We went out to dinner with a dear missionary friend tonight to a great little restaurant caled Suji's! It was a western style restaurant and I had the most delicious hamburger I have had in 2 years! The fellowship was sweet but sad because it was yet again another last! The drive home was equally as sad as I looked at the thousands of neon lights I couldn't help but remember how overwhelming they were that first night almost 4 years ago that we landed in Korea! I don't remember when they went from overwhelming to home but in 4 years they stopped being so overwhelming and became a sign that we were home! And so tonight, as we drove and I watched all the bright signs flashing by with all the Korean characters (that I can now read) I was sad to think that this was the LAST time (at least for a long time) that I would see them!
Now, as I sit here and watch the minutes pass by on my last night in Korea I realize just how much Korea and Koreans have stollen my heart and just how much I am going to miss living here among my people group! I thank God for calling me here and giving me a heart for the work here. I thank God for the growing I have done in Him in four years! I thank God for using me and pray that He continues to as we move on to another stage in life. I pray that He will draw the Koreans, my people, close to Him that they may know Him better! I pray that one day He will allow me to come back here, even if it is just for a short visit! I pray that I will never forget the past 4 years and all that HE has done!
So, it is getting later and as much as I do not want to go to bed for the last time in Korea, I know I will need sleep to make it through a LONG plane ride with a 7 year old and a 20 month old! I am off to bed...Goodnight Korea, the Land of the Morning Calm one last time...I will love you forever and miss you for always!
I have spent the last 30 minutes or so searching for articles about Korean dishes because I was sure someone else could describe the food better than I can. So, if you are interested in learning more or seeing more pictures of the foods just click on any of the links I have posted throughout this blog...they are ALL about Korean cuisine!
Korean food is very unique and delcious (if you like spicy foods). The majority of the dishes are very spicy, especially the soups. However, there are also many that are very mild. White sticky rice is a staple as in most Asian cultures and is served with most meals unless noodles are being served. Most Korean foods are famous for being good for a certain part of your health...your heart, your stamina (don't ask any more than that), your immune system, your colon, and so on. Also Korean food (except for rice) is served as a communal dish and many are even cooked in the center of the table. There is usually one large meat entree in the center of the table with many small Pahn Chans (side dishes) placed around. Each person is given a small bowl of rice and often a small bowl of greens or onions with hot spice on it as their own personal dishes and then they share everything else eating off from the communal plate. This concept took me a long time to get used to as I am a germ-a-phobic...LOL...but after 4 years I find myself digging in to my favorite dishes and not thinking once about the germs that are flowing!
Korean's do not use wooden chopsticks like other Asian cultures, they use stainless steal chopsticks and a stainless steal spoon. It took us a while to get used to using them, but in 4 years time we have mastered the art of metal chopsticks and am proud to say that Bug can now use Korean chopsticks!
So, without further rambling on my part, I will get to the pictures I have taken of the Korean foods we have eaten in the past few days! I hope you enjoy getting a look at what we have been eating for the last 4 years. I promise everything you see (but the milchee...dried fish) I have eaten AND enjoyed! There are 4 different slide shows...I told you I took a LOT this week just for YOU!!!