Korean Pancakes 🤗❣️

Ryan Reynolds is so hilarious here, I didn’t realize how naturally funny he is. He’s trying Korean pancakes, burning his mouth and day drinking, right before a red carpet event. His Korean accent is super impressive too.

Korean savory pancakes are a classic snack, my mother made them for me when I was a kid. She’d cook them while I was watching cartoons or reading in the living room. She never ate any with me, saying, “I ate so much while I was cooking!” (she didn’t, she made it all for me).

Her smile was full of warmth, she loved seeing me eat. When she was a child, she and her family experienced hunger during the war. I remember how my mother would always give me her portion of potatoes, knowing that I loved them.

“Mom why don’t you like potatoes? They’re so delicious!”

“I used to like them, but during the war, I had to eat so many potatoes, that now I still can’t stand to eat them.” She smiled.

I heard stories of how they even ate bark to survive. Seeing me eat, gave her a sense of peace.

I haven’t lived through war, but I also love to see my child eat. It’s a mother’s love, an adoration of the state of being human that causes the joy. That’s what mothers experience, the happiness of having unconditional love for their child. I think it heals my heart of old scars. Love is a gift to both the receiver and giver.

Now I make Korean savory pancakes for my child. He loves them. When he requests them, I feel proud that he likes an aspect of our inherited culture. I think of my mother as I fry the batter into perfectly crispy circles and I smile as I watch my child eat.

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    1. Hi Sharon, thanks for your comment. Sounds interesting, 2 yrs in Korea, I wish I could visit for at least a month. What was your impression of the country and culture? I prefer to eat the pancakes without alcohol, they’re very quick and easy to make.

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      1. I loved Korea and took the opportunity to see different things when I could. It took me a few months to get used to the spicy food. I grew up eating very bland food. I love Kimbop, bibimbop , bulgogi, and chop chae. Hiking in the mountains was one of my favorite things to do. I got to see some of the Buddhist temples that were in the mountains. Some of the people I worked with were happy to show me different locations. I travelled by bus, train, or subway/underground everywhere.

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      2. Sounds like a wonderful experience, hiking in the mountains and seeing temples there, I’m glad coworkers showed you the local tour. I hope I can visit with my son, I haven’t been back since I was 3 yrs old. I’d like to see the countryside, mountains, islands and old way of living, take a break from the urban modernism and crowds but that might be exciting too. You have good taste, the foods you mentioned are the staple dishes, classic for a reason. Yes, the food is often very spicy and can be overwhelming, even for Koreans!😊

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      3. Yes, I’d love to visit with my young son. I heard from my mom that it’s changed a lot, she was sad that the countryside life was comparatively gone. She went last year. I hope some part of the history remains, like the folk villages, but actual living spaces. I guess life moves forward, change is inevitable.

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      4. You would have to visit some of the mountains while there on a trip. I went to one outside Taejon that had a sad history. Women through themselves off cliffs in mass rather than be subject to invaders. Most have temples on them or at the bottom. Some told me some temples were built in the mountains due to the Japanese during WWII not allowing freedom of religious expression.

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      5. So sad, thank you for sharing that information, I didn’t know that happened. Honor was highly valued in Korea, I heard that the aristocratic women used to wear a small, beautifully ornate knife along with their hanbok (traditional dress) just in case of invaders, to avoid being raped. They would rather die than be violated and enslaved. I don’t know if I could be so brave to do that, but I respect their sense of integrity. Many atrocities happened during WWII by the Japanese government, terrible crimes against women, children (trafficked “comfort women”) and against the men too who had to serve in the Japanese army. There was a long-standing issue of atrocities by the Japanese government even before WWII also. I don’t blame the people I blame the government and soldiers. Many Japanese don’t know much the true history because the government covers it up, denies everything.

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      6. If you can get a copy of it Sook Nyul Choi wrote a trilogy about her life . It’s meant for kids but it covers how bad things were . Her first book was about life under the Japanese in what is now North Korea. Then how the Russians pushed the Japanese out and what life was life under the communists. Then how she and some family members escaped to the South. The second book has some family reunited in Seoul and then the Korea War broke out and the boys in her family joined the army while her and her mother fled to Pusan and lived in a shack on the side of a mountain. Then the war ends and she is again reunited with family who are left. She later went to uni in the US and taught in NYC if I remember correctly.

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    1. I’m a feminist, I believe in equality but I also believe there’s a biological component to parenting. I’m not saying that women care more then men do about their children, but I think there’s a lifetime bonding that mother’s have with their children since pregnancy. She was the first voice that the unborn baby heard, she was the first food too, (not always, most babies are bottle fed now), the primal attachment seems biological. Not all mothers are nurturing, some were never cared for as children, and some fathers are very caring and affectionate. I don’t think a mother’s love is better than a father’s love, it’s just different in my opinion.

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  1. Thank you for sharing, Judy. I remember my mom making pancakes from scratch (not from the box) and like you said, just her happiness in seeing me eating and well fed. She turned 90 last July and although age/illness has slowed her down considerably she still has her sense of humor 😊 Ryan Reynolds is naturally funny 😅

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    1. It’s my pleasure to share good memories, I’m glad it brought good memories for you of your sweet mom. Cooking from scratch has much love in it. Your mom sounds very strong, humor is good medicine and keeps us young 💖. My mom’s very funny too. I didn’t know much about Ryan Reynolds but he seems down to earth, humble and funny. I like him more now because of seeing how he was on the YouTube clip. 😊

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      1. Very good memories. Nothing really beats good home cooking. I’m glad your mom has a good sense of humor. She has a strong and gentle spirit ❤ Ryan Reynolds has played a lot of funny, quick witted characters, maybe him just being himself. 🙂

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