Nostalgic Northern Dishes
When the Korean War was over, people who had escaped to the South believed they would be able to return home to the North. But the Armistice Agreement established a new border across the Korean peninsula, so the Northerners had to begin building a new life for themselves in the South.
They grew nostalgic for the lives they left behind and found consolation in homestyle dishes, such as ‘gajami sikhae’ (salt fermented flounder prepared with grains), the cold noodle dish ‘Hamheung naengmyeon,’ ‘Yeonbaek gangjeong’ (deep-fried sweet rice puffs), as well as rice cakes and dumplings.
Meet the Northerners and the food they introduced as they settled in the eastern coast city Sokcho and Gyodongdo Island on the western coast.