Mark and his partner have been excited about their housewarming gift for us since before we even looked at any homes. We went out for dinner a few nights back and they brought a bag.
We opened it and found this lovely platter.
“We were told it was Korean,” Mark said.
Good Man looked at the back and shrugged. He couldn’t read the Chinese characters, so he trotted off to do research. Indeed, they read “Korean Porcelain/Chinaware.”
Then they pulled out a box. We started unwrapping dish after dish. Mark laughed, “We found these at an estate sale and thought they’d be great for Korean food.”
Dish After Dish
When we’d admired the complete set, his partner said, “We have more in the car.”
We took the boxes to the house, stashed them in the basement, and waited until we had some time to put them away. I held two shelves clear for the dishes and started unpacking.
I was delighted to find that some of the plates were actually painted on the back as well.
I unpacked and unpacked and unpacked. I was balancing plates, bowls, cups, and lids on every available surface. I found another platter in red.
Bowls and Lids
Plates and Saucers
Plates on a Stool
Plates Balancing on a Bucket
Bowls and Cups
It seemed like every times I unwrapped a dish, I found another dish in another size. Finally, I was left with a mountain of trash, and the realization that two shelves were not going to be enough.
Eighty-three dishes later (!), I had found a good way to use the strangely-shaped corner cabinets in our kitchen.
I can’t wait to invite them over for some Korean food. We’ll finally have enough dishes for all of the banchan!