Kyle took us to the only cafe open in Hoegi on Sunday. Apparently nothing opens around here on weekends until late in the day. Not only that, sometimes the entire place just shuts down for no known reason and it’s like every merchant got a memo but the wandering public aren’t told why, haah.
But he had eaten here before and said he wanted to take us here for a particular dish …but didn’t want to tell us what was in it because then we might not want to go.
Turns out the dish is influenced by the many Americans who were stationed here during the war. So it has some things like hot dogs, cheese and spam, but also is made with Asian influences such as ramen, rice cakes and tofu. Both the boys love this oddity! Me not so much.
Because it is known for this American GI-inspired dish, the cafe is called the Reunification Cafe.
Reunification is a theme we keep seeing again and again. I was surprised by it. South Koreans do not really fear the North or consider the North “the enemy,” but more like their lost brethen they’ve been separated from. Reunification is the hope for both North and South. But how to do it to make it work for both countries is the tricky part.
But back to the weird hot dog dish. I wasn’t a fan. Haha. Despite the cheese, it’s one of Kyle’s favorites. I doubt I would seek it out again, hahaha.