Thursday, January 11, 2007

Buckwheat

Venkat and I went to lunch today with Profs. Chung, Lee and Kim. They took us to an old part of town that was pretty cool as it was very hilly with narrow, windy streets. The place we went to apparently specializes in buckwheat; I think everything on their menu uses it. We got some buckwheat pancakes (sort of like scallion-pancakes or a buckwheat version of korean-style pancakes (pajon)). Then I got a bowl of soup with noodles in it. At first, I thought the buckwheat noodles were actually slices of beef due to their dark color! It was all very tasty.

Later in the evening, I ventured out for some more street food. I really don't have much of an idea of what I got:




It was a potpourri of deep-fried objects, served in some spicy sauce with thick noodle-like objects. One item was deep-fried julienned vegetables. Another looked like thin, clear noodles wrapped in seaweed (then battered and fried). The other looked sort of like krab (imitation crab), but the texture wasn't quite right for that either. It tasted fine, although the seaweed taste in that one item was pretty strong. Anyway, it only cost me 1000W (~ $1USD).

2 comments:

Richard said...

That street food you had is called tteokbokki, which translates to 'stir-fried rice cake.' One of Korea's most favored street food. Those thick noodle-like objects are rice cakes.

Enjoy!

Gabe said...

Thanks for filling in the name!