Food Fight Club

25 Dec

I’ve been on sensory overload for the past 3 months. With the holidays behind me now and New Year’s resolutions upon me, I thought it was time to do more than just take pictures. 

In the spirit of full disclosure I’m starting to get annoyed, but before anyone starts to get judge-y hear me out. It is not a “regretting my decision” kind of annoyed its a frustration that comes with experiencing something so totally foreign that your normal methods of problem solving just aren’t cutting it.  It’s what happens to everyone  at one point or another, you’re going to get annoyed and your going to come down with the “Rants”.  Things that trigger these “Rants” are usually anything from simply being homesick (especially during the holidays) to just being pissed off that your can’t find anything “normal” to eat. My rages started about 2 weeks ago. My friend and I were discussing what to do on my birthday, and naturally someone suggested a dinner. Then the other suggests came flying in … “lets goto a Spicy Chicken Place?”, “maybe a Soju Tent?”,  or “how about a Spicy Soup Place?”,  “there’s always the BBQ place behind the apartments?”, and finally my least favorite place in the world (unless someone else is paying for it), a Hof.

(More on these food facilities later)

This is when I snapped…  I got pissed, just irrationally pissed. Not another evening with my co-workers watching me trying to dissect and/or get to the meaty bit of some absolutely delicious looking dish with chopsticks, even with a fork it is a challenge. I will be the first to admit this is a problem of my creation. I agree to absolutely everything!

hmmmm spicy chicken feet!

Next thing I know I’m eating live octopus with a big goofy smile on my face while that sea monster is still trying to escape. I just don’t know when to quit. e However, once I got the chance to speak honestly I let rip on my poor fellow foreign teacher.

“I SICK OF FIGHTING WITH MY FOOD!” is what I found myself shouting one evening on a street corner in Seoul. My coworker looked at me with sympathy and simply replied, “how about Outback”? Then like magic those “Rages” subsided.

My annoyances have let me to positive discoveries.

There are 2 reasons why Koreans are typically so skinny, aside from their genes:

  1. The food is usually so spicy you can’t eat more than 5 bites.

  2. Once the meat is “boiled” down, you’ve got to use chopsticks to dig it out….?! yes really?! (or ne, chin-sa!?) Those are calories burned my friends.

Not only is the Korea diet very low in fat it also offers challenges that will ultimately lead to weight loss. Weight lost that may one day prevent those women in Dongdaemun to stop yelling “one size one size” when I glance at a shirt.

This all being said, the food is simply delicious (and the soju doesn’t hurt either). 

The one and only Soju shot

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