Disclaimer: I’m projecting a lot from my personal east coast Korean-American experience. oh, and NO K-POP/IDOL HCS. BECAUSE KOREANS ARE REAL PEOPLE WITH VARYING DIASPORIC AND ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS. WE ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN UWU PALE ASIAN AESTHETICS kthnx :) :) :)
These aren’t in any particular order btw. If you don’t necessarily hc Keith as Korean, that’s cool too! I shared some of these with @hakpng (who also has AWESOME Korean Keith hcs!!) so they might be familiar to folks.
surnames! 안키스 (Keith Ahn) or 설키스 (Keith Seol). I also love @hakpng ‘s hc of Keith’s Korean name being 박김수/ Park Kim Soo. so imagine: 안김수 / Ahn Kim Soo or 설김수 / Seol Kim Soo. beautiful. (also lol projection bc those are my parents’ surnames).
Keith isn’t as strongly connected to his roots (2nd gen immigrant kid ftw!) but he still wants to learn more about his history and culture.
always desperate to learn more about Korean history (wtf with that single paragraph in the thick U.S. History textbook about the Korean War) and even mythology. but there aren’t as many resources in English so he’s frustrated and often stuck scouring the web for hours.
he once stumbled upon traditional music and discovered that he LOVES IT SO MUCH! listening to 사물놀이 and 판소리 helps him calm down. the constantly switching rhythms, the raw power and energy of the music, the tales that are woven into performances; it’s all v comforting for him.
English is actually his first language. At home, his parents talk to him in Korean/Konglish and he always responds in English. it’s p natural for him to do so.
He understands Korean and can read most of it (minus business/political jargon). He’s not as confident with writing and speaking it tho… he’s actually SUPER self-conscious about speaking. when he was growing up, he’d get made fun of by other Korean kids/extended family for not being “fluent enough” bc he never really spoke the language. all the teasing and shaming added to his insecurities about speaking.
BUT Keith loves the Korean language! he loves the warm, familiar feeling that sprouts in his chest when he hears it!
his parents once sent him to Korean language school at church but it was so overwhelming and Keith felt so anxious and inferior he ended up teaching himself the language (gradually, over the years, and immersion in the culture at home helped a lot).
or this: 1. can of spam, slice into six slabs 2. throw into frying pan with a lil bit of water to cover the pan surface 3. on medium heat, drizzle with soy sauce and ~5-6 tablespoons of brown sugar 4. flip and flip and flip some more 5. sugar will start caramelizing on the surface. spam will darken and become kinda soft. take it off the heat before the sugar burns or the fat starts bubbling on the surface of the spam
serve with rice. serve with fried egg. serve with kimchee.
serve with mango salsa, which is: diced mango diced jalapeno diced green bell pepper diced red onion cilantro much lime pinch of salt orange juice or pineapple juice for more potency
with good mise en place, this will take you all but 20 minutes.
🍼 - What did they like to eat when they were young? 🍬 - Are there any sweets they keep available for when they feel like eating some? (Ya-girl-guzmania)
🍼 - What did they like to eat when they were young?
Dude, I loved a good small meal of spam, seaweed, sunny side up eggs, and rice! My mom always made it for me before important exams! Not that it guaranteed an A or anything, but it was good brain food for sure, yo.
🍬 - Are there any sweets they keep available for when they feel like eating some?
You know those candies that grannies have that are wrapped in strawberry plastic? I followed some of those old ladies around one day and I found out that they sell them in bulk in one of those Guatemalan stores. IN BULK, so I always share them with the crew.
Ozu East Kitchen was the shocker of this year and last year for me. Atwater has the tendency to creep me out just a bit, mainly for reasons unknown, so naturally I was skeptical when I realized I had to go to dinner there. But YOOOOOO; I’m still confused as to how dope the food was. The spot is owned by a former film dude out of Asia. 1, he’s COOL. 2, you get all the benefits of a creative with attention to detail masterminding the whole situation. It’s really cool being a creative; like myself. We’re mainly unemployed but thats ok bc you’re supposed to be. Also, our opinions, like, matter. Sorry man, if you work at H&R block or wherever, your girlfriend is NEVER going to let you have any choice in how many throw pillows you’re forced to have. You’re life is going to be taken over by throw pillows you didn’t even get to pick the color of. You’re going to spend an average of 90 seconds every morning and every night removing and replacing throw pillows. THAT’S OVER FORTY FIVE HUNDRED (4,500) MNUTES OF FUCKING AROUND WITH THROW PILLOWS PER YEAR. You should probably quit your job, become a creative, and eat at Ozu East.
Ozu East Kitchen
Tip: Kimchi udon shrimp is INSANE. But so was everything. Tip: Ask about the beers, there is a major story behind what they serve here. Tip: everything is light and packed with insane flavor. Less salt, less heavy, just BETTER.
When to come here: whenever you want amazing food. Can’t go wrong here. WOW.
I loved your post on Hawaiian!Hunk like sheesh brah if I see one more stereotype... Something that's different from mainlanders is like if you pick something up with your toes or even just walk on hot sand they give you this look between impressed and disgusted, its kind of funny! And with food, the very concept of some local foods like loco moco (or really anything from zippys) is enough to give them a coronary! It would almost be funny to see the teams horror at a loco moco from hunk!
Ho howzit cuz! I know right? like barefoot or slippers, is how I exist, the garrison probably forced them to wear closed toed shoes, so hunk was like I AM FREE FROM THIS PRISON, GOODBYE SHOES I WILL NOT MISS YOU! Yeah, like hawaiians use their feet a lot more? to do things? like it’s kinda weird… Also i’ve noticed that mainlanders just don’t casually touch each other? and it really confuses me?? Like I can’t just tap someone on the shoulder to ask them a question or sit next to them with our shoulders touching? People always give me like really weird looks? And at one point I kinda got depressed during the school year because no one hugged me, or leaned against me, or let me put my head on their shoulder. And i was very confused? So i think Hunk would also be kinda like that? like lucky for him, lance is also very tactile but he can’t help but feel like the others hate him just because they won’t touch him. But slowly they get more comfortable with each other and nothing makes hunk happier than when someone comes over to him and just kinda lays down on him. It’s great. (ugh I’m so alone right now)
OOO and about food, one day hunk finds something that is kinda like rice and HE FLIPS like, how has he survived this long without his precious rice, and he ends up eating rice with every meal again and the others are confused because is he eating rice with the goo??? and one day he makes a loco moco and even lance is kinda like, uhhhh that looks almost more disgusting than coran’s food. But it smells good? And they don’t want to make hunk sad so they eat it and are like… wow that’s good? how??? and hunk basically cries while eating it because he’s missed eggs and spam and rice so much