So, what do you’ll eat? Regardless of whom I spoke to, this question found itself appearing by the third line — in every conversation. And I do find that very odd. To tell you the truth, no matter where you travel in the world today, unless you choose to stay away from civilization in a remote town, it will always be possible to eat a decent meal of your choice. If not — there are fruits. Besides, it’s my second trip to Seoul and I have lost count of the times Basil has visited before.
“Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like
and let the food fight it out inside.”
Street food can be alluring, especially on a cold wet day. The whiff of what’s cooking — will definitely try to compete with — all the sights around. And it’s possible to forget the blooms above. Skewered meat was hard to resist with its smoky aroma. It did smell good, but I wasn’t sure of the type of meat/fish and gave it a miss. There will always be a second time.
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well.”
No matter how appetizing food might look, unlike Basil, I’m always a bit hesitant. What do I do when I try something new? I try not to expect much. And although, this sausage fried in a batter of breadcrumbs looked sumptuous — I wasn’t sure until I tried it. Thankfully, it was just what I thought it would be.
“Our lives are not in the lap of the gods,
but in the lap of our cooks.”
Tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) is something that calls out to you. Bubbling hot with that red flare makes it hard to resist. Still pretty vegetarian, seemed like a safe bet, and Basil had eaten it before. Strangely, eating Tteokbokki can be a tricky affair. I didn’t know this until I nearly choked on one. The gravy is spicy hot and the if not chewed properly, the rice cake can be difficult to swallow. Or maybe it’s just me.
“Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes,
thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.”
I’d be lying if I said that we tried this. It sure makes a good snap, though. We had no idea what this was and thought it was wise to stay away. And I’m glad we did. While writing this post, I did a search and it seems, the best match would be Beongdegi or silk worm larvae. And I thought they were roasted coffee beans.
“So long as you have food in your mouth,
you have solved all questions for the time being.”
The variety of street food here is crazy. And it’s sheer indulgence for anyone with a sweet tooth. I didn’t know what these cute cartoon character sticks were. But, I had to try one. Now, from thereon, the plot thickens. For some reason my robo-man decided to stage a coup. By the time we reached home, there was no sign of him. So, I’d have to say that I missed trying this.
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