How many newspapers, websites, and televisions shows have waxed in rhapsody over the excellent food in the Pacific Northwest? For a relatively sparsely populated region, we have an unbelievable food culture. Even our local fast food joint will practically tell you the name of the cow who gave their life for your burger, or at minimum will tell you what farm the beef was sourced from. Menus change constantly, in accordance with the seasons, and whatever is available at the local markets. We have rotating organic seasonal beers on top. And we have berries and fruit like you would not believe.
But the one thing we don’t have is any decent Korean food. I one time asked the founder of the Oregon Korean Foundation where to get decent Korean food, and he looked at me, and without even skipping a beat, told me to drive to the airport and buy a ticket to LA.
So I’m setting out learning how to cook food that is not from my childhood. Food that I didn’t grow up eating, or food that I grew up eating, for which there are no local ingredients. Wish me luck!