Remember the story I shared about meeting a Korean family in Cyprus many months ago? Well, this family has truly demonstrated kindness towards us by inviting us for lunches at their home. This time, we invited them over for lunch at our apartment. But it wasn’t only them, we invited another Korean family and a Korean international student to lunch as well. All in all, we had 14 people in the apartment!
I initially felt uncomfortable inviting people over to our small apartment in the first several months of living in Cyprus. However, when the last Korean family invited us over for Korean New Year, we realized that this is how people in Cyprus do things – host dinner parties in tight spaces. (Come to think of it, maybe our NY/NJ friends feel like this at times.)
We offered to make ssam gyup saal (pork belly) and kimchee. If you don’t know this about Cyprus, Cypriots really know how to cook pork. (Note: Don’t buy beef here. It’s chewy, tough, and just plain terrible. And with the recent article about horsemeat being sold as beef, I wouldn’t wait in line at the butcher section anytime soon.)
There was some other delicious homemade dishes – dduk bo ki with ramen (aka ra bo ki), kim bap, kimchee. Mmmm…. You can’t buy dduk here, so it was a real treat to eat. Oh, and the homemade chocolate cake was like no other.
The kids played board games, Legos, and ate til their stomachs could no longer take in any more food. Four and a half hours of talking and hanging out went by so fast, and by the end, our kids were ready to pass out from all the fun and excitement in one afternoon.