On the Finish Independence Day Sunyoung and Hyejin had promised to cook me and Johanna (my flatmate) Korean food. I really looked forward to this, it was (in a way) the turn for Korean food after we made some German food the week before.
Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures (Hyejin and Sunyoung took some – so you might see them in their posts) because I used my phone to play German Christmas songs while we were preparing the food. Our meeting was supposed to be for learning German after all! 🙂
While we were chopping, slicing and cooking everything, we switched through English, German, Finish and Korean quite randomly and talked about whatever came to mind. It might have looked quite funny to outsiders and even we got a little confused from time to time…
But we managed to get everything done as it should be and even watched the Independence fireworks from the balcony for a moment.
The food tasted great – it was something like mixed rice, where you put onions, meat, zucchini, mushrooms and salad together. Sunyoung and Hyejin had brought a special Chili-sauce (really quite hot) and sesame-oil, which was supposed to be mixed under the food. I started quite carefully, as I wasn’t too sure about how hot I like my food and not at all used to the taste of sesame-oil. But even though the food was really different from what I am used to, it was great! I especially liked the meatballs we had made in addition to the mixed-rice ingredients. And fortunately a small portion was left, just enough for me to eat on the next day! 🙂
As we were eating I realized that 6.12. is a special day in Germany as well, as it is “Nikolaustag”. Nikolaus is a saint who gave gifts to poor people when he lived and he is believed (or children are made to believe) to come on the night between 5. and 6. December to leave something nice for children that have been well behaved. He is quite much like Santa Claus actually. Only, that it is tradition to polish one’s shoes (my family would use rubber-boots, as it is possible to fit much more into them than into ordinary shoes) and put them outside in the evening. In the morning they will be filled with apples, clementines and nuts. Nowadays people use less and less of these healthy things and more of chocolate or candy – in some families children even get “real” gifts. But I think the idea of fruits and nuts is much better (I can’t say no to chocolate, but even so), as it is much more traditional. The saint Nicolas probably really gave these kinds of things to poor children – I doubt he would give them chocolate or expensive toys or useless stuff.
Well, anyways this means our dinner was a Korean dinner on Finish Independence day as well as on German Nikolaustag. Quite a cultural mess, don’t you think? 😀