Today is April 26th, 2011.
Sorry it’s been so long since my last update. I’ve been meaning to get around to another post all week. So last night I went out for dinner with some friends of mine. Let me tell you about it:
My friend David asked me if I wanted to get dinner with him and his girlfriend Katie, plus their friend Dan who is visiting from England. After a long day at work my school finally let me off the leash around 4:30pm. I headed home and did a quick turn around to hop on a subway bound for Sasang station. I tell you, its a dog eat dog world here in Korea – I got jostled pretty good by people pushing their way onto the train behind me. As the train howled down the tunnel I realized my stomach was growling. It felt like I hadn’t eaten in a dog’s age.
I arrive at Sasang station and meet up with David and Katie, as well as their friend Dan and David’s co-teacher, Lindsay, who led us to a restaurant. The restaurant was a long walk away, mostly up hill, so by the end of it I was feeling pretty dogged. Dan asked Lindsay how much farther the restaurant was – he worried we were lost. She threw him a bone and told him it was just ahead – at the top of the hill.
The restaurant was pretty nice, here is a picture:
The only downside was that it was the type of restaurant where you sit on the floor, with your legs crossed or on your knees. David hates these types of restaurants but his girlfriend told him to sit and he obeyed like a good boy. Dinner was a delicious soup, and we got to add liberal amounts of ginger, red sauce, onion and salty/sweet powder to taste. Here’s a picture:
It was so good I practically lapped it up! It was a fun time as well – David is a pretty funny guy; though at times his peculiar sense of humour makes him seem barking mad. Often his more off-color jokes are made even more hilarious by Katie’s reactions – she gets so embarrassed/mortified. We found it funny at the time – but poor David; I think he was in the doghouse last night.
After dinner we sniffed out a makoli bar. Katie had never tried Makoli so we tracked it down for her. It wasn’t easy to find – we stopped at a convenience store and our Korean guide asked the cashier where we could find a makoli bar. The cashier said to go outside and turn left. After heading in that direction for 10 minutes and not finding it we stopped at a bar and asked again. They told us it was in the other direction! Did we ever have a bone to pick with that cashier who told us ‘left’. Instead of confronting her we decided to let sleeping dogs lie – she wasn’t worth the effort. Even though we were walking outside for so long I didn’t mind too much – though we aren’t quite into the dog days of summer it was still plenty warm out for me to be comfortable in a t-shirt after sundown. We even saw a funny sign:
What is that chicken showing us? Only in Korea…
Finally we found the makoli bar and enjoyed some delicious drinks for a few hours:
Waking up this morning I look out my window to see that it is raining cats and dogs. I had to drag myself out of bed to go to work. You could say I had a ‘ruff ‘ morning.
Oh I almost forgot to tell you what the main ingredient in the soup was – in Korean it is called 개. In English? Well re-read the post carefully and I’m sure you’ll find some well hidden clues as to what the secret ingredient in that soup was.
Don’t judge me.