Prune Juice and Fish Sticks

*Personal post to follow*

My food troubles have proven to be a larger issue than I planned for since I’ve been in Korea. First the food poisoning.  Then the “I can’t eat ANY more rice” vow I made about 3 weeks ago. THEN, I finally found western food and was happy about it although it costs an arm, leg, mouth and foot, I HAD to buy what I could because otherwise I’d be eating air as some of my 5th graders say.


When I got to my apartment the lady before me left quite a bit of things like blankets, pillows, towels, and even some food. I was very grattful. She was also a cook so she left primarily seasonings, utensils, and the like. However, after looking in the fridge initially I saw a bottle of Prune Juice which immediately made me wonder.

Fast Forward…

My life time supply of angel hair pasta came and shrimp alfredo was on thee menu. However since that was the only thing I ate for 3 days straight you can guess my need for prune juice now.

I say all this majorly personal testimony TO SAY, when coming to Korea, you will eat the food at first, during orientation and what not. Some days you will want to rip your stomach out and some days you will be happy you showed up to the dining hall. Once you are given the SAME food for more than a month and a half, you WILL want to find and cook your own food. This urge and sometimes binge eating may cause you digestive issues so be prepared if you can. The pharmacy I went to for some aspirin definitely had a whole section of prune juice and prunes dead front and center so it ain’t just me having “issues” and its not enough foreigners in the area for them to invest in “prune juice from California.”

My advice when traveling is to take a pack of prunes with you if you can or find some 100% prune juice with you because we all like to feel free!


*End of personal post*


The South Korean Fried Chicken Myth

Alright. Let’s get down to business…

Now this topic is quite a big deal to me. Before I set food on this land, I heard ALLLL about how GREAT the fried chicken was here in South Korea. Like people RAVE about it ALL across this country and have spread this “news” around the world. Even the other day, my boyfriend tells me his boy is married to a Korean woman and she makes bomb fried chicken.

I can’t.

My story with this topic begins in Donghae. I had my first chicken in Donghae and it was lack luster AT BEST. The second time I had it I was tipsy off Soju which should mean all tastes should be enhanced by 20, but to my surprise the chicken we scarfed down at about 11:30 pm on a school night had NO flavor. The third time I had fried chicken was in Seoul. Again, taste buds had been doused in apple soju and I was excited…. but you can guess the rest.

I HAVE YEEEETTTTT TO HAVE BOMB OR EVEN GOOD FRIEND CHICKEN IN KOREA. There is one place in my town that is well known for their chicken and I really want to try it but I might have to ask for mine to be cooked fresh because of this whole food poison thing. I’m paranoid now (as I should be). It’s called, get this… “Mama’s Touch”    *side face not eye* riiiiiight?!

I will say this, the technique and consistency of the crust is good. Yes it is. However, there is no flavor in IT or on the chicken. Which equals NOT GOOD fried chicken. Kapeesh?!

I was talking to an old CELTA classmate who ironically just left teaching in Donghae before I met him and he said something so prfound and so honest that it changed my whole outlook of what to expect. He said, “Korean fried chicken is good, but you’re not gonna get down south fried chicken. That’s not there”

BINGO. And there it is there. I mean its not even Golden Bird on a bad day. And I like spice so you can guess it was all over when I started staring at the meat looking for some colored specs or something.

Anywho, I’ll let you know if Mama really does have the touch or if she’s just playin’ games too.

(Hiiii Aunt Jessie and Cellina – I know you guys visit the blog so I wanted to send you a big “HEEEEEYYYY” MISS YOU)

How to lose weight eating Korean food


By Roxana Wells, eHow Contributor


 South Korea tauts the lowest obesity rate of any developed country, with only 3.5 percent of its adult population categorized as obese. Compare that with America’s 34.5 percent, and it’s easy to see why we should take a look at the Korean menu. The South Koreans eat a very healthy diet filled with fresh vegetables and complemented with seafood, lean meat, and lots of spices.

    • Eat your veggies. Korean dishes like bibimbap (rice bowl with vegetables) and onmyeon (noodle soup with vegetables) are packed with a variety of colorful plant life—both wild and cultivated. Even if you order bulgogi (grilled marinated beef) at a restaurant, you are sure to get plenty of side dishes with all kinds of tasty vegetable treats whether you asked for them or not. Including lots of vegetables in your diet will provide you with low-calorie, high fiber nutrition, leaving little room for junk.

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      Pour on the chili paste. Korean food is notoriously spicy, and most meals come with a tiny side dish of chili paste as a condiment. According to Soon Young Chung, author of “Korean Home Cooking,” “spices are used in Korean cooking for health and nutrition as much as for their taste”. Adding some spice to your foods will add a small boost to your metabolism as well as some flavor to otherwise bland healthy foods.

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      Don’t forget the kimchi. Kimchi is Korea’s most distinctive culinary treat. Basic kimchi is made of fresh or fermented cabbage seasoned with garlic, fish sauce, ginger and chili powder, although it also comes in many other varieties. It is a staple of the Korean diet served at every meal, and it is believed to be high in nutrients and good for digestion. Adding some spicy kimchi to your diet with help move things along, so to speak.

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      Try some Korean ginseng. For centuries, Koreans have claimed that this special root has many medicinal purposes including weight loss. In fact, the Seoul Department of Internal Medicine released a report in January of 2009 claiming that Korean ginseng may reduce blood sugar. This may help control those sugar cravings. Head to a Korean public market to try a freshly made ginseng, milk and honey smoothie, or try the traditional summer samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) to see if it works for you.

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      Sit down and enjoy your food. Koreans put a lot of effort into food preparation and presentation. They taste everything, but rarely clean their plates. Dishes are typically shared with several family members instead of consumed individually. Adding these customs to your eating habits are sure to help you slow down, savor your food, and consume less.

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