This NY Times restaurant review had me extremely amused. It's a review of a Korean restaurant, and filled with reverent words to signify just how different, original, and exotic the food is. Passages like, "a sprinkle of al dente yellow soy beans finished with a soy-sugar-glaze; a tender tangle of wilted watercress or spinach." It's cuisine.

...HAHAHAHAHA *wipes tears* That's all peasant food, dude. Every last thing on the menu. Really tasty, really good for you, but yeah.

It reads like a tourist travel writer thinking they were invited to the king's palace for lunch, but really wound up at the local Denny's. (Though peasant food did find its roots from royal cuisine: after feast days in the royal palace, leftover food would be distributed to the villages, where commoners could taste what was eaten in the palace--and copy it in day to day life.

You can actually get royal meals in Korea, that is, traditional meals that would have been offered to the king, with the accompanying price tag. They're pretty fancy in an understated, elegant way. I think that Americans would like the traditional food better than I did, actually, because from what I remember, there was a lot of meat, and not enough spice. (Ahm. Spiiiicy.)



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