We are all familiar with Korean cuisine, they always have all kinds of side dishes to go with your main meal. Hehe, I guess that’s how the term ‘side dish’ originates when the fans get side-tracked by other yummy male stars? The front 8 bowls belonged to cloudnine and me, so you see there were plenty. But as the name suggests, these are just side dishes, you can eat them anytime you want.
Since this is a special menu, I was told it’d be similar to the Omoni meal – more homey and less formal than the Tae Wang Sang. We started off with a sweet pumpkin soup. I actually prefer this soup to be cold, kind of like eating a pudding :) Hehe, see my pear juice next to it?
Next came the romaine lettuce salad – just a bit spicy. We all know Korean food tend to be on the spicy and salty side. Even though Gosireh’s cuisine stress on nutritious ingredients and natural seasonings, it’s still a bit more salty for my taste.
Then came the 2 hot appetizers – stir fry clear noodles with vegetables; taro, tofu and fish cakes on the hot plate. I usually find people gobble up their appetizers simply because they are hungry in the beginning, so these 2 dishes are very welcome by our sisters. Hehe, and don’t worry there’s not enough, they always bring out 1 piece for each person, no more, no less.
Now that my tummy is happy, I began to survey around the room. The not-too-large room is decorated with antique chests, figurines, vases and a serene butterfly screen. A lot of attention has been paid to the geometry of the patterns on the windows and ceiling. You see, I am really not a food expert like bb. To me, the setting, the decor and the company is more important than the food itself. If you ask me, I am just as content eating a bowl of wonton noodles, hehe, maybe served at the Grand Hyatt? :)
Aha next, our familiar hamburger! Well, I think it actually has a better name in Japanese than that. Last time baba-san and I thought it tasted like teriyaki beef burger, in a good sense.
In fact by now, I was getting quite restless. You remember this HRH seat that I was sitting on. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful or disrespectful, because I am indeed very thankful of this opportunity to be in the VIP room. But check out the height clearance from the floor to the table top?
A foot maybe, give or take 2 inches? If I were a young noble lady in ancient Chosun period, I think I would be a big headache to my parents. Why? because I didn’t even know how and where to put my legs?! Sure I have sat on the floor by the coffee table zillion times watching TV and munching snacks, but that was like 10 minutes, not 2 hours! At first, I tried to place my legs elegantly sideways to the left. But when I noticed my blood circulation had been totally cut off and my legs didn’t even feel my pinching, I shifted them to the right again. So my legs were swung back and forth (discreetly) throughout the meal like a pendulum. A few times when I tried to move my chair backwards, I almost knocked over this vase behind my HRH seat, phew! If I really break it, I guess I will have no choice to pay my debt but to work as HRH’s house maid for life, hahaha!
Well, I could have stretched my legs straight under the table, but then the poor sister on my opposite side would never speak to me again. Now, I wonder how HRH with his super long muscular legs could sit there for hours?? Maybe like this?
See, you probably can tell by now that I am full already, otherwise I would not be talking so much nonsense. Just that I thought I could not eat anymore. They brought out this piping hot soup with shrimp and tofu. Now you say, what is so special about a soup? This soup was so tasty that you want to eat it with lots of rice! Remember our Yong Joon asked for a second bowl of rice in the Omoni video? That was so satisfying, burp! Last time it was this super super delicious ‘abalone and chicken soy milk’ soup, probably the best I’ve ever tasted, very milky and sweet, yum yum!
This sumptuous meal ended with a pair of very ‘pretty’ dessert. Pretty? Because I didn’t really eat them, so they remained very pretty! Cloudnine told me the right one are 3 kinds of mochi – I think nuts, black sesame and not sure about the yellow one. The left one is that famous Hongsi persimmon which Yong Joon loves very much. It’s a frozen fruit – chewy in texture and not too sweet, very nice.
It was an enjoyable 2 hours lunch and kiyomi came in to chat with us. Well, not 'us' us, dear cloudnine translated everything for me of course. She invited us to join the other 60 sisters in the main dining room as the games were about to start. Ha, games, I love games, especially BYJ games! As we walked past the corner of the room, cloudnine pointed out to me the cushion on the floor came from Yong Joon’s home. HRH’s HOME! Now chinggu, contrary to what you think : NO, I did NOT bury my face in the pillow! Hehe at least, not in front of everyone :) Hehehe of course, knowing me, I would make a detour to a more private space before making my way to join the rest of the group .......
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