October 12th, 2011
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Establishing goodwill and building on an already strong foundation. That was the motive behind the "Taste of Korea" event in Washington.

A number of activities were held to help foster better understanding between Korean and American cultures. Youngsters enjoyed everything from a cooking lesson and arts and crafts to live music and a martial arts demonstration.

Twenty middle school students from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington were invited to the festivities. They were joined by twenty Korean American students - all of them children of employees of the Embassy of Korea.

Together, they learned how to make dumplings called mandu. They also got to learn how to make bibimbap - a vegetable medley with rice. The kids' hard work was rewarded in the end when they sat down to enjoy the Korean cuisine they helped prepare.

This was the fifth 'Taste of' event organized by the Office of the Chief of Protocol, a division of the State Department. Han Duck-soo, the Korean ambassador to the United States, summed up the Taste of Korea. "This is the appetizer to the visit from the Korean president," he said.

President Obama and the First Lady will welcome South Korean president Lee Myung-bak for dinner Thursday evening at the White House.

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  1. gross

    That don't look like korean food. GROSS. =\ that bi bim bop is SAD looking!

    October 14, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  2. Kimchee man

    Where is the kimchee and bulgogi?!?!?

    October 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  3. Paulo

    Of course they should serve the meal with some soju.

    October 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  4. Nice event, but not Korean food

    The event looks fun for the kids and it's good for cultural relations. Too bad they didn't use normal looking Korean food– looks like a weird gourmet version I've never seen before (I lived in Korea for 5 years).

    October 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  5. SlantEye Slim

    Can I get a Gross of these Georgia made Chopsticks to take home with me? Very Nice.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • racist

      slant eye slim? ahhh the uneducated ignorant american stereotype rears it's ugly head

      October 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  6. uh where's the korean food...

    those mandu look terrible and that is not how bibimbap is supposed to be served either...would they put some real Koreans in there to teach these kids a lesson in proper Korean food culture? Where's the kimchi?

    October 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  7. Truth

    얼마나 맛있는!
    그리고 기록을 위해, 그 충돌 것입니다!

    October 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • BBoyShekki

      ah the limits of translation programs...

      October 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
      • Bing Translator

        How delicious!
        And for the record, that will crash!

        October 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  8. Evil Grin

    I'm jealous. That's very cool that they were able to do this.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
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