Yesterday, I was missing Korea, so I decided it was time to eat some kimchi and listen to K-pop. Kimchi was my sidekick for over a year, and it brings back sweet memories of late night dinners shared with friends at Kimbap Heaven. Kimchi is not the same here. It all tastes the same and is a bit too sour for me. However, sometimes any kimchi is better than no Kimchi. What is kimchi? Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made of fermented chilies and vegetables, usually Chinese cabbage. It is often used as a base for rice dishes and stews as well. Kimchi jiggae is one of my favourite Korean dishes.
And K-pop…..my Korean experience would not have been complete without it. In what country can you walk down the street at 10 in the morning and hear “Hey, sexy lady…..Oppa Gangnam style….” ? In what country does a 10-year-old boy say to his teacher “Come here, baby,” and then sing, “Goodbye, baby, goodbye…” as you walk away from his desk? In Korea, that’s where. K-pop is everywhere, and everyone is listening to it, singing it, or whistling along. One of my students was even hula dancing in class to a catchy love song by CN Blue.
Anyhow, some of my favourite K-pop songs or rather the songs that stick out for me are Trouble maker, Fantastic Baby, Still in Love (song my student was hula dancing to), Hot Summer, Good-bye Baby, and of course, Oppa Gangnam Style. Enjoy!