Saturday, June 14, 2008

#39 Corningware


Corningware. It's white, has a faded, pastel, flowery design along the borders, and straight out of the 70's. If you're Korean, you have this, had this, or have seen this at another Korean person's house. All Korean Moms of a certain generation either inherited Corningware dishes or had them on their registry when they got married. Possession of Corningware is a requirement for Korean Momness. It is the only brand of dish that is worth owning. Do not ever break, lose, or lend out your Korean Mom's Corningware. She will turn you into stone with her stank eye and there will be no Aslan to cure you. To a Korean Mom her Corningware is older, more reliable, and better looking than you. It never talks back, and it will never be fat. You, on the other hand, will. Corningware is the secret illegitimate child of the Korean Mom. I once took one of my Korean Mom's Corningware dishes to college. She missed it more than she missed me. It eventually graduated and moved back in with her to her delight.

45 comments:

AngelesC said...

My Chinese mom has the exact one in the picture! :)

Iris said...

My mom received Corningware as a wedding present. =)

stacy said...

im loving your blog
:D It's totally truee !

tammy said...

ahahhahah my mom has that. also what about old kim chi and gochijan (sp?) containters instead of real tupperware

blee said...

my korean mom just bought me a box of corningware for my new apt. i had asked for a variety of dishes and cups but she insisted that corningware was the best. anyway, they are the best. and she is the best.

echo0918 said...

Tammy's comment is spot on!!! Cackling here.

Anyhow, thanks. Didn't realize it was a Korean thing.

Anonymous said...

i almost died of laughter at this. nice.

Anonymous said...

I'm caucasian, but my Korean Buddhist friends think I am a reincarnated Korean.

My mom owns one of these EXACT ONES...mystery solved.

Anonymous said...

My mom's high-end stuff is Mikasa. She is obsessed and her special day trip is always going to the Mikasa outlet to treat herself with a new set of plates or serving platter.

The Corningware is the true stand-by.

Stephanie said...

OHMIGAWD. My mother has the same exact frickin' thing. And she never ever loans out her precious Corningware. Alas, on my wedding register (blushing) I had Corningware on my registry. It's in my blood.

Echo said...

XD Wow, I have the exact same one in the picture, same design, same size...

I cook my dooboo jjigae and stuff in it.

Anonymous said...

My taiwanese mom has the same exact one as the picture posted and my korean mil has some of her own too. Oh, and I am following in their footsteps, I have a set too! LOL!

kumichan83 said...

Must be a Japanese mom thing too because my mom has those!!!

Anonymous said...

hahaha, my korean mother in law gave that to me right after our marriage!!

Jullietta said...

I accidentally lent a friend my mum's corningware bowl and left it at her place, I never heard the end of it. Corningware ahahaha

Spyre said...

We have the EXACT some Corningware haha! I've never taken it offsite but my sister once borrowed a bucket for a party and my mum asked for it daily. It's a plastic bucket. Get over it!

What about those metal kimchi containers with the 3 latches? My mum wraps the lid in plastic wrap to avoid "staining" the rubber seal lol not to mention her overuse of plastic wrap!

ck and pachia said...

oh my goodness. my mother has the same exact thing! i love your blog, it is like the story of my life.

-ck.

Sora said...

I just found your blog and am now dying of laughter at the little picture of the Corningware. I always wondered why we were the only family on the block with a complete set of those... now it all makes sense.

Did you also have a blanket closet? We had one random closet where all the "mink" blankets were stored in a ginormous stack. Very handy for hide and seek.

Anonymous said...

You should just scratch out the korean part. This is most families. Who doens't save plastic bags, horde on condiments (esp hand wipes), having a 70s/80s looking baking dish?

I'm Native American. I've asked my Egyptian friend, Chicana bffs, and Filipino pal and they all do/have the same. This is universal.

lovymovie said...

hai! my mom is Indonesian, but she also has it, she even has various size of it. she always says "don't u even break it" with a deep tone of her voice.

Sue said...

Like my Korean mother, I loves me the Corningware.

"Steven" Lee said...

OMG, my mom has the exact same ones. : D

Cairo Mama said...

