Salvation In Noodles

| Learning | February 10, 2015

(Our class has a ‘Foods of the World’ project. Each student has to bring some kind of food from their cultural background to class, and do a presentation on it. Most of the students in our class are of European descent, and many of them are of German or British origin.)

German Student #1: “So, I am part-German from my mother’s side, and I have brought some German chocolate.”

German Student #2: “My grandfather is half-German, and this is German candy.”

British Student #1: “My dad came from England, and I have brought some English toffee to share with everyone today.”

British Student #2: “I’m part-British, and this is liquorice.”

German Student #3: “Uhh, I’m German like everybody else. I brought German cake.”

Teacher: “This cake tastes very good, but I’m afraid German cake isn’t actually German. It’s American, and invented by someone whose last name happens to be ‘German.'”

German Student #3: “Oh, I didn’t know that.”

(This trend went on for quite a while. A few more British and German students took their turns presenting, and we even had a few Dutch, Swedish, and Norwegian students. So far, everyone has presented some kind of candy or dessert item. We are finally down to two students: a Chinese student, and me.)

Chinese Student: “My family and I came from China when I was very little, but I’ve always been exposed to the culture at home. My grandpa made us some jiaozi, which some of you might know as ‘dumplings’ or ‘potstickers.'”

Me: “Personally, I hail from South Korea, so I got to taste a bit of my culture while I was still there. And I hope to give you guys a taste of my culture in the form of japchae, a traditional Korean noodle dish.”

Entire Class: “FINALLY!”

(My tray of noodles was completely empty by the end of class. Incidentally, the plate of dumplings was empty, too, while there were still many sweets left over to enjoy. I guess they wanted to get the taste of sugar out of their mouths!)

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