Thursday, March 10, 2011

Random things to know about teaching in Korea-- PORK

Disgusted??  You should be.
I know it’s been a minute since I've talked about Korea, so I am going to try to include about 8 or 9 more blogs about the essentials before I leave the country and forget.  And one of the most important things for a healthy Diva such as me to know before venturing into the land of Kimchi, is that PORK is number 1.

Being that my parents are somewhat Rastafarian, I didn’t eat pork for about 15 years (with the occasional sneaky bacon when I went out to breakfast) but once I got to college it was a little harder to keep up that lifestyle.  However, contrary to most, my swine intake was still very small and ultimately limited to bacon and the sometimes very lean cuts they would put on the salads at food services (gotta miss Berea College).  Once I graduated from college and cooked all of my own food, I hardly ever had it at all.  Needless to say, things changed rather rapidly once I came to Korea. 

Pork is cheap and easily accessible here so it finds itself on my plate more often than any other food around.  Determined to not be “Diva-esque” when I got here, I tried my damndest to keep my mouth shut about the continuous ingestion of the bullshit swine other white meat, but that was short lived.  Every time the bosses took us out (and it’s rude to say no in Korea) pork was on the menu.  Everywhere I tried to grab something quick, a nasty pork snout was staring me in the face.  *INSERT EXTREMELY DISGUSTED DIVA FACE HERE WITH THE CAPTION “WHAT THE F*CK IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTY*.
So I started protesting any dinner that included pork and letting my disgust be well known.  Nicely, yet firmly, putting my stiletto down and refusing to partake.  Pre-Madonna much?  I thought so too.  So when this last dinner came around, the Diva in me acquiesced to the higher ups and went out for pork galbi.  BIG MISTAKE.

Enter FOOD POISONING stage right.  I am way to fly to be stuck on, and/or bent over the toilet.  Not my style.  And on top of that, I was sick for the next week and had to go to the hospital again and have a HORRIBLE thing done!!!!  The Diva was and is STILL kicking my butt for not sticking to my principles.

·         I will NOT be eating anything that comes from smelly disgusting pigs (except bacon when I get to England… Hypocritical?  SO WHAT!) I am putting pork right up there with mayonnaise, cottage cheese, and celery.
·         I will NOT go against my better judgment and do something that I don’t want to do to appear nice and easy going—I am nice, but I like what I like and I want what I want.  I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
At the end of the day, I like Korea overall, but I def miss the food of yesteryear.  

(FYI----Pig's bodies contain many toxins, worms and latent diseases. Although some of these infestations are harbored in other animals, modern veterinarians say that pigs are far more predisposed to these illnesses than other animals. This could be because pigs like to scavenge and will eat any kind of food, including dead insects, worms, rotting carcasses, excreta (including their own), garbage, and other pigs.) KILL ALL THE PIGGIES!!!

What foods do you hate and refuse to eat??


  1. Down with pork! Down with pork! Down with pork! that bacon I smell?..Nevermind...but go you for changes!!!

  2. I am not a fan of
    Tomatoes except fried green ones
    Mayo, katchup, anything green apple(bad drinkin memories)buttermilk, wasabi, sourkraut and canned veggies

    Dont Judge Me Sis!!!

  3. I am judging you lol!!! Ketchup though??? and buttermilk pankcakes???? AHHHHHHHH I WANT PANCAKES NOW

  4. I completely agree. My boyfriend and I both tried to abstain from pork (and beef) back home not only for health reasons but ethical ones as well. It was super easy back home but now that we are in Korea its nearly impossible.

    Everyone I know loves Korean street food and always urges me to eat it too. I feel better knowing that someone else is not down with eating just any mystery meat on a stick they're selling.

  5. It makes me feel better too!!! I feel so mean when I say no, but I can't do it anymore!

  6. so sorry you were sick! I do eat pork, but I find that I don;t tend to eat it much- ham or bacon that's about it. I refuse to eat chitterlings! never have, never will, lol!


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