I’m a very picky eater and by picky, I mean I may have been borderline vegetarian the majority of my life.
Coming to Asia has introduced me to a whole new type of cuisine, sometimes not the most appealing but always entertaining.
Below is a list of foods I never would have thought I’d touch until I came to Korea:
- SPAM: it’s in just about everything here so it’s very hard to avoid it. Just now, I made some rice pouridge for lunch that was labelled “vegetable” but sure enough, little pieces of the ultra processed meat were floating in my bowl.
- Fish heads and raw fish: I actually don’t mind it as long as the head isn’t facing me.
- Radishes: they’re everywhere and are used as a source to clean your pallet, but I honestly just eat them because they taste good.
- Sweet pickles: I HATED these at home, but somehow Korea makes them taste appetizing.
- Hairy meat: Not sure if I was supposed to eat the hair, or cut it off…either way, I wasn’t too impressed.
- Seaweed: cooked, dried, by itself, or paired with a dish…I’ve had it all.
- Unidentifiable pieces of meat: I try to avoid this, but in soups and other dishes it is kind of hard to avoid and sometimes it’s surprisingly good, but watch out for hidden bones!
- Kimchi: I’ve developed cravings for this famous side dish.
- Dried Squid: This has replaced my jerky obsession since jerky is so expensive here.
- Prepackaged Boiled Eggs: They’re surprisingly delicious and some even come soaked in soy sauce!