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Podcast Report: Koreans Don’t Want to Admit They’re Eating Chinese Kimchi

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Despite a hundred million dollars worth of Kimchi imports every year, South Koreans don't want to admit they're eating Chinese kimchi.  Korea FM spoke with Dave Hazzan, the author of a new VICE report on the issue, and the foodie behind Korea's first English-language food blog, Joe McPherson, to learn more about China's ever-increasing grip on the Korean kimchi market.


Koreans Don’t Want to Admit They’re Eating Chinese Kimchi

Despite millions of dollars worth of imports every year, a new VICE report says Koreans don’t want to admit they’re eating Chinese kimchi.
Korea FM spoke with the report’s author, Dave Hazzan, and the writer of Korea’s first English-language food blog, Joe McPherson, to learn more about China’s ever-increasing grip on the Korean kimchi market.


Korean Tradition : Kimjang

14-15 Nov 2015 | South Korea —

Today, I’m gonna share about my first kimchi making experience with my in-laws. Not just one head of baechu (napa cabbage) but amounting to a year supply.


It just keeps getting better!


ZenKimchi Seoul Restaurant Expat Guide 2015

Hello makgeolli lovers ~ For those of you who live in Seoul we have a special treat for you… Joe McPherson is the founding editor of ZenKimchi, Korea’s longest running […]

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Recently there has been a huge rise in ‘clean eating'; people discarding processed foods for fresh, healthy produce, in the hope of living a much healthier lifestyle. The benefits advertised certainly sound promising; weight loss, more energy, shiny hair, clear skin, even improvement in your mood. Indeed, it is definitely a beneficial lifestyle change to cut the rubbish out of your diet and embark upon a new, healthy eating regime.


Living Life The Korean Way

I’ve been living in Korea for 18 months now, enough time to get over the initial culture shock and to adapt to living the Korean lifestyle. There have been both good things- going out for dinner and getting a delicious, filling meal for under £5, and bad- fearing for your life every time you are on/ near the road because of the crazy drivers.

Here are some of the things I have become accustomed to during the last year and a half in  Korea- the good, the bad and everything in between…


It’s just THAT good.

 

After a long day’s work, all I want to do is eat something wholesome. Not chocolate or ice cream but actual food.

I remember coming home late at night and stuffing my face with a homemade sandwich like nobody’s business.

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I’d be in the middle of this sandwich and milk, enjoying what a sandwich has to offer at 11pm at night, when I felt something was missing…

Like how Aussies love their vegemite and toast,


My Stomach Connects Me to This Place

There once was a time in Korea when I was pretty scared to just jump into a new, small restaurant and order something. Sometimes, I still am. But, I’ve gotten better.

Korea likes its chains. Whether it’s coffee or food or clothing or something else, chances are if you see a place, it’s not the only place of that place in this place. You follow?

And those can be pretty great, too, as well as a unique flavor, whether of your neighborhood or just Korea in general. While there’s a Paris Baguette in Edison, NJ, I am pretty sure the Woncho in Jangnim, Busan, isn’t making the trip over to the U.S. any time soon.

The best way to get a taste of this place, a connection stronger than just being there, is eating there. And, that connection gets especially strong when it’s a one-of-a-kind establishment, the type the locals frequent. The type where, yes, occasionally the waygookin might get a couple of looks when he walks in.


A Whole Lot of Han at the Korea House

Han.  A simple word that has had many meanings over the years in the Land of the Morning Calm.

There's the Han River.  The family surname.  The shortened form of hana, one.  Even Korea's name in Korean is Hanguk.  And that famous Korean concept of powerful sadness, which has no literal translation in English and is a concept I won't even begin to try to explain, mostly because I have yet to understand myself.

Recently, when the Korean Wave phenomenon started to take off throughout Asia, the word han began to represent anything related to Korea.  These days, when tourists travel to Korea, they often try to seek out as many han related activities as possible.

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