I'm Korean and my SO is not but we wanted to incorporate the Korean culture by having Korean food at the reception. It's going to be buffet style but I'm worried that his side of the family wouldn't have enough to eat (so Asian of me!) since they have NEVER had korean food (the city he grew up has NO Korean restuarants! LOL) and the family members are kind of picky eaters. Any suggestions on what we should serve? I'm trying to do foods that can be prepared a head of time since my mom and I will be doing a lot of the cooking.
Any thoughts are appreciated! :)
I am part asian, part caucasion, but no Korean. My husband is full caucasion but really likes Korean food :) I'm not sure about what constitutes Korean food, since I've only been to a couple reasturants. I love meat jun (nothing weird about meat right?), and bulgogi with rice in lettus wrap form. I think that's something they are likely to have experienced before in their eating of Chinese food. I would just have a small selection of things like kim chee etc. because they probably won't like it or even want to try it (to this day, after years of growing up in Hawaii, I have never eaten kim chee). Would it be too un-Korean to have a big full salad with maybe some Korean flavored chicken on it for the very picky? And maybe a friend rice dish (is there fried rice in Korean culture?), or a fruit platter? I would try to find the overlap with Chinese if possible, since they're more likely to have experience with that.
I wish I was going to your wedding to eat Korean food! It's so considerate of you to think about their pickyness :)
What foods are you thinking you'd like to have?
I love most of it. I don't really care for the rice balls that have the red bean paste, but that's just because I find them bland. If they had more filling to them or were seasoned in some way, I'd probably like them better.
I work for a Korean company, so I like and eat a lot of Korean food. That's not true for everyone though. A lot of my former co-workers absolutely hated everything but the Korean ribs.
I think where you might run into problems is with people that refuse to try something new and outside of their comfort range.
@MsCarabiner: Hmmmm more korean fusion... that's a neat idea... I will have to ponder about that for a bit. I was orginially thinking more traditional korean since mom and I are planning on doing the cooking but i guess that might cater to the tastebuds a bit more. Thanks!
@Paigey: I was thinking short ribs, kimchee, jap chae, mini green onion seafood pancakes, mini kimchee pancakes, spicy bbq pork and a few more dishes. I think the short ribs will go over well but i'm not sure about the other dishes. I'm hoping to add a few more dishes that are a bit more familiar to the american tasts buds. :) Thanks!
mondu (the dumplings), bul-go-gi (marinated beef bbq), chop chey (spelled wrong prob. but the potato noodles with veggies and beef...)
You could also offer both Korean and American dishes- that is what my sister did at her wedding(and her Husband's family is SUPER picky as well) She did taji-go-gi (spicy pork bbq) , bul-go-gi, and american sides and a pasta dish (for those who were scared) and there was NO Korean Meat left!
My mom is Korean, Dad is American... southern american at that :) and i can tell you that i have not one person who has not liked ... and went back for seconds on all of these. I am not sure how formal your event is or if you have a caterer, but my FI and I considered doing Korean cusine as well (FI LOVEs it!) and we were thinking of going with a Korean Taco Food Truck (they seem to be all the rage)... that way it looks less scary but they could still have some good ol' Korean food, and it would be well within budget (lets face it, Korean food can get pricey)! Ultimately we decided to add Traditional Korean Ceremony parts mixed into the Ceremony instead as our way of mixing my heritage with his)
Hope this Helps, and good luck!!
Everyone likes bibimbap. That's what my Korean friends would serve when they wanted to provide something CFC.
@Daisy_Mae: Thanks for the suggestion. :) We were thinking of that but since we are doing a buffet, I didn't want to do a bowl and plate. The table would just get too crowded. :P
party noodles (janchi gooku) are traditionally served-maybe you could serve up little dishes of them? also, rice cakes are traditional so perhaps you could serve some mini sized ones for those who find Western desserts too sweet.
For picky eaters? I'd say bulgogi, and gimbap, definitely. I'm not Korean, but I love those foods, the only problem with the gimbap might be the seaweed, I know some people get put off a bit by it, but I have no doubt some good bulgogi might make them a bit more adventurous. Kimchee... well, that was definitely an acquired taste for me. There are some varieties I like, but the generic kimchee you can get at most supermarkets is certainly not one of them, so, if you have a spot sort of designated for different kimchee flavors, that might be good? Galbi would be good, too, I think. Hoeddeok would probably be popular as a sweet? I also definitely have to back the idea of bibimbap, too.
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