’s really left is for me to visit the country itself and experience its culture firsthand. I’m crossing my fingers I can tick that off my bucket list by next year. If not, then I will continue to live vicariously through my K-dramas for the meantime.