Dae Woo visited our shop in Kobe. First when he arrived, he was dressed in a suit and necktie and I almost kicked him out of the shop to get dressed properly. We first sat down and he presented his stroopwafels. The problem with his waffles is that the caramel crystallizes, so it becomes a cookie with some brittle sugar in between. For that purpose we add butter and gelatin to our caramel, so it stays gooey.
I supplied a cook coat for him and we set out to work, making caramel. We spent the whole day together and went out for dinner with two of our children and one of our staff, Nori. I left early with my kids and Dae Woo and Nori kept on drinking till the wee hours of the night. The next morning, Nori didn’t show up for work. The Japanese apparently are no match against the Korean liquor intake.
If you have ever wondered what Dae Woo, the famous car brand, means. It means Big Cow.
Well, Big Cow, went back to Korea the next day and became a happy stroopwafel baker for the rest of his life. All is well that ends well.