4.150 Wu Tang

-Cycle 4, Item 150-
4 (Tue) June 2013

Wu Tang


by me

at home

-Oksu, Seoul-

with Wife, Dominic, Ian, Nanny 8

I made another pot of beef bone stock, again with jab-bbyeo (see most recently 4.023 Muu Guk).  

For this soup, I upped the beefiness by simmering a small chunk of brisket in the stock for about an hour.  Cooked to tenderness, the meat was sliced thin and served back in the broth, which was seasoned with a touch of light soy sauce, salt, pepper, and garnished with sliced daepa (scallion).  Not too bad, would've been quite good with better beef.  Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, "wu (우)" = "cow/beef" + "tang (탕)" = "soup" (see generally 1.013 Cod Maeun Tang) is a name of my own invention, one that I can't believe isn't already in use, as far as I'm aware.

Earlier that morning, Dominic's kindergarten held an open house for the parents.  For me, the highlight of the visit came after the scheduled events had come to an end, at lunchtime, when I got an opportunity to see what and how the kids ate.  The teacher seemed puzzled that I was so interested.  In fact, I was the only parent who stuck around for this purpose, which puzzled me.  Maybe that's why school lunches, in Korea and elsewhere in the world, are becoming so problematic: the parents don't get actively involved.  

Lunches are taken in the classrooms.

The food is prepared off-site, apparently by an old woman in her home, who packages the various items in containers holding enough for each classroom and delivers them to the school, where the teachers take dole out portions to the kids in their personal trays. 

As evident here, the meals are typically Korean (see generally 1.015 A Typical Korean At-Home Meal), including such standards as [clockwise from bottom left] steamed rice, doenjang soup with tofu, sautéed potatoes, kimchi, veggies in mayo ("salad"), and tonkatsu (see most recently 4.129 Tonkatsu [includes recipe])--looks pretty well-balanced.

Fortunately, Dominic likes the food, which we know because he doesn't come home hungry; at his previous daycare, a place that seemed more intent on maximizing profit than the kids' welfare, by cutting costs on the food, for example, he wouldn't touch his lunch and demand a snack as soon as he got home.


  1. That's pretty amazing that the food is cooked by some old 아주마! I would have expect some bland, boring, factory-made crap...

  2. i said "apparently," because an old woman was there on her own directing the meal service. i'm not quite sure what the actual operation is like at home.

    i think at D's previous daycare, it was in fact "bland boring factory-made crap."