International House hosts Korean cooking demonstration

Grace Moon and John teach an audience how to cook traditional Korean dishes. Diana Barton/ TNJN

Grace and John prepare a traditional Korean dish. Japchae, a sweet potato noodles dish mixed with seasonal vegetables.  Diana Barton/ TNJN
Grace and John prepare a traditional Korean dish. japchae, a sweet potato noodles dish mixed with seasonal vegetables.
Diana Barton/ TNJN

Nearly 100 people flooded the Great Room in the International House on campus Tuesday evening for an authentic Korean food cooking demonstration. The event was hosted by members of the Korean Student Association as part of a program lasting three nights that is designed to teach students about Korean culture.

Two traditional Korean dishes, japchae and bulgogi were paired together and served to audience members of the cooking demonstration.
Japchae and bulgogi were served together to audience members of the cooking demonstration.
Diana Barton/ TNJN

KSA member, Grace Moon, led the demonstration from the front of the room. She prepared two traditional Korean dishes. One dish was japchae, a sweet potato noodles and seasonal vegetables dish. The second dish was bulgogi which is grilled and marinated beef. The recipes used in the demonstration were passed down to Moon from her grandmother.

Moon described in detail how to prepare and cook each dish. While going through the recipes, Moon taught the audience about the foreign ingredients not typical to America. Importance was placed on the color and presentation of the dishes in addition to the basics of the recipe.

Katie Beckett, a freshman at UT, did not have plans to attend the event but happened to see a flyer that caught her attention.

“It’s pretty interesting and I like to cook so I always like to add to my cooking abilities,” said Beckett.

Beckett is planning on adding this to the list of dishes she can cook, as long as she can get the ingredients to make it .

“I think that’s gonna be the hardest part, finding the ingredients to use,” Beckett said. “But yeah, I’ll definitely attempt it.”

After the demonstration, plates containing the japchae and bulgogi were passed around to all of the attendees. Lines of students formed from the serving table as they waited for second helpings of the popular Korean dish.

For more information on other I-house events as well as more cooking demonstrations,  click here.

Edited by Jessica Carr