My German-Swedish-Scottish-American mom has the same set as well.

Anonymous said...

This post brought back painful childhood memory - near death but for the grace of God (and love of child overcoming love of Corningware). Following a gathering (never called a "dinner party", for some reason) at our place, newly-washed 50+ pieces neatly stacked and placed on large platter, awaiting return to storage. I got usual chore of cleaning kitchen floor (which involved recycled towel and hands/knees - ya'll know what I'm talking about!). Unfortunately, I was a bit of a clutzy child - decided to stand up right by platter, caught outer lip and everything went flying and crashing down. Sturdiness of Corningware notwithstanding, only 3-5 pieces survived. I still remember the look on my nother's face when she returned from grocery shopping and saw the broken pieces neatly stacked on the platter...

Jasmine said...

LOL!!! I thought it was just a "family thing." But, I guess I was mistakened.

Anonymous said...

My White mom also has this exact same Corningware, given to her by my grandmother. By the looks of the comments it seems that Corningware might be a universal symbol of momness.

Anonymous said...

Haha, "... her Corningware, is older, more reliable, and better looking than you ..." Hahahahaha.

ngf said...

corningware...

it's the dish i stole from home when i went away to college...1 plate, 1 bowl, 1 spoon, 1 fork, 1 knife, etc...

it's the dish i did not dare break while washing dishes as a young child still struggling to develop hand-eye coordination...

midnight_mile said...

I'm pretty sure Korean MIL has the same pot in the picture as well ^_^

jessicaaaapaek said...

every asian mom has that exact same pot in the picture. even some white mom's!
my KM will never part with her coffee grinder and hand mixer (circa mid 1970's), both of which are yellow and cracked and old and with all the cracked cups and old bent flat silverware and stained mugs from when my parents first got married. my KM forced us to use everything until it was absolutely unusable. if it could withstand the dishwasher or if it would turn on, it was usable.

Phulkari said...

My mom has the exact same pattern ... haha!

dianaguay said...

wow, yea, my mom totally has this exact set of corningware... same pattern and everything..

Antonia said...

I'm 100% black and my mom has a full set of corningware that she CHERISHES!

crystal said...

Coringware is great but actually, the new "ware" of the 2000's is LOCK AND LOCK. Basically tuperware with lock-hinges on all four corners making the containers "air-tight". My mom LOVES these. She had one in the freezer which fell out and cracked on the floor and when no one would 'fess up to whodunit, she cleaned it and had it on display for a week or so, determined to find the culprit.

Annie said...

I think I just about died - my KM has that exact set! In all the different sizes to carry everything!

Joolay said...

OMFG
crystals rite
lock and lock is THE asian thing
im not even joking you
if u dont have a set, ur not azn

sandra said...

we have that same exact one at home.

Swaphos said...

It's not a Korean thing, it's a MOM thing.

Get her Corning Ware for Mothers Day, Her birthday, Your birthday, Your dads birthday, and especially upon the birth of your first daughter who will inherit all of your mothers Corning Ware.

http://www.santafetradingpost.com/corning_ware.html

Anonymous said...

I once told my mom that i couldn't find her corningware (the same one as in the picture). The lie was able to peel her away from her Korean soap and she even jumped off the couch and yelled OMINAH!

Diana said...

I'm not Korean but I've lived there and I totally have vintage corningware. Great blog!

Anonymous said...

LOL EXTREMELY FUNNY

kimchikraut said...

I went though a Lock & Lock phase but now, you need to ditch that all and replace it with the special Korean glass-bottom tupperware with the Lock & Lock-type lid or else you are ghetto and will get Alzheimer's from the plastic. Also ditch all aluminum pots or you will die.

Anonymous said...

lol~~i'm not korean but my mum has exactly like the the one in the picture..same design..haha

Jean-Marc Liotier said...

Flashback from my French childhood... My mother had that exact same dish... Looks like this thing is worldwide !

Anonymous said...

I HAVE THIS EXACT DISH AT HOME!
I laughed out loud on this one.
And all my dishes are Corningware. ;_;
I guess I live in a true Korean household...