whoo boy, now you're talkin', jenny.
i love kimchi soup.
i love so many korean soups: kimchi soup, naeung myun, meeyok guk, etc.
actually, while you're quite right about banchan being sides (i was only teasing), they can really be a small meal in sufficient quantity so long as there's rice on the side.
i get laughed at by my korean american friends when i eat things like plain gim (gkim) or kimchi veggies, or dried shrimp salad without rice.
oh, btw, if anyone wants to challenge themselves, eat some hot korean food with warmed soju, rum, or scotch.
it'll blow you're head off.
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