I was looking for photos from Korea for my lastest post, My Super Korean Identity Revealed. I lost a lot of photos after my five-year-old laptop broke down, so most of the old photos were from my phone. Ever since I got this phone (iPhone), two years ago, I took a lot of pictures, mostly to share on twitter, facebook and now instagram, but also it’s a handy camera. It never left my side. You know how it is. I had a hard time living in my country, but certainly I had some amazingly good times, according to these pictures. The whole phone photo album made me laugh, and miss my home a little.
Guess what the most pictures were about? “FOOD”! I couldn’t believe how many food photos I got, and how many different things that I’ve eaten for last two years. All the photos are taken with iPhone 3G.
The street food. My mum didn’t allow me to eat any kind of street food when I was little. It was unsanitary. My mum tried to made everything at home, even if it was a ridiculous thing my brother and I wanted to eat. But you can’t really beat the convenience of the street food. Sorry mum. They are just too good.
The biggest category of all: Korean BBQ! Samgyupsal, three layers pork belly, and sometimes five layers with a bottle of Korean beer and all the side dishes… they are the best. This is my favourite kind of eat-out food back home. You’d be surprised to know how many different things we Koreans can do with the pork.
We don’t buy kimchi; we make it at home. But there are regional style kimchi around the country. There are more than 100 different kinds, and now you can see most of them in the market. I bought some other kinds of kimchi when I was traveling in the south.
All the side dishes, hot soup, various kinds of rice, jean (pancake), alcohol… Most of the food have their stories and proper occasion to be eaten. I love that about Korean food. Some photos are from home, some are from the restaurants. Table full of food – that’s Korean style.