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What Korean Dish Would You Introduce?
Oct31

What Korean Dish Would You Introduce?

MBC is putting together a piece on Korean food globalization, and they asked me to place a simple survey on the site. So please take the time to answer this single question.   [SURVEYS 1]

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Poll: How will you spend Christmas?

This poll is intended for people in Korea, but anyone can take it. The farther a person goes from home, the stronger little traditions pull them, especially holidays. During my adult life in America, I had become jaded towards Christmas. I didn’t drink egg nog. I didn’t listen to Christmas music. Christmas dinner–”Another turkey? We had one at Thanksgiving.” From my first year in Korea, I missed the...

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Poll: Your Favorite Pepero Flavor

Wow, you’d never know the G20 was in town, would ya? I tell you, I took the subway today, and I’m not taking it again until this is over. It’s freakin’ scary with all those graphic emergency info videos playing in the subway cars and on the platforms–bombs exploding, fires blazing, people falling down foaming at the mouth. I think I’ll celebrate Pepero Day at home. Yes, it’s 11/11–time...

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Poll: Are There Too Many Side Dishes?

A recent piece in the Korea Times about Korean food globalization hits a lot of key points that are easily debatable. The distinction of this piece is that it’s based on interviews with Korean restaurateurs outside of Korea. One particular passage struck me: Another issue is side dishes. Koreans have several side dishes before the main cooking comes to the fore, but the time-honored tradition works as a stumbling block in...

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Poll: Do You Like Standardized Food Carts?

I’m trying not to show my bias in this. Seoul has had a love-hate relationship with its own street food. Even though they are heavily patronized by citizens, the government has treated them in the past as embarrassments. I think they even tried to ban them or put them out of sight for the 2002 World Cup in Korea. The latest measure has been to require street vendors to use standardized food carts from the city. I guess so that...

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