Hannah and Je together

Friday, 22 August 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Fifty First Day – Cheese Pickle and L’abri Cafe

When I came home, the father of my hosting family was making something.  It is in Arabic “imchalal filfel ma’a jibna,” but I would call it just cheese filled pickle, or cheese pickle.

Cheese Pickle

Cheese Pickle

First, they emptied the seed and everything from inside the hot pepper, and let them stay for a while in the water to make it less spicy and hot.  Then they fill the pepper with white cheese.  He said it must be white cheese only, no cheddar nor mozzarella.  Then they put them in a big jar, and they fill the jar with salty water.  They leave it in the room temperature at least ten days.  Then they eat it.  It is very spicy, salty, and cheesy.  Because of the salty water, it does not go bad for about a year in the room temperature.  For your information, room temperature here is about 85 degree.

L'abri Cafe Gate

L’abri Cafe Gate

The daughter in the family now works at the L’abri cafe whose other name is Bethlehem Study Centre.  But for some reason, they were always call it “International student’s centre and library.”  This family told me many times that there are lots of books and a lot of international students, so I can talk and mingle with them.  But when I was there, there were only Palestinian students.

Library Area

Library Area

When she was going to work, around 5pm, she asked me if I want to go together and see.  So I went there together.  The mother always gives her daughter the ride to and from the house.  I think it is about 10 minutes driving, but it farther than 10 minutes driving in Chicago, because there is NO signal lights and almost no traffic at that time.

Well, there are not that many books, and for now I am not interested books because I am barely catching up the Arabic class.

Walkway after the gate

Walkway after the gate

After you enter the gate, you walk a little bit.  And as you see, there are stars everywhere here, but they are not Star of David, but the Bethlehem or Christmas Star.

Growing Veggies

Growing Veggies

They planted many different veggies on both sides of the road after the gate.

Grows fish as well

Grows fish as well

And on a corner, they have a fish tank.  They grew fish not to see and enjoy, but to eat and enjoy.

Cafe Area

Cafe Area

This is the Cafe area where the daughter of the family works.  I ordered Mango Smoothie for 14 shekels.  Even though they used real mango, it was not that great.  First, the smoothie was lukewarm while it is supposed to be cold.  Second, it had too much hair in it (mango has lots of hair around the seed area).

Usually she comes home around 9:30 or 10 in the evening.  I expected the same today.  So I waited her to finish her work.  Then around 10pm, her younger brother came, so I thought her mother came to pick her up.  Her brother and I sat together for about ten minutes, then he suddenly told me as if he just realised that they would not go until midnight, so I might go by myself now.

I did not want to wait until midnight.  There was nothing I can do more.  So I just walked home.  I was a bit unpleasant.  Why didn’t they tell me in the first place?  And why did they choose this day for me?  Well, it is weekend, happy weekend.  So I will try to make myself happy.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Memory of Banana

When I was young in Korea, the king of all fruits was of course Banana.

The fruit and Veggie store had only one bundle of banana which was hung in the centre of the display. The yellow strange thing looked so so much delicious. But I could not eat it because it was too expensive.

Just one banana (not a bundle) was 500 KRW (won) which could be 50cents USD. Sounds very cheap, eh? But it was NOT. At that time, one very expensive meal called Jajangmyeon was 250 won a bowl. Banana was exactly double the price!

Let’s just say a good pizza is $15, then one banana costs $30.

I remember I ate the banana ONLY ONCE when I was young. Once I was out to downtown Seoul with my third sister. And she bought me one because I asked her so eagerly and cried for it. It must be very very big money for her. Even though she was a student and she didn’t work so she got money from our parents.

The unforgettable taste of banana.

어렸을 때 과일의 왕은 당연히 바나나였다.

청과물 가게에서는 바나나 한송이밖에 없었는데, 딱 가게 중앙에 매달아 놨다. 노랗고 이상하게 생긴 것이 너무 맛있게 보였다. 하지만 되게 비싸기 때문에 먹을 수 없었다.

바나나 한개 (한송이 전체가 아니라)가 500원이었다. 500원 하면 꽤 싸 보이겠지만, 그렇지 않았다. 그당시 꽤 비싼 음식이었던 자장면도 한그릇에 250원이었는데, 딱 두배가 바나나 값이다.

예를 들어 지금 자장면이 5000원이라고 하면, 바나나 하나 값이 만원인 셈이다.

어렸을 때 딱 한 번 바나나를 먹어본 기억이 난다. 한번은 셋째 누나와 함께 서울 시내에 나갔는데, 엄청 졸라대고 울어서 누나가 사준 적이 있다. 누나에게 무지 큰 돈이었을 것이다. 물론 누나도 학생이었고 일을 안했기 때문에 부보님에게 용돈을 받지만 말이다.

잊을 수 없는 바나나의 맛!

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