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« Reply #2520 on: April 11, 2018, 04:30:33 PM »
I think I've stumbled onto the secret to making Korean food. All these years I thought the key ingredient to an authentic Korean taste was red pepper, or maybe garlic or soy sauce.

Nope.

It's sesame oil.

I'm on another one of my "let's try eating healthy for a change" kicks, so I've been trying to make different variations of vegetarian multigrain rice bibimbap. One of the vegetables I bought to put in it was fresh spinach, but it was a bit weird. I decided to learn to make sigeumchi namul out of it to mix that in instead, and that fit much better. However, since I substituted olive oil for the sesame oil the recipe called for, the sigeumchi namul tasted a bit... wrong. Not bad, mind you, just not authentic.

I had soy bean sprouts on hand, so the next day I decided I wanted to learn to make proper kongnamul to add to my bibimbap. Taking the lesson I learned from the sigeumchi namul, I picked up a bottle of sesame oil on the way home from work. I made the kongnamul last night, and holy sh!t, you guys, it tasted right. Not only did the kongnamul taste right, but mixing it into my bibimbap made it taste right, too. For the first time ever, something I cooked myself actually made me think "Whoah, this legit tastes like Korean food." I'm convinced that was thanks in large part to the sesame oil.

It's actually kinda sad how stoked I am that I was able to cook two of the simplest korean dishes known to man. Considering I have on more than one occasion managed to f*ck up Kraft mac & cheese, though, I'll allow myself to be pleased with my burgeoning culinary prowess. My last class of the day was cancelled today, and I've spent the past 45 minutes looking up vegetarian korean recipes, haha.

I love that feeling! Finally nailing a recipe after a lot of effort is an underrated joy imo.

When I was a kid, my mom and I would eat Pho at least once a week in our old town. We moved out and it was a special occasion to go back to that restaurant and have a massive bowl of Pho. We tried making it at home a few times but it never turned out the same until we finally bought this jar of brown paste (cannot remember the name or brand) and suddenly it was like being in that restaurant again.

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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGATHREAD
« Reply #2521 on: April 11, 2018, 04:33:20 PM »
I think I've stumbled onto the secret to making Korean food. All these years I thought the key ingredient to an authentic Korean taste was red pepper, or maybe garlic or soy sauce.

Nope.

It's sesame oil.

I'm on another one of my "let's try eating healthy for a change" kicks, so I've been trying to make different variations of vegetarian multigrain rice bibimbap. One of the vegetables I bought to put in it was fresh spinach, but it was a bit weird. I decided to learn to make sigeumchi namul out of it to mix that in instead, and that fit much better. However, since I substituted olive oil for the sesame oil the recipe called for, the sigeumchi namul tasted a bit... wrong. Not bad, mind you, just not authentic.

I had soy bean sprouts on hand, so the next day I decided I wanted to learn to make proper kongnamul to add to my bibimbap. Taking the lesson I learned from the sigeumchi namul, I picked up a bottle of sesame oil on the way home from work. I made the kongnamul last night, and holy sh!t, you guys, it tasted right. Not only did the kongnamul taste right, but mixing it into my bibimbap made it taste right, too. For the first time ever, something I cooked myself actually made me think "Whoah, this legit tastes like Korean food." I'm convinced that was thanks in large part to the sesame oil.

It's actually kinda sad how stoked I am that I was able to cook two of the simplest korean dishes known to man. Considering I have on more than one occasion managed to f*ck up Kraft mac & cheese, though, I'll allow myself to be pleased with my burgeoning culinary prowess. My last class of the day was cancelled today, and I've spent the past 45 minutes looking up vegetarian korean recipes, haha.

Good job! This is true. The sesame oil (sometimes 참기름 sometimes 들기림) is almost universally the main seasoning found in most small side dishes.

For the most part, almost everything can get its main flavour from some combination of sesame oil, gochujang, soy sauce, garlic and 된장 in different proportions. But yeah - some blanched veg and sesame oil and a bit of salt almost always tastes pretty decent.

YES. I love me some sesame oil. It makes almost everything better. (Obvs not literally everything but most Korean things.

