Because when it comes to comfort food, the thought of sitting down to a spread like this at my parents' house gets me every time...
One super awesome thing about Korean food is banchan, an endless variety of small dishes served at the beginning of the meal (and to be picked at throughout the meal). They're generally pretty salty so a little goes a long way (though I can really hork 'em down), and they are meant to be eaten with rice. The above picture was not the full buffet that my mom put out that night, she continued to plunk down dishes after I took this picture. Besides the rice and beer, and here are a few of my other favorites:
Jangjorim. This is cooked, shredded beef marinated in soy sauce, rice vinegar, and...other things I don't know. It is salty, tangy, savory, and absolutely one of my most favorite banchan EVER.
Radish kimchi. I love traditional cabbage kimchi as well, but if I had to choose, I would pick radish kimchi for my deserted island.
These are fresh sesame leaves and a green called soot-ghat from my parents' garden. We dip it in a mixture of miso paste and red pepper paste. Deewish.
This is also a heavy favorite of mine--gaetnip. It's sesame leaves marinated in soy sauce, red pepper and garlic. One of these wrapped around some nice, fluffy rice is heaven to me.
This is a slightly astringent, bitter green sauteed with garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and stuff. No I don't know the name. I didn't say this post was supposed to be educational.
Myung-ryang-jut. This is preserved salted pollack roe. I didn't take a close-up picture so I found this on the webz. I don't even know what a pollack is, except that it's a fish. A little pinch of this with rice is a bit of salty, briny, savory heaven. I know it sounds kind of unusual and looks odd, but I love it and is an absolute favorite among Koreans. This isn't the kind of fish egg caviar that you find in sushi restaurants--the eggs are much smaller.
What are your comfort foods?