Thursday, April 14, 2011
Time to politically-correct the dictionary...
Mi-yak guk is a Korean seaweed soup. I’ve come to appreciate the taste of seaweed in its various forms during my time here – even mi-yak guk. Here, in soup form, the weed can’t be hidden and be all crispy, salty, and thin as it is in a California Roll or as thin and brittle strips of kim (which go quite well with a glass of lighter beer). In the soup, it’s generally limp, slimy and green – it’s seaweed in its most familiar form. But, it’s very good for you, and as I said, I have grown to appreciate it for what it is.
Today’s mi-yak guk, however, was less appealing. It tasted (exactly) like the smell of the old flamingo house at the Calgary Zoo. That’s pungent stuff.
Korean staff agreed. A colleague borrowed the dictionary on my phone and the entry explained the smell thusly:
Fishy; smelling of fish; bloody, smelling of blood; stingy, niggardly, miserly."