Joheun achim!.. Greetings from Miss Zakki, annyeong haseyo ssaem!.. from the kids. It turns out that on that afternoon, the Mupat Library held a book discussion on Istifatun Zaka’s work titled “Korean Food: Characteristics and Historical Background.” Yes, when we hear the word Korea, it’s often associated with K-Pop and K-Dramas. However, there’s still much to explore about Korean culture, one of which is its cuisine.
“Difficulty in controlling Korean Wave content that may not be suitable for children made us take the initiative to present accurate information by showcasing the other side of Korean culture that can be a positive insight,” expressed Miss Zakki, the library staff specializing in cultural matters.
Book discussions at the school library always create a unique atmosphere. It’s not just about reviewing the book’s content; the children were also invited to directly try various Korean dishes, including: tteokbokki (rice cakes), kimbap (rice rolls), bibimbap (Korean mixed rice), kimchi (pickled radish), and banana milk.
“Food isn’t just about what we eat to fill our mouths; food is culture and identity. It’s undeniable that food is one of the ways to unite people globally,” added Miss Zakki. At the end of the event, Miss Zakki provided a list of recommended halal Korean restaurants in Malang. Not forgetting, they concluded the meal with a prayer as an expression of gratitude.