So Tae-Woong and I drove to a local Korean supermarket. Now I've been in Korean markets before, but this one is new--and huge! They have everything imaginable, and more!
Dried squid for snacking. (Probably healthier than American potato chips.)
Spicy pepper sauce--a staple in Korean cooking--as in Kim-chi.
A wall of soy sauce--every kind imaginable for the discerning chef.
More dried squid.
Dried seaweed--for wrapping around a spoonful of cooked rice and eating as a side dish to meat.
Dried Korean chi-namul (dried wild aster). You'll not find this vegetable in many, if any, American supermarkets.
Cooked and seasoned dried squid--a snack that is popular when drinking beer.
And alcohol made from rice--both the alcohol and the bottle are white!
Wait a minute! Did you say alcohol? Hmmm, yes, that is a pretty bottle, Tae-Woong, but I'm sorry--no drinking alcohol in my house.
Ah, finally! Here's something I recognize--mochi--it's a Japanese treat! I guess Koreans like mochi, too! (My favorite is mochi with sweet bean paste inside.)
Gourmet 'sticky' rice.
And, of course, the 'Cadilac' of rice cookers!
This one is identical to the one that Ki-Bum and Hyun-Wook's parents bought for me a couple of years ago. We use it all the time! You can use it, too, Tae-Woong.
"OK, Mother, I'm ready to cook. How do I make bi bim bop?"
Bi bim bop? It's a staple Korean dish--best described with a picture. Here's one I got off the Internet. Tae-Woong hasn't actually made bi bim bop yet, but he says he will, soon.
Good Luck, Tae-Woong!