The Korean Cheese Shortage

(..and I don’t mean the Wondergirls.)

“But Asians can’t handle dairy products.”

That’s a debate for a later time.

Korean pizza makers have started raising prices because China is consuming a lot more dairy–so the price of cheese is going up.


Author: ZenKimchi

Joe McPherson founded ZenKimchi in 2004. He has been featured and sourced in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN, KBS, MBC, SBS, Le Figaro, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, The Chosun Weekly, and other Korean and international media. He has consulted for "Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain," The Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, the PBS documentary series “Kimchi Chronicles,” and other projects in the UK, Canadan, and Australia featuring celebrity chefs such as Gizzi Erskine and Gary Mehigan. Mr. McPherson has written for multiple Korean and international publications, including SEOUL Magazine, JoongAng Daily, The Korea Herald, Newsweek Korea and wrote the feature article for U.S. National publication Plate magazine’s all-Korean food issue. He has acted as dining editor for 10 Magazine and was on the judging panel for Korea for the Miele Guide. He spoke at TEDx Seoul on Korean food globalization, at TED Worldwide Talent Search on the rise of Korean cuisine, and in New York City on Korean Buddhist temple cuisine. The company ZenKimchi International organizes food tours for tourists and corporations and acts as a media liaison for foreign and Korean media and local restaurants and producers.

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  • http://www.seouleats.com/ Dan Gray

    I am going to agree with Matt on this topic, he said, “Cheese in Asia is a lie.”

    By that logic, the prices of cheese are being artificially inflated on something that doesn’t exist. No one in Asia knows what real cheese is- Velveeta is a delicacy here. I’m going to melt some plastic on pizza and sell it at a discount. It’ll have the same cheesy sensation.

  • Marie Frenette

    While it’s true that the cheese market isn’t very developed in Asia, it’s untrue that there is
    only “plastic” cheese (in Korea). I can buy a variety of cheese at the grocery store here in
    Jeju. I expect bigger cities would have a bigger selection.

    I really wish people would hesitate to make broad statements about an entire continent. It’s
    a bit boring.

  • EFL Geek

    Here is a direct link to your article

    and this is how you get a direct link from the KH.

  • http://zenkimchi.com/ ZenKimchi

    Keep in mind that there is an actual cheese-producing region in Korea, Imsil–one of the only cheese regions in east Asia.

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