Taste of Korea Tuesdays: an abundance of fruit (no scurvy for me!)

Dear readers- I’m excited to introduce you to the wonderful variety of eating options in South Korea. This (hopefully weekly) feature will bring to your computer screen some of the meals at my table- I hope you enjoy! 🙂

Living close to Seoul, I do have access to cuisines from around the world- Indian, Thai, Greek, Mexican… and of course, burgers and fries. For now, I’m quite happy to mainly focus on new Korean ingredients and dishes, and leave the American-style hamburgers and strange, strange pizzas for when I’m craving a taste of home.

Produce selection in Korean markets and grocery stores is influenced by the changing seasons- although I hear that greenhouses allow items like chives and leafy greens to be continually available in the winter (thankfully!) Fruit and veggie prices fluctuate from week-to-week, even day-to-day, and scoping out the produce selection makes for a fun daily game. When giant boxes of peaches go on sale, it’s time to discover how many one can eat in a week and a half! (Answer: a lot. A lot of peaches.)

IMG_0006

To take advantage of this sudden abundance, I decided to combine both Canadian and Korean ingredients for a dessert both inventive and familiar.

IMG_0017

Peaches, lemon, cinnamon, soft tofu, and yes, Canadian maple syrup. Maple syrup lovingly brought along on a cross-Pacific flight, for enhanced breakfast experiences.

IMG_0018I served stewed peaches over steamed soft tofu- delightful. 

Having been here over a month and a half now, I’ve experienced definite seasonal shifts. Sultry weather and an abundance of wine grapes, peaches and chummy fruit marked my first few weeks here.

IMG_1956

Chummy melons- tasty little melons native to Korea, with a flavour similar to honeydew.

Temperatures dropped slowly but surely, and rain became a less common occurrence. Cherry and grape tomatoes and green pumpkins were common. One day, eggplants, 5 for 1000w, made an appearance at the local grocery store- what a fool I’d have been to pass that deal up.

IMG_0035

And thus, the preparation of ungodly amounts of breaded eggplant and mushrooms.

IMG_0032

This is one of the more interesting dishes cooked in my apartment- my coworker Grace showed me how to make Filipino-style fried eggplant. Grill an eggplant, peel off the skin, and mash the flesh while leaving the skin intact. Dip the eggplant into beaten eggs and chopped scallions, fry until fully cooked, and serve over rice. It was delicious!

 

Lately, nearly every day is warm and sunny, with trees making their glorious, gradual autumn transition. I try to spend time outside every day- this weather won’t last. It sounds like I’ll be both biking and hiking next weekend- I absolutely look forward to that!

These days, persimmons and figs are ubiquitous. I’ve eaten plenty of the former, but it’s time to pick up some figs and see what all the fuss is about! Stay tuned, hopefully, for figgy and/or persimmony inspiration!

IMG_0029

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Taste of Korea Tuesdays: an abundance of fruit (no scurvy for me!)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s