Spring Table: Water Parsley Pancakes, 2017

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Korean name for water parsley is “mi-na-ri.” Minari is a sign of spring. When you see dishes made of minari on the table, you know that spring has come.

New school year starts in March in South Korea. Forsythia starts bloom everywhere. Everything feels spring even if the weather is still a bit chilly. I went home, South Korea, this year in March. Taking advantage of the fact that I’d left my regular office job past November, I went for a whole month. I got to see spring flowers bloom, people put their heavy winter coats away, and surely ate lots of dishes made of minari.

Water parsley pancakes (minari jun) taste like spring. Fresh, light, a little airy, and juicy. It’s not that it’s especially yummy, but just the fact that it’s on the table makes you think, “Oh, it’s spring…finally!”

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Author: Aram Kim

Children's book author/illustrator and designer. Debut picture book Cat on the Bus (2016, Holiday House); Second picture book No Kimchi for Me! (2017, Holiday House). This blog is for a record of memories through simple illustrations and memos, mostly on food.

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