Fall has settled comfortably into the city of Seocheon, and that means extremely cool conditions. Add to that a dash of rain, and you’ve got yourself a perfect setting for feeling dismal. This Texas girl was not made for this weather. While I’m bundled up in multiple layers (and a scarf), ajummas are walking around with a light jacket on. Makes me look like a fool. How is it that I’m the only one walking around seeping into a desperate state of hypothermia?
Fine. I’ll deal with it. The one thing I can do to comfort myself best is loading up on carbs à la spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti and clam), and catching up on some Dexter and Homeland.
This is my attempt at the classic recipe:
- olive oil
- sliver of butter
- chili flakes
- white wine (I used a Korean rice wine, only thing I could find at the local Han Sol Mart)
- clam (Lotte Mart sells freshly packaged clam for extremely cheap [2000₩/each])
- spaghetti pasta
- parsley garnish
- Cook pasta al dente in a separate pot, drain and leave to dry.
- Put olive oil and butter in a pan, saute garlic and shallots, add chili flakes.
- Throw in mushroom and cook evenly.
- Put (thoroughly washed and scrubbed) clam into the mix, and pour white wine over it.
- Cover and let it cook for a couple of minutes, until all clams have opened. Discard clam that did not open.
- Turn heat down and mix in spaghetti.
- Take off heat and toss in a big bowl.
- Garnish with parsley.
I’m now uncomfortably full, but my heart is happy.