This past week traveled quite quickly and I didn’t get to post all the funness that we enjoyed in regards to Korea. One activity Tallinn did that was particularly exciting was try out a local Tae Kwon Do class. It would be an understatement to say that Tallinn liked it, he LOVED it. We are still deciding whether or not we should sign him up for a session. Addie, on the other hand just wanted to sit and watch and the instructor was so great just letting them come in and join at their own pace. For the first 15 minutes Tallinn just got to punch and kick the big bags, just near the wall where the Korean and US flags were proudly displayed side-by-side. They then gathered the kids and did some stretching exercises while counting in Korean. It was perfect for our week and Tallinn quickly picked up the high kicks and “Hi-ya’s”. (I’ll try to have him demonstrate on video this week.) They finished with a fun game and I had one sweaty and revved up boy afterward who, although a bit intimidated by the other’s better moves and kicks, did an excellent job at his first Tae Kwon Do class! (Perhaps I’m a bit biased as I really no nothing about correct Tae Kwon Do forms.)
Last night we celebrated our final night in Korea. As a family we actually eat Korean food quite often, typically eating at some fabulous local Korean restaurants and sometimes cooking up bulgogi at home. I really love Korean food, even kimchi, and the kids do, too, although kimchi is a bit too spicy for them. Just a couple months ago when we were planning on doing our Korea week, we had an amazing Korean lunch for Cardiff’s 2nd birthday and dedication…japchae, bulgogi, Korean short ribs, etc.
So, tonight we scaled back a bit and tried a couple of new items, including a tofu with a chili garlic sauce and even a field greens salad with a Korean-style dressing. But, we didn’t scale back in our fun, inviting our neighbors to join us and using our special Korean placemats to adorn the table.
Warm Tofu with Chili-Garlic Sauce
I have to say I was a bit surprised that there were only about two bites left of this after the meal was finished. Our neighbors even enjoyed it and the kids did great with their small portions. Personally, I would eat it again as I loved the way the spices balanced out the somewhat bland flavor of tofu. Check out epicurious.com for the exact recipe.
Boy do we love bulgogi in our house! Confession: I completely cheated and purchased the pre-marinated Korean bulgogi from Trader Joe’s.
This was a recipe we did for Japan week and I had all the ingredients (almost) and thought it would be a nice accompaniment to our meal.
Sticky White Rice
Much to my sadness, I did not have time to make/find a fabulous Korean dessert recipe, but I assure you we have had many delicious pastries in Korea and perhaps the weekly mochi balls I put on my frozen yogurt count?
Korea, we are forever blessed by your gifts to our family! We promise to come visit again someday.
Anyonghi kaseyo! 안녕히계세요.
*This is the book, Kim of Korea, that we are reading.