Originally posted by hotdogger
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman
After smelling Korea the very last thing in the world I've wanted to do since is eat Korean food.
You were in Korea but didn't eat Korean food?
Enjoy your fast food buddy!
I guess I should wade into this thread given my experience and background.
I was in Long Binh Vietnam during the Tet Offensive - I worked at USARV HQ and got to Saigon weekly on a press run (we typed stencils for a daily theatre action newsletter and distributed it to various points in Saigon). USARV HQ was a modular airconditioned building and I spent my normal working day in that environment, with a snack bar on site selling hamburgers and hotdogs and french fries etc. We had a barracks a mile away or so with a regular Army mess next door. We normally ate American food 24-7-365. I do not recall eating any Vietnamese food during my tour.
Since I have been back in the States I have eaten at a couple of Vietnamese restaurants and I absolutely love their food and flavors and I really regret never partaking of their cuisine while I was in their country.
As for Korean food I have been to a couple of Korean-Japanese restaurants in Cincinnati and Kettering Ohio. I have found that you really need to read the menu and ask questions before ordering - I think Korean food varies greatly in taste - my first experience was terrible - my second one (recently in Kettering - was much better - I had a spicy beef soup loaded with noodles and meat and vegetables. We also had many little side dishes as mentioned above that were quite tasty - we were also very luck with our waitress - she was part of the family ownership and she was half-Korean and half-American and she spoke fluent English so we were way ahead of the game in understanding the menu and offerings and what we might like (my first experience involved a Korean waitress who spoke very little English and understood us very little and we her).
I should add I have just started cooking with a Korean clay pot - what wonderful flavors you get using it in an oven. The flavors meld better than when you use standard American cookware.
The pot, I should add, was a gift from my Korean daughter-in-law, who is new to our family (my career Navy son got married to her last year and we first got to meet her over the Fourth of July holidays last year, when she presented us with the pot.)