Yes, this belongs in the “What Were You Thinking” department. Yet it sort of makes sense.
Sausages = Go well with Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut = Fermented Cabbage
Kimchi = Fermented Cabbage
Sausages = Go well with Kimchi
People are jealous of my powers of logic. Let’s try that again.
Great Tea = Tea Leaves in Hot Water
Tea Leaves = Cured Leaves
Cigar = Cured Leaves
Great Tea = Cigar in Hot Water
This came from a surprise visit from my girlfriend when I was planning to have a simple sausage and crusty bread dinner. In order to please her, I made it a little fusion. She loves good sausages, but she doesn’t like them with simple bread and mustard like I do.
These were sausages I got from the prepped meat section of E-Mart. It’s the closest thing to a deli case, next to the weird side dishes case. This case specializes in flavors of dunkass (breaded pork cutlets) and store made sausages. I normally avoided the sausages because many I’ve had in Korea so far have tasted a little off, as in they used too many fillers. Besides, some of those sausages they had in the display case were green. A cute young lady in a short skirt and what I call Clydesdale leggings was trying to get people to try some sausages she had frying in a pan. This is the strange uniform E-Mart and similar stores have for their aisle girls. They hire these somewhat attractive young girls to dress up as little Sailor Moons to stock the shelves and aggressively hawk their wares.
In the wake of my euphoria in buying the baby crabs and oysters from before, I tried one of the sausages. It tasted good. I bought the 10,000 won ($10) variety pack she was pushing, which included flavors such as bulgogi.
I first boiled the sausages in water topped with some leftover flat beer. There is always a use for old beer and wine. Don’t throw them away.
When they were ready, I added them to a pan that already had some chopped onions frying. After browning the sausage, I threw in some chopped kimchi for a quick go. Cooked kimchi takes on different properties, just as cooked onions take on different properties.
The result was not too bad. Eun Jeong loved it. She ate hers with rice while I ate mine with bread. We would have eaten all of it if I hadn’t overestimated how many sausages we could eat in one sitting.