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1. I really hope that wasn't supposed to be authentic Korean food, because if so, bibimbap has about as much taste as rice and vegetables. When the biggest flavor is coming from tofu, I'd say there's something wrong with the picture.

ETA2: I have been reassured I could not possibly have been eating the Real Thing, and I have also been taunted with several mouthwatering recipes. Fortunately, my step-dad spent a lot of time in Korea and knows his Korean food, so maybe when I'm home visiting I'll finagle him into getting us lunch from his favorite little Korean diner. So no fear, I will not remain ignorant forever!

2. It's really fucking hot out there, so I categorically refused to wear black interview slacks. I wore jeans. I did not wear short-sleeves or open-toed shoes, however. I do have my standards.

3. I talked to the recruiter before the interview, and told her that this would be a pointless exercise on my end. Why couldn't I see the work environment? What information could I possibly get from a single person in a restaurant that would give me any idea of whether I would want to work there? Her response: "Actually, that's a really good question."

4. If I do end up taking this contract, the first words out of my mouth may possibly be: "for the love of all that's holy, do not put someone else through that, or at least take the fucking hint when they say they can't make it for lunchtime."

5. The high point: walking to the address and passing a guy on a big fat low Harley. He starts up the engine and immediately the car alarms go off on the little hatchbacks fore and aft of him. And me, my inner 18-yr-old just thought that was awesome.

6. Do I want this contract? Let me put it this way: I have bills to pay, so I wouldn't turn it down. But it's nowhere near the top of my list, either.

7. If that really was authentic Korean food, then I am the victim of a massive PR conspiracy or something.

[Also: apparently when this town says a place has "atmosphere", what that really means is, "we don't have a big television but it'll still be so damn loud you'll need to yell at your lunch partner". Why can't I ever find out these local translations before the fact?]

Date: 9 Jun 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
hollyberries: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hollyberries
Uh, no. Bibimbap is supposed to be a combination of delicious veggies and rice (and marinated beef if you're not a vegetarian). They didn't even put gochujang on there? :O

Re: Interview - Ugh. I hope you get the other one!

Date: 9 Jun 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sevenall
Of course not. Bibimbap is spicy and delicious. Yum. I love hwedupbap best, though.


That said, last time I made Korean bbq with banchan, I noted that the dishes tended towards the same flavour profile - garlic, chili, spring onion, fish sauce, ginger, sesame oil.

What I want to know is

Date: 9 Jun 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
ext_141054: (Default)
From: [identity profile] christeos-pir.livejournal.com
What is 'baked miso' and how do you make it, coz according to my research it's used to lure the Binbogami ("Poverty Kami," a deity who drains your luck) out of your house.

Date: 10 Jun 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
sharibet: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sharibet
They did a lunch interview for a contract position? Wow.

Did you at least get some kind of idea whether the job would be bearable as a short-term gig?

Also, things got crazy-busy on this end, so I didn't have a chance to reply to your previous note about why bar food was objectionable to you, but until you mentioned the intimate/eroticized aspects of eating with fingers, I hadn't even considered that aspect. Mostly I was just hearing my very proper German grandmother saying, "Civilized people don't eat with their fingers!"

(I eat finger food all the time, having grown up in California, but am very careful not to do so when I'm visiting Germany.)

My favorite Korean dish is spicy pork bulgogi, which my neighborhood restaurant serves on a sizzling iron platter with onions that slowly caramelize as you dig into the paper-thin slices of melt-in-your-mouth sweet chili goodness.

Date: 10 Jun 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
nagasvoice: lj default (Default)
From: [personal profile] nagasvoice
Also, noise is too easy to cover things where the recruiter says you heard and agreed to things that were neither.
And noooo, that's not how bibimbap is supposed to taste, horrors!
Take it as a bad reflection on the employer's taste in recruiters.

Date: 10 Jun 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rurounitriv.livejournal.com
I don't claim to be an expert on Korean food, and I'm not 100% sure I've had that particular dish (it's been a few years) but I've never tasted anything that bland in a Korean place. Korean food that I've tasted has had real depth of flavor, lots of spices but not necessarily bite.

Now I'm craving Korean. I don't think there's a Korean place within 60 miles of me. Woe.

This is so OT but

Date: 10 Jun 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
soukup: Kodama from Mononoke-hime (Default)
From: [personal profile] soukup
o.O what is happening in your icon?!

Re: bwahahaha

Date: 10 Jun 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
soukup: Coyolxauhqui scratching her chin with text "ORLY?" (ORLY?)
From: [personal profile] soukup
Oh, I thought maybe it was a Pez dispenser. Why? Does it look like something else to you?

*looks innocent*

Speaking of Korean food

Date: 10 Jun 2011 08:13 am (UTC)
thejeopardymaze: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thejeopardymaze
Do you know of any good cookbooks on that subject?

Date: 10 Jun 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
majoline: picture of Majoline, mother of Bon Mucho in Loco Roco 2 (Default)
From: [personal profile] majoline
I think it was just a crap restaurant, since bland =/= Korean food in my head.

Date: 11 Jun 2011 06:26 am (UTC)
sharibet: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sharibet
Had pork bulgogi for dinner tonight, actually, along with a dozen or so of the tiny side-dishes served with the main course: daikon radish salad with Meyer lemon dressing; candied minnows with garlic; kimchi cabbage; kimchi daikon; kimchi zucchini; slices of omelette with chopped bell pepper; fish cakes in a peppery-teriyaki style sauce; bean sprouts with sesame oil and garlic; and squares of seaweed jelly topped with what tasted like a fermented miso paste sauce, chili flakes, and green onion.

Yesterday's interview sounds like an absolutely dismal experience, and I hope today's interviews were a bit more professional, at least. Good luck with the job hunt--I find they're usually really draining, with bonus whacks to one's self-esteem.


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