Since I train at Jung Suwon, and work at Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s company Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, I work with a lot of Koreans. Wonderful people and I have a great time interacting with them and often times get some recipes for old time Korean goodies, although, the recipes are more like my grandmothers’ : take a handful of this, and a smidgen of that…..and add enough spices to make it taste right….
Anyway, one time, one of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s Korean friends, after a lovely dinner, looked me straight into the eyes and said, “white bitch!”
Gasp! My jaw dropped.
You can imagine what I felt. I had known this wonderful gentleman for many years, and had absolutely no ideas why he would call me bitch. I had no idea what was going on. And to my biggest surprise, all the other Koreans in the room started to laugh, no, roar uncontrollably.
I was lost. Not only was I being called a white bitch and now they were laughing! Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim stepped in, and between laughs, explained that what he meant to say, was “white peach,” but because of pronunciation difficulties, it turned into “bitch.”
Good thing I didn’t take him seriously when he asked me to go to the crapp house and pick up some food (He had meant a restaurant called the “Crab House.”
So last week a charming Korean lady, visiting Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, and wanted to cook a traditional Korean meal. This was great, and as she was serving all kinds of wonderful food, when she served a particular marinated vegetable, she shook her head and said, “I haven’t killed it enough, I think I have to go kill it some more!”
This was an entirely plant based dish! Nothing even remotely needing to be killed, and besides, I typically don’t have anything alive sitting in the fridge! Again, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim was laughing – she understood completely!
She explained that what this lady meant was that she needed to marinate the Korean greens longer to make them more tender!
Hope you had a good laugh today!