So I ended up cooking the can of bundaegi. I decided to sauté them. All I did was season with salt and pepper, and sauté, -very simple. Not knowing how it tastes made it a bit of a challenge to decide on what to season it with and how to prepare and cook it. I only have a slight idea of how it tastes based on what I have heard from others and from the smell. They say that the majority of the taste is in the smell. But then again, some items taste way different than they smell. So I was still clueless on how this disgusting can of worms tasted.
Like I said, all I did was season with salt and pepper. I wasn’t even sure if it had a salty taste to it already or if it even needed any more salt added. I gave an unseasoned, un-sautéd piece to my mom to try so she can tell me if it’s already salty or not. She said it wasn’t. “What does it taste like?” I asked her.
So this is how it looks drained from all that disgusting liquid. Does it look any more appetizing out of the liquid?
She asked me how I made them, and I told her that I just seasoned and sautéd them. Like everyone else that I know that had bundaegi, mom has only tried the boiled version. I guess that is the traditional way to cook bundaegi. She said she liked them sautéd better than the boiled. And suddenly she said “bundaegi is not complete without beer.” Yeah, my mom and I have totally different palates. I don’t like beer and would never eat bugs.
If you don’t understand Korean, she is saying something in the likes of, “This is so good with beer. It’s full of protein and other nutrients, so it must be great for the skin. It reminds me of bundaegi eating in Korea. So delicious!” And yes, I (the director) told her to say how delicious it is and to sound like a bundaegi ad. And that was the best she could do lol.
Usually when I see someone eating something so deliciously, it totally makes me crave some, but ummm no, not with these.
And then my dad comes along and my mom offers him some. He really seemed to enjoy them too. He was like, “Wow! It’s been about 40 years since I’ve had these. It reminds me of the good old days.” They both ate the bugs deliciously while reminiscing about old times.
I think that the walnut pastries from Cocohodo tops all of the ones I had while growing up. These things are addicting! And I can’t remember ever being addicted to the walnut pastries from childhood.
The hodu gwajas come individually wrapped. They are warm upon purchase. I guess they are kept in the oven or reheated per order?
I don’t ever come here to hang out. I just pick up my stuff and bounce. The median age of the crowd here seems to be 50s~60s. They sit around and chat about church matters, business ideas, gossip about other church members, and make fun of their children. Well, that’s what I’ve gathered so far from my visits here. It seems like the place my mom would come to with her friends to talk shit about me and laugh with her friends. She even tells me what she said when she was making fun of me to her friends. And she also tells me what other ladies say when making fun of their kids and husbands.