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« Reply #2522 on: April 11, 2018, 05:37:59 PM »
^ Agreed

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« Reply #2523 on: April 12, 2018, 12:28:03 PM »
They fixed my speakers!!

The previous teachers have had to deal with them popping and squeaking and static so loud you can't hear anything. They finally fixed them for me and I am so so happy right now

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« Reply #2524 on: April 12, 2018, 01:49:07 PM »
I had a successful 3rd grade class for once!!

Those who wanted to learn came and sat by me and did the lesson and others who I have issues with sat on their phones.  When another teacher came in I just looked at her and the kids and went back to the lesson so she could deal with them.

I told her last week I couldn't teach them and it was a waste of time and she saw it firsthand when they didn't listen to her either .

Take any success you can get  :laugh: It's not worth stressing over the kids who won't even try. Focus on the ones who reciprocate your efforts.
I had to do that with one class last year. They were little monsters, only class I've ever despised. I ended up teaching about 5 girls while the other 37 students did whatever the hell else.

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« Reply #2525 on: April 12, 2018, 02:03:03 PM »
Got off the bus this morning and an ajumma equipped with a large bin full of sandwiches and packs of wet wipes shoved a set at me.  I love freebies such as these  :laugh:  Another time on my way to class I was gifted with a sandwich accompanied with apple juice.

The free food givers are affiliated with some church but I must say that I like their brand of advertising!  That's the way to do it!   :laugh:

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« Reply #2526 on: April 12, 2018, 02:29:09 PM »
The Principal at my second school is newer than I am at this school. So when we first met, she offered to have conversations with me to practice my Korean during my down time. Once a week I'll go to her office and sit down, have a cup of tea and practice. It's gotten to a point now where practice is actual conversations. I told her about how I was having trouble with some noisy students, and she talked with the VP and my co-teachers. Needless to say, my co-teachers are taking a new approach to assisting me, and I'm all for it.
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« Reply #2527 on: April 13, 2018, 10:03:12 AM »
Got off the bus this morning and an ajumma equipped with a large bin full of sandwiches and packs of wet wipes shoved a set at me.  I love freebies such as these  :laugh:  Another time on my way to class I was gifted with a sandwich accompanied with apple juice.

The free food givers are affiliated with some church but I must say that I like their brand of advertising!  That's the way to do it!   :laugh:
Woah, that's the way to go! I would love that, I've only every gotten tissues or water tissues.

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« Reply #2528 on: April 13, 2018, 12:08:27 PM »
Got off the bus this morning and an ajumma equipped with a large bin full of sandwiches and packs of wet wipes shoved a set at me.  I love freebies such as these  :laugh:  Another time on my way to class I was gifted with a sandwich accompanied with apple juice.

The free food givers are affiliated with some church but I must say that I like their brand of advertising!  That's the way to do it!   :laugh:
Woah, that's the way to go! I would love that, I've only every gotten tissues or water tissues.

Been in Korea long?  :laugh: Just messing around~~ :afro: :evil: :laugh:

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« Reply #2529 on: April 13, 2018, 12:11:49 PM »
Got off the bus this morning and an ajumma equipped with a large bin full of sandwiches and packs of wet wipes shoved a set at me.  I love freebies such as these  :laugh:  Another time on my way to class I was gifted with a sandwich accompanied with apple juice.

The free food givers are affiliated with some church but I must say that I like their brand of advertising!  That's the way to do it!   :laugh:

They used to call that "taking the soup" in Ireland.

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« Reply #2530 on: April 13, 2018, 03:04:13 PM »
Idiom charades is literally the best idea I have ever had as a teacher.

My academic high school students laughed so hard they cried, plus they learned a ton of English that they didn't know already (for some reason, even the fluent ones don't know most idioms).

That was a very satisfying way to end the work week.   ;D
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« Reply #2531 on: April 13, 2018, 03:23:34 PM »
Idiom charades is literally the best idea I have ever had as a teacher.

My academic high school students laughed so hard they cried, plus they learned a ton of English that they didn't know already (for some reason, even the fluent ones don't know most idioms).

