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How I celebrate Christmas

Two years ago, my family and I had a wonderful homemade Korean meal cooked by my father’s girlfriend which you can view below.

The first couple of pictures from the slideshow is where my dad lives in Tennessee. The rest of the pictures show off his girlfriend’s galbi (Korean bbq beef ribs), japchae (glass noodles), yangnyeom gejang (spicy raw marinated crab) and haepari nengche (cold mustard jellyfish salad).

photo(2)The next year my aunt responded big and put together a homemade spread that you can take a look at to the left. I can’t recall everything that made it to her table but there were a few types of fried vegetable fritters, her version of galbi, a spicy pork stir-fry and of course a huge medley of banchan (seasonal side dishes).

Before my schedule got too hectic (or rather before I used my schedule as an excuse to not cook), I used to put together one of those meals that I spoke of back around Thanksgiving that married my Korean heritage and American upbringing.

It’s been a while since I’ve volunteered for the responsibility of the family holiday meal, but I’m eager to get back in there and pull my fair share of the weight. For those of you that are running with the ball this year (or every year for that matter), I take my hat off to you.

This year my dad’s girlfriend is running the show again, but this time it will be in the familiarity of her own kitchen rather than have to shuttle it all over to my dad’s.

Maybe next year, I can give them both a rest and report back here on a meal I put together.

- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

– Gene Lee writes about International Cuisine for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Eat, Drink, Man… A Food Journal.

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Kev

December 21st, 2010
8:49 pm

The food at both places looks wonderful.

Kristen

December 22nd, 2010
9:26 am

When I first saw this post, I thought Kessler had written it. I then thought “Holy crap, Kessler’s Korean?” LOL! What a beautiful place, and what a delish looking spread. Filled with jealousy as I head to Cleveland, OH to eat God-knows-what…

sandie

December 22nd, 2010
12:28 pm

Please share the galbi recipe :) I can’t get enough of this stuff. BiBimBop would be good and so would kalbi… Ahh man now I need a fix.

sandie

December 22nd, 2010
12:35 pm

oh and let’s not forget the bulgoki

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