Yesterday I went to Flushing, Queens to buy some Korean ingredients. On the way back home, I found a lady selling these homegrown perilla leaves on the street.
She said: “It’s still early to harvest my perilla leaves. You can come again later and I’ll have more.”
You can imagine how excited I was! I talked to the lady for a while, she reminded me of my grandmother.
Once I came home, I was pretty tired but I still made kkaennip kimchi. Kkaennip should be cooked or pickled soon after they are picked because they are easily bruised, so I wanted to use them as soon as possible.
Last night I had delicious, flavorful kkaennip kimchi! That’s the only side dish I need for my dinner!