That was a very satisfying way to end the work week.   ;D

Share with me pleease!  :angel:
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« Reply #2532 on: April 13, 2018, 03:24:17 PM »
Got off the bus this morning and an ajumma equipped with a large bin full of sandwiches and packs of wet wipes shoved a set at me.  I love freebies such as these  :laugh:  Another time on my way to class I was gifted with a sandwich accompanied with apple juice.

The free food givers are affiliated with some church but I must say that I like their brand of advertising!  That's the way to do it!   :laugh:
Woah, that's the way to go! I would love that, I've only every gotten tissues or water tissues.
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« Reply #2533 on: April 14, 2018, 06:13:56 PM »
Idiom charades is literally the best idea I have ever had as a teacher.

My academic high school students laughed so hard they cried, plus they learned a ton of English that they didn't know already (for some reason, even the fluent ones don't know most idioms).

That was a very satisfying way to end the work week.   ;D

Share with me pleease!  :angel:

Sure thing! I'll make a post on Monday and let you know ^_^
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« Reply #2534 on: April 16, 2018, 08:53:17 AM »
I found this brand of Japanese noodles I love, online. The vendor is in Japan, and there is free shipping to Korea, even if you only buy a single packet. :D

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« Reply #2535 on: April 17, 2018, 09:40:21 AM »
Got off the bus this morning and an ajumma equipped with a large bin full of sandwiches and packs of wet wipes shoved a set at me.  I love freebies such as these  :laugh:  Another time on my way to class I was gifted with a sandwich accompanied with apple juice.

The free food givers are affiliated with some church but I must say that I like their brand of advertising!  That's the way to do it!   :laugh:
Woah, that's the way to go! I would love that, I've only every gotten tissues or water tissues.

Been in Korea long?  :laugh: Just messing around~~ :afro: :evil: :laugh:
Haha, far too long. It's my last year and I'm finally bouncing in August.

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« Reply #2536 on: April 17, 2018, 10:57:17 AM »
At the start of the semester, I contacted the principal of a high school back home I know, to see if he could ask around the students there, if there was any interest in being a penpal with some of my Korean students. I wasn't sure if any students from back home would be interested, but was hoping for about 5 - 7 students (about how many of my Korean students I expected to be interested). The principal got back to me on Sunday, and a little double of that from back home was interested.
I've been asking around my main school in Korea, and 10 students were interested at first, but that dropped to 7 pretty quickly; but each of the 7 students are very interested in start writing to some English people their own age. :D

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« Reply #2537 on: April 17, 2018, 03:58:07 PM »
I walked past a VERY old woman this morning.  Of course, I said 안녕하세요 with a deep bow.  She answered with a "Yeh" then an "I love you too"...  I actually squealed it was so cute.

My 5th grade CT is heading to Canada at the end of the year and wants to study/practice her English so we're doing a Language Exchange.  Two days a week.  YAY!  No more paying for lessons. 

My 4th grade CT is the sweetest thing!  He goes out of his way to bring me things (stapler, hole punch, etc) He talks to me in the hall whenever he sees me. Asks me what I did on the week end. Etc etc.  Is English is God awful but he tries so hard.  A+ for effort!  One day I got chalk all over my coat (it's a really old school out in the sticks) and he sat and brushed it off for me. 

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« Reply #2538 on: April 18, 2018, 12:02:54 PM »
This is gonna sound really petty lol

Today, I had my class with the chaotic 1st grade middle school boys. One student in particular seeks attention at every opportunity. I was discussing appearances and the phrase "What does he/she look like?" I pull up a picture of several celebrities and eventually Michael Jordan. Of Course, Mr. Spotlight has to chime in: "Teacher! Looks like you!"

(Now, usually, I brush off these comments because I look like every black person ever according to Koreans, but not this time.)

"And you look like Kim Jong-Un." Class goes wild and he covers his head in shame. I'll admit its a bit sad that I found joy in this, but I'll take any victory at this point.  :angel:
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« Reply #2539 on: April 24, 2018, 05:40:30 PM »
I made coffee tonight, real coffee from grounds, and I feel suddenly significantly more at peace with life.
I'd been putting it off because I didn't want to buy a maker and just bought those premix packs at the store.

I forgot how much simpler things are with a nice steaming cup of coffee in my hands.