Thursday, May 7, 2009

Panchan Aplenty

God knows how many packages of panchan—small side dishes comprising everything from pan-fried pike fish and deep-fried nori to julienned burdock root and radish pickled in sweetened chili paste—we picked up at my aunt's favorite basement market. But when we got there around 6:30 p.m. or so, the panchan was going fast. My aunt had to quickly jockey for position (those Korean ladies can be fierce!) to make sure she didn't miss out on the last of the good stuff, all of which are made fresh daily.

Once we got what we wanted, we cruised over to a neighboring stall to pick up a hunk of the creamiest, most luscious home-made tofu flavored with black bean (also made fresh daily) plus some tasty kimchi-stuffed soybean pancakes.

Plenty to choose from and exactly how I like it. Thanks, eemo!

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