I have had a long loving relationship with Japanese cuisine. It’s versatile, simple but beautiful at the same time, with fresh, quiet and delicious flavors. It’s usually very healthy too. Recently, I’ve become enamored with Korean cuisine. It’s louder than its neighbors’ cuisine, often spicy and has some strong vibrant flavours. Especially during the cold winter evenings, I would find myself craving for a spicy Korean stew. Although I do like them in summer too because I do love spicy food all year round. So for last week’s lunch meal prep I made japchae, aka sweet potato starch noodle.
Last week was very exciting culinary-wise. My workplace organized the annual outing and the whole company put on their hiking shoes and went out. This time we visited the Haltia Nature Center, which is an hour or so drive from the center of Helsinki. We were given a tour of Finnish nature, which was fascinating but nothing new. I would imagine that the tour would’ve been very fascinating for tourists. But then we went on a two-hour hike in the forest with a guide and of course, we got to fill our bellies with the center’s delicious buffet that is aptly named ‘Nature on a plate’. More of that later, let’s begin with last week’s meal prep because it was extraordinarily colorful this time.