Like many other countries, South Korea has some foods that seem strange to the foreign pallet. Even though I usually avoid eating bugs and food that is still moving, I believe in the importance of experiencing all a culture has to offer, even if it means being more adventurous and expanding my culinary horizons.
What does Korean cuisine have to offer the faint (or adventurous) eater?
This is one experience I do not wish to repeat. The slight crunchiness followed by a subtle explosion in the mouth is just not my cup of tea. The makkoli was delicious, the larvae were another story.
Before moving to Korea I had never considered eating eel. Despite my reservations eating eel was actually a pleasant experience. While I would possibly consider eating eel in regards to taste, it’s usually expensive and I would honestly rather get something else with that money.
3. Cooked pig skin – kkeobdegi
My sister was a champ and tried the grilled pig skin, but was less than impressed with the rubbery consistency and the need to chew for minutes on end.
4. Sannakji – Live Octopus
P.S. There is actually a bonus food included in the octopus story. I was not expecting it to explode like that!!
My students would often bring this for an “in-between classes” snack, and it’s also available at movie theaters, alongside your popcorn, as a delicious pre-movie morsel. Umm, no thanks.
I will often try foods at least once, but in these cases once was quite enough. Are there any foods you have sampled and are happy to pass by in the future?