Food for Thought: Korean Food

Acrostic sonnet appetizing poems and proverbs

“Nam–ui deok-ee deo keo-bo-een-da” or “Your rice cake looks bigger than mine.” It means the grass is always greener on the other side.

Bibimbap Rap and Gimchi Gazetteer
B-Bibimbap is rice, egg, meat, vegetables in hot sauce
I-Incheon means “kind river” large seaport city, pop. 2.5 million
B-Busan means kettle mountain, the shape of a mountain nearby
I-Incheon has had a Hyanggo, Confucian School, since 1392
M-Making kimchi is an essential skill for men and women
B-Bring on the “bugeo guk” (seafood soup) and bulgogi
A-A name for the Korean peninsula is Hanbando
P-Pyongyang North Korea is only 121 miles from Seoul

G-Gimchi, fermented vegetables, is spelled kimchi on Western menus
I-Interest in Buddhist temples remains strong with Koreans
M-Military protection lies along the northern border
C-Chili pepper and chili powder predominate in kimche
H-Hot peppers are good for heart problems and spice up your life
I-Investigate many different forms of gimchi/ kimchi immediately

“Geu-reem-ui deok” or “A picture of a rice cake.” You see the picture and it makes you hungry. You are close to something but still not quite able to reach it.
“Soo-bak geot-halt-gi” or “Licking the outside of a watermelon.” Like just scratching the surface. This Korean proverb implies someone has made a decision or comment without knowing all the facts.

Bulgogi Ballad and Japchae Journal

B-Bulgogi which means “fire meat” is Korean BBQ beef
U-Usually it is made with beef but can be pork or chicken
L-Lots of Koreans drink a 22-percent rice wine called soju
G-Galbi or kalbi is the Korean word for “rib,” usually beef
O-On most Korean tables are different types of kimchi
G-Guksu is the Korean word for noodles
I-In bulgogi you will find pear or apple used as a sweet marinade

J-Japchae is a Korean noodle dish with marinated beef and veggies
A-Apples are used as a tenderizer in bulgogi, garlic and ginger spice it up
P-Pears from Korea are preferred for use in bulgogi and kalbi
C-Cakes of glutinous rice, tteok, a dessert accompany Korean meals
H-Have some Korean fruit desserts after your meal
A-Americans don’t like seeing dog meat served on the menu
E-Eat the watermelon. Don’t lick the outside, facts are inside

“Mee-oon nom deok ha-na deo joon da” or “Give one more rice cake to a person you hate.” In other words, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

(Joey ‘Pepe Batbon’ Connolly, Special to the Saipan Tribune)
Joey “Pepe Batbon” Connolly is a retired teacher and has been named a poet laureate of Tinian. He has taught English in CNMI public schools for the past 30 years. He has also taught in Alaska, New Orleans, and Las Vegas.

Joey 'Pepe Batbon' Connolly

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