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EMERGENCY! Meeting my Korean parents for the first time here, what to cook?

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EMERGENCY! Meeting my Korean parents for the first time here, what to cook?

asiansensation007 | Jan 27, 2009 09:20 PM

The short story is that I and my twin sister were adopted from Korea when we were babies and grew up in America. When I turned 18, I allowed my adoption file to be viewed by my biological parents should they ever inquire of my whereabouts. Frankly, I never actually thought anything would come of it. Lo and behold, two years later, I get a slew of pictures and a heartfelt letter from the parents detailing their lives and how they desperately wanted to meet my sister and I. I actually went to Korea last year after they insisted and I had an amazing time...they were SO hospitable and gracious....I actually stayed at their house for a week eating and traveling all throughout the country, catching a glimpse of the childhood I never had. The food, well it was incredible. Garlicky bulgogi, tender kalbi, firey kimchee... i still dream of these meals. They took me to the finest restaurants in Korea and these remain some of the most memorable meals of my life. My mother is also quite the cook--i know where my voracious love of cooking comes from. :)

Now, a year later, we're in the middle of a recession and life is so much different than when i took this trek. money is extremely tight and I'm looking for a job. I get a phone call and my parents are coming to america in a few days (on Friday!) to stay for just 36 hours ( WHAT!) See, they never met my twin sister, she didnt come with me. So they are getting impatient and desperately want to meet her too. She just got a job as a teacher and is in the process of getting her Masters. She isnt exactly swimming in cash either. So here's my question: We are going to eat out for dinner one day and lunch another. But to save money we are going to do breakfast and dinner at home. I heard Koreans dont eat much cheese, or dairy for that matter so I'm unsure of what to do for breakfast. Does this mean they would be repulsed by buscuits and gravy or cheesy breakfast tacos? When I was in Korea, we had bulgogi, kim bop and salted fish for breakfast...i doubt my sister would go for that. I am cooking at her house and I want them to be impressed. I just dont want to make anything TOTALLY foreign. It also seems that most breakfast items could be potentially seen as dessert....french toast or pancakes drenched in syrup, cinnamon rolls, danish, etc. And I know again, asians arent huge fans of heavy starchy sweets. Please somebody help!

And while you're at it, any asian friendly (semi-inexpensive) dinner ideas?? I thought about chinese but then I figured that would be kind of lame. besides I'll never begin to even come close to how well they do it, so I might as well not set myself up to fail....

Thank you SO much!!

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