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Savoring Korean delicacies

  • Corry Elyda

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 7 2017   /  12:30 am

All you can eat: A typical street food vendor in Seoul sells a variety of fried snacks, like toppoki (rice cake with spicy sauce) and odeng (fish cake soup).When visiting a tourist center in Jung Gu, Seoul, one sunny yet cool afternoon, The Jakarta Post employees and other invitees of the Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) Jakarta were startled to find that lunch was not ready. Instead of being taken to lunch tables, the participants faced rows of kitchen tables full of ingredients, just like in a scene in a cooking competition show. Chef Lee Jong-im was ready with her apron and knives. “We are going to cook haemul pajeon and japchae,” she said in Korean while an interpreter translated her words. Looking at the bewildering faces of the guests, she then explained that haemul pajeon was a Korean seafood pancake while japchae was stir-fried noodles with...