Cooking is one of my favorite things to do. I love knowing that I can create a good meal for friends, family or even just for myself. I would like to say that I typically make a good tasting dish. Truth be told though, no one ever taught me to cook. I just started mixing things together, adding vegetables I knew I liked and throwing in spices, and made sure it cooked thoroughly if there was meat in it.
That being said, I was nervous about the cooking situation before I came to Korea. I had no idea what sort of produce and meats I would have access to, or what type of seasonings Koreans used. Wonderfully enough though, you can find most everything you want here. You can find typical seasonings, such as salt, pepper, and oregano, and meat, such as chicken and pork. Beef is available but much more expensive. And vegetables, well there’s a whole ton of veggies in the grocery store that I have NO idea what they are, but I can always find peppers, eggplants and carrots. And of course, garlic, which is one of the most commonly found things in Korean cooking.
Without further ado, I present to you the first episode of MBellish Your Cooking: Korea Edition.
The key with cooking, no matter the country or your level of expertise, is being confident in your experimenting. The worst thing that will happen is that it doesn’t taste amazing, and in that case you try again the next night. Cooking here is exciting because of all the new Korean flavors you can add to your dishes. Start small, and prepare food the way you would back home, with similar flavors. Then slowly add in new spices and foods. You’ll be surprised how good your food will taste with just a little bit of creativity and confidence.
Melissa Bellish has been an English instructor at an April English branch in Bucheon since January 2011. After four fabulous years at Pennsylvania State University studying International Affairs, she decided the best way to expand her knowledge first-hand was to live and work abroad! She decided to go to South Korea to teach English as a way to experience a completely new culture and try to figure out her life. Melissa loves meeting new people, taking crazy pictures, cooking and shopping, which makes living in Korea a perfect fit for her. Have questions about teaching in South Korea? Follow Melissa on Twitter at http://twitter.com/aclipsemelissa or send her an email at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org!