I visited two friends in a nearby town Yeongyang, Korea. The area is very rural and wooded, so I hoped to do some hiking. When I got to Yeongyang, the friends informed me that we had an invitation to go to one friend’s co-teacher’s friend’s friend’s (someone my friends don’t actually know) for an early dinner around 2:30pm. I thought this would be fine, and there’d be plenty of time for hiking afterwards.
At this dinner there was six people, my two friends, a co-teacher, the co-teacher’s friend, the host and I. The amount of food and drink given to us was tantamount to cruel generosity.
First there were side dishes of kimchi (the national cabbage dish of Korea), slices of raw garlic, chili peppers, chestnuts, a bowl of salt and a container of chili paste. Normally I am not a fan of kimchi, but this was homemade and delicious. I ate more than usual.
For the main dish, the host grilled three slabs of pork ribs. Also incredibly delicious. When we were done with the ribs, my friends and I were quite satisfied.
That’s when the co-teacher’s friend went to go get a Korean dish of sliced pork belly to grill (think bacon on steroids). And he didn’t get a little. He got over two pounds. And as polite guests, we had to eat it. It was delicious, but there was so much it was painful. We tried to slow down, but the host commanded, “more meat!” Read more about the evening’s feast…