[ESTHER CHUNG]As the coronavirus outbreak continues, most people are avoiding restaurants in favor of some good ol’ home cooking. I for one was excited about the prospect of cooking again, but after a few rounds of signature dishes like the good old doenjang jjigae (fermented soybean paste stew) or a quick plate of pasta, my taste buds were ready for something new.That’s how I stumbled upon the Istanbul Cultural Center’s cooking classes.“These are the signature dishes we have in Turkey for breakfast,” said Gulcan Nazar, the instructor of the class, on March 9 at the cultural center in southern Seoul. “Breakfast is an integral part of the Turkish society, an important ritual to start your day.”The class consisted of eight students, ranging from a former traveler who backpacked across Turkey without much cooking experience to a professional patissier, along with two Turkish instructors. Within two hours, we had a table full of freshly baked lavash (soft and thin unleavened flatbread), two large deep dishes filled with homemade hummus and a pot of menemen (stewed tomatoes, peppers and onion with eggs scrambled in).If you like your hummus to be as silky as possible, the instructors recommended starting a day earlier by… Read full this story
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