Wednesday, March 02, 2005
The Unending Traditional Korean Meal: Pumpkin Soup
The first dish to arrive was a lukewarm pumpkin soup called hopuckjuk. It had a thick sticky texture with a sweet taste. The black beans in the soup were slightly tough, like extra al dente, so I'm guessing they were there mostly to serve as a nice garnish.
I've recently discovered that pumpkin is really good for you. It has a lot of "carotene, which aids in the absorption of Vitamin A, and also contains a diuretic that is effective for reducing the swelling of pregnant women and for treating people with kidney ailments." There is a Korean saying that "to protect against stroke, pumpkin should be eaten on the winter solstice." Great! Eat pumpkin!
Additionally, the spoon had a nice weight to it, made out of bronze or something (EG noted that they were expensive and joked around with the ajiuma that he'd like to take a few with him when he leaves). When the spoon hit the bowl it chimed like a bell or one of those singing meditation bowls. Overall, it's a nice way to start a meal.
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