we had delicious home cooked galbi at a korean australian friend’s place tonight. she’s also lucky to have her mom live in the same town, which means she gets home made kimchi and was able to generously share it with us tonight. not to be a kimchi (or korean food) snob, but any korean person will tell you that mass produced kimchi bought in stores is almost always inferior to the ones carefully pickled at home. no, i’m not korean, but being married to one has certainly made me more particular about this. unfortunately, i have not penetrated the kimchi making world and in the last year away from the K-in-law’s, we’ve gone through jars of unsatisfactory tasting mass made kimchis. we’ve been lucky to have a couple of korean friends who have sporadically fed us with home made kimchi, and tonight was one of those lucky nights for us!
the well marinated and cooked galbi, home made kimchi, delightful korean style cucumber salad, really put our taste buds over the moon.
tonight’s meal also really reminded me that i need to try out more korean recipes. it was kind of an unspoken promise i made to bry’s mom when we left LA for melb, that i will endeavor to keep feeding bry with korean food. jang jo rim, a pickled beef meat, will be first on my list! as for kimchi…? hopefully i’ll get to make it sometime in the next 5 years.