We recently had a staff dinner. Why? I’m not sure. There is an official end-of-the-semester lunch next week, as well as another dinner for a retiring co-worker. But I have learned not to question these things; my job is to show up and eat.
The menu was duck. As a side note, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a duck in Korea. Is it because they’ve eaten them all, or are ducks not native to Korea? I don’t know.
I don’t eat duck but there are always so many side-dishes at Korean meals that I wasn’t worried. This meal was no exception.
The waitresses began bringing in large dishes of duck, and I turned my attention to all the yummy side-dishes. Suddenly, a large platter was placed in front of me.
“Two teachers also don’t like duck,” a co-T explained. “So for you and them, we have this!”
Spicy fish of some sort- yay! My mouth watered in anticipation as a co-worker served it.
“Koreans very like this dish,” she told me proudly. “I give you most delicious part.”
“Wow. Um… thanks?”
It may be difficult to believe, but fish heads are not delicious. I tried my best to be enthusiastic but it was difficult. I even tried kissing the head in the hopes that it would miraculously transform into something more delicious. No luck. 😀
Thankfully the fish head sauce was fabulous, as were the side-dishes so I didn’t starve.
It’s amazing how even after almost 10 years in Asia, staff dinners can still surprise me.