Give Thanks and Praises

Teach a man to grill fish…

If you teach a man to grill fish…

and he can prepare a delicious Chuseok feast!

Let there be fish

Chuseok is sort of the Thanksgiving equivalent for Koreans. Follow the lunar calendar  and you know it takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, and according to Visit Korea, the website for Korea Tourism Organization, it’s on September 30th this year.  The tradition of farmers showing their thankfulness for the first rice harvest of the year is a national affair with families traveling hours to return to their hometown so they can give thanks and praises to their ancestors and prepare to feast on their family’s traditional dishes.  Lovely stuff like cabbage and radish kimchi, braised short ribs, homemade rice cakes and 전 (jun) of all sorts (“jun” is in the category of foodstuffs like kimchi pancakes or vegetables dipped in flour and egg then fried e.g. zucchini).

Whee-haw, get along little doggies!

I know we celebrated Thanksgiving when I was little because I can’t shake the memory of my mom’s leathery turkeys (the only time of year we ate turkey), but not Chuseok.  Too bad because I’ll take Korean food over the Butterballiest turkey any day.  But one of the good things about being a grown up is that you can make up your own traditions as you go along.

A couple of years ago, the Boyfriend suggested we grill some whole Arctic char for Chuseok and invite the Old Ladies over.  And that’s what we did.

So long and thanks for all the fish!

If Jah didn’t love I (love I),
If I didn’t love I (love I),
If Jah didn’t love I (love I),
If I didn’t love I,
Would I be around today?

                                 –Bob Marley

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2 thoughts on “Give Thanks and Praises

  1. Pingback: Chuseok, Take Two | DIY Korean Food

  2. Pingback: How I Spent My Chuseok (Or Taking The Old Ladies To Dominick’s) | DIY Korean Food

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