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I like to eat before the sunset. It sets a peaceful tone for and the warm light often
helps with conversation. My family, my wife and two children, and my parents
and my wife's parents are all at the table. It's a typical dinner.
We usually have seven dishes and a soup. Today's soup is wintermelon and pork
chops stew. The other dishes are a balanced combination of Chinese and Korean
cuisine. Some of the vegetables come from our family vegetable garden. The
garden can supply all our vegetables and herbs in the summer, but now is not
yet the season. My Dad was raised on a farm in China
and also kept a garden after we moved to America. After I graduated from
undergrad, my Dad slowly passed on his skills and tricks to me.
Home grown food is different. The flavor and freshness are hard to find even in the
best Chinese restaurants in America.
While the restaurant dishes value the unique taste of a dish, our family's
culinary culture has always emphasized nutritional balance. I grew up eating
dishes with perfect combinations of herbs, vegetables and meats, especially
fish and shrimp. I never realized how healthy our food was until I went to
college. And as I sit turn off the stove and bring the last dish to the table, I
now have the chance to pass on our tradition towards food.