Thursday, May 14, 2009

Korean "Holiday": Rose/Yellow Day

Remember Black Day? And White Day before that? And Valentine's Day before that? And Diary/Candle Day before that?

Today is the next in the line of holidays that Koreans celebrate on the 14th of every month. And by "Koreans," I mean "Korean high school kids with too much time on their wee little hands."

Yellow Day, or Rose Day, is ... kind of stupid. Couples exchange roses today. You know, for fun. Or for yet another marketable holiday during which people feel obligated to buy their significant other rose(s) to "celebrate" this festive occasion.

I assume yellow roses are the norm, since it's also called Yellow Day (there's a better, more fun reason for that, too).

Yellow Day is for singletons. Those people who are too single to have a rose-bearing boy/girlfriend hand them a flower (or a bouquet of flowers). What do single people do on Black Day? Eat black food!

So what do single people do on Yellow Day? Eat Yellow food! Specifically, curry.

Korean curry isn't really Korean, it's Japanese. Which is quite different from Indian or Thai curries. Not that any of them are better than the rest, but they are all very dissimilar. I happen to like Korean/Japanese curry best, but I know that it's because I'm used to the flavor and texture of it, having eaten it since I was a small child. If I had grown up with Thai or Indian curry, I'm sure I'd be prejudiced towards one of those types.

I've made tons of Korean curries and I've dabbled in Indian curries, bringing me to the conclusion that Korean curry? SO MUCH EASIER to make.

The curry comes in blocks, sort of like giant bouillon cubes, that need nothing more than to melt into a pot of par-cooked vegetables and water (and browned meat, if you're a carnivore). The Indian curry with the powder and the stirring and the sauteeing ... much more finicky, in my opinion.

Koreans really seems to divide people based on their relationship status- married? engaged? dating? or- dreadful!- single?

If being single means I get to eat jjajangmyeon and curry, GOOD FOR ME.

Curry, by the way, is delicious with spaghetti. Is this just an Asian thing? I know Japanese do it, too, but not sure about the other curried people.

Hope you get a lovely rose or get to eat some yummy curry. Another fun day that means absolutely nothing!


william May 15, 2009 at 7:08 PM  

i've never heard of this day. and i didn't notice a significant amount of yellow at school on yellow day. very interesting...

i do love 'korean' curry, though. it's delicious!

jeanny May 18, 2009 at 1:21 PM  

I think other than Valentine's Day, White Day, and Black Day, the other holidays on the 14th fall by the wayside. Next month's is hilarious and also stupid.

Mmmm, curry! It's past 1:00 and I haven't had lunch yet, it was the wrong time to be reminded of yummy curry. I'm stuck in this meeting until 3:30... argh!

alecho May 24, 2009 at 8:58 AM  

Curry with Ramen is good too :) this was a yummy entry.

jeanny May 26, 2009 at 11:08 AM  

Hi Alecho,

I've had curry-flavored ramen before, but didn't much like it.

I think actual curry with ramen noodles would be delicious, though. Must try that!