7:30pm – WAY past my dinner time, but only just leaving the office. In an effort to be healthier, lunch was a home-made tuna salad. As a result, hanger level is about a 5. Text mum, tell her I’m going to be late for dinner but I’m coming home hungry.
7:35pm – Even though I’m heading towards a home-cooked meal, I need something to keep me going in the meantime so I take a detour via Coles on the way to my bus stop hoping for some cheap deep-fried goods (89c spicy chicken wing!) Alas, it’s too late in the day and there’s nothing left. Hanger level rises to 6.5. Want to hit something.
7:45pm – Usually regular bus is taking AGES to come. Hanger level rising. Bus finally arrives and there are no seats – I have to STAND after a long day at work on an 8pm bus!! Ridiculous. Hanger level rises to 7.5. Read book to get my mind off hanger.
8:20pm – Walking to my car, mum calls me to check where I am. All I can say is “IS THERE FOOD?!?!?!?!?” She says “Yes, a little bit”. Drive home in a hangry rage. Level 8.
8:30pm – Get home to see nothing on dinner table but salad and kimchi. “…” Mum says she’ll warm something up while I change. I smell meat, things are looking up.
8:35pm – I sit down to eat, and she puts this in front of me:
HEL-LOOOOHHH THERE! RICE + FRIED EGG w/ RUNNY YOLK + JUICY MEAT PATTY = ULTIMATE HANGER CURE
I was so impressed and surprised by this I ran straight up the stairs to get my phone so I could take a photo before eating it. The thing is that my mum rarely cooks new dishes… and I had never seen this before! It’s “Hamburger Rice” – mum followed a recipe she saw on a Korean cooking show – it’s just rice, a fried egg and a burger patty topped with chopped onion caramelised in soy sauce/wine/sugar. And then you chop it all up and mix it together – SO YUMMY!!!! And so easy ! This is like a lazy, fat man’s anti-vegetarian version of bibimbap. I guess burger and rice isn’t such a crazy combination after all!