I found myself at the Korean supermarket this week, as my youngest son has requested kalbi for his birthday and I needed to restock. It was busy, as is to be expected at any grocery the day before Thanksgiving, but I was struck by the difference in focus. Instead of aisles full of breadcrumbs, and piles of pumpkin pies by the door, the store was full of a different autumn fare. The take out deli section of the store had a dish I'd never seen before--sweet potatoes in some kind of glaze, with white cream dotted on it. What I was able to glean from the counter conversation was that this was just for Thanksgiving.
In the picture below are some of the things I picked up. Not necessarily for Turkey Day, but just autumn foods in general: persimmons on top, chestnuts in the middle, duk (rice noodles) on each side, and rice cakes on the bottom. Definitely not what I grew up with back East.
It got me to wondering just how Korean the Thanksgiving meal is for Kimchi Mamas? Chusok was back in September, and I know that is a full on Korean feast. Is Thanksgiving more of the same? Or is there just a bowl of kimchi on the table, next to the stuffing?