Food is love.
Do you know why I say that?
Because I have no friends and food is low maintenance. Because food connects people—food connects cultures and fosters a greater understanding of all walks of life.
My group from AALEC—the Asian American Leadership and Educational Conference held every year at SMU (Southern Methodist University) as part of their Asian Council… more on that to come!—planned a reunion for last April 14. The plan was set to go to a restaurant near Super H-Mart, a Korean supermarket in Carrolton. (Side note: another one is opening close to my house and I’m super excited!)
Well, I can’t really say it was much of a reunion since it was actually cancelled a few hours before I was supposed to start, but I forgot to check. Whoops. Luckily for me, my friend Julie was already waiting at Café Mozart next door! Since we made it all the way out there, we decided we’d at least get a decent meal out of it. My friend Julie is Korean, which made her the perfect companion at Omi Korean Bar & Grill right next door!
When we got there, we decided to splurge a little bit and have samgyupsal (also written as “samgyeopsal”), which is basically fatty slices of uncured pork belly grilled at the table.
I don’t know if I’ve ever had samgyupsal before—maybe I did when I was younger but didn’t realize it—so I decided to go with the most fun way: treating it as a completely new experience!
So let the record show that on April 14, 2013, I tried samgyupsal for the first time and actually learned how to eat it! Continue Reading →