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Korean Food — 101

What’s your favorite Korean food?

Guts — Are you Ready?

Sometimes it just takes Guts to stand up to the big boys of candy bars.

Are you ready?

The kimchi smelled so strong…

that on a recent bus trip from Daejeon to Seoul, the bus driver stopped the bus on the shoulder of the expressway and made an ajumoni, who had brought a large container of this potent pickled vegetable onto the bus, get off the bus and put it in the luggage compartment under the bus.

Yikes! That’s some serious cabbage!

How much would you pay for a head of cabbage? Let me rephrase that, how much would you be willing to spend for a head of cabbage?

In this photo, via the Joong Ang Daily, a head of cabbage at a market in Seoul is 11,600 won, or $10.12.

That’s got to put a dent in one’s pocketbook, especially when cabbage is one of the main staples of the Korean diet (kimchi). And with kimjang (the making of kimchi) just around the corner, it’s going to put even a bigger dent in folks’ pocketbooks here.

Picture of the Day: Laos Papaya

Papaya growing outside our house in Laos.

Nothing like sliced fresh papaya, or spicy green papaya salad.

Pine Mushrooms & Phallic Symbols

Okay, there are a number of things going on in this photo (via the Korea Times), not the least of which are these very expensive mushrooms:

Models show top-rated pine mushrooms from Yangyang County, Gangwon Province, during a promotion held in Myeong-dong, central Seoul, Sunday. Yangyang will hold a five-day mushroom harvest festival from Sept. 24. The pine mushroom is considered a gourmet food in Korea and Japan, with top-rated ones fetching 1.5 million won ($1,300) per kilogram.

Now you have to admit these mushrooms do have this phallic thing going on here.

Look a little closer–do you see that eye and eyebrow of what looks like a life-sized mushroom figure behind the model in the center? Creepy, huh?

Picture of the Day: Sawasdee Khrap Ronald McDonald

Got to hand it to the folks who’ve brought us the Big Mac, Happy Meal, and Shamrock Shakes, they know how to market their product overseas, in this case that ubiquitous symbol of fast food around the world, Ronald McDonald who is seen here, outside a McDonald’s in Phuket, Thailand making a “wai” the traditional greeting in Thailand–with both hands clasped together to resemble a lotus.

Chicken on a stick and grilled chicken feet

You’ve heard of chicken in a basket? Well, how about chicken on a stick?

Grilled chicken on a stick and other delicacies for sale in Laos during a festival at a Buddhist temple.

Grilled chicken feet. I’ve been told these crispy feet are delicious.

Stuckey’s anyone?

I was commenting one of my Facebook friends’ photos today when I wrote that the photo reminded me of Stuckey’s.


They were all over the Midwest when I was growing up–and they are still around. I remember one along Route 80 off the Plank Road. Famous for their “pecan log rolls” they were a mainstay along America’s highways, and if I remember correctly for their unique building construction and green and white color.

Well, if you want to wax nostalgia Stuckey’s style, check out these two sites:

Confused Reviews


Bet you’re drooling just thinking about that pecan log roll now!

Sardines? Who would have thought?

After reading this article via Yahoo, I’m sold on this healthy little fish.

Packed in like sardines is going to take on an entirely different meaning.

I’m off to Home plus now (a hyper market in Daejeon) to see if there are any cans of this healthy fish on the shelf!

Wonder how they might taste on pizza.

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