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7 In Korea/ Travel

Seoul – Pancake House

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To be honest, I’m more of a waffle person than a pancake person, so pancake houses in general haven’t been high on my agenda. It’s only when I saw their poster with an omelette covered in tomato sauce that I was really intrigued, because I love me a good omelette and anything with tomato sauce is a winner in my book. Then I took a look at their menu and discovered Italian Sausages! I have not had breakfast sausages since leaving the States, because I haven’t been able to find them here. So I was really excited to try those out. Actually, I was a tiny bit scared because sometimes Koreans like to butcher the original by making it too sweet. I mean, the first time I tried Korean pizza back in 1998 or so, I was flabbergasted to find that they had put a can of sweet corn on my pizza. Nowadays it’s not as common to find corn on pizza here (thank God and the universe and everyone who decided to do away with that trend), but sweet potato pizza is still a thing here. It’s not bad, but I don’t tend to crave sweetness when find myself wanting some pizza. Getting back to the pancake house though, I must say that it was a winner!

 

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I don’t know how I didn’t think of pairing omelettes with tomato sauce, but it’s ingenious really. Now I’m really curious as to how Omurice (omelette over fried rice) would go with tomato sauce. Omurice is usually served with ketchup, but tomato sauce is so much better than ketchup. I think I’ll have to give it a try next time. The Italian sausages tasted just the way I wanted them to. Savory, salty, and heartily filling. I think I would go back just for the sausages! Not that they were any more special than the usual sort of breakfast sausages, but just the fact that they’re hard to find here.

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I always find it amusing when I see signs in Korea that claim they have 60 years of tradition, even if they are talking about a tradition that started elsewhere (like in the US or Europe). Because 60 years ago, Korea was suffering from the aftermath of two wars and pancakes were not part of the picture. It’s also a bit ironic eating in pancake house located in Korea with a sign saying “Tradition Is Delicious” because pancakes aren’t part of the Korean tradition at all. Of course, while I was eating the omelette and pancakes I wasn’t thinking about this sign at all. I was practically in raptures about the Italian breakfast sausage and tomato sauce just makes an omelette so much better, wouldn’t you agree? But as I’m sat here looking back at this picture, it’s really amusing thinking about just how mixed my identity is. I embrace both my American and Korean heritage, and they are both such an essential part of me, and it’s really frustrating sometimes when people try to insist that I’m one or the other. Especially since they’re blended up inside of me so thoroughly that I can’t even begin to imagine what I would be without either. In any case, there are days when all of the frustration of being mixed is entirely worth it, because I get to enjoy the best of both worlds. One of those bests being omelettes covered in tomato sauce and breakfast sausage.

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Oh, did I mention the cheese? There was a wonderfully unhealthy amount of cheese in the omelette too. Beautiful really.

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  • http://simplykk.com Kathryn

    Yum! Everything looks amazing. I would have never thought to combine omelettes with tomato sauce, but I’m definitely going to have to try it now. Also, I think it’s great that you embrace both sides of your heritage. Such a bummer that people try to insist you can only be one or the other.

    Kathryn • Simply KK

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Right? Somehow it never crossed my mind to put tomato sauce on omelettes, but it makes so much sense now! I think some people have a hard time wrapping their head around the idea of being a member of more than one country because it’s something they never had to think about before. Hopefully as more people start to travel and experience different communities online they’ll open up their mind!

  • http://www.diamondcanopy.com/ Winnie

    Oh yum this looks really delicious! You make me want to eat this right now and it’s currently super late in the UK! I am also craving omurice now too – I haven’t had that in ages!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      It was really delicious and me and my friends actually went back again because it was so good! Did you get some omurice the next day? :P

  • http://www.christinelovestotravel.com/ Christine loves to travel

    That looks really good! And the sausages too.

    My favourite breakfast is bacon with scrambled eggs. Also yogurt with berries! And if we’re talking about Filipino breakfast, it will be garlic rice with dried fish and hotdogs ;)

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Bacon is always soooo good! I like yogurt with berries too! They’re always so great as a snack :D
      I’d like to try a Filipino breakfast sometime. Now, are the fish and hotdogs eaten on the side or do you mean they are part of the garlic rice?

      • http://www.christinelovestotravel.com/ Christine loves to travel

        You always get rice for breakfast then you can pick your sides.