One of the best parts about being on a vacation and travelling is the FOOD! EVERY DAY is a cheat day! There is no calorie counting or over-compensating on the salad. Food is an integral part of other cultures that enhances your travel experience. As someone who lives in the west, I can say that the western representation of East Asian cuisine is quite limited. There is so much more than sushi and ramen! In my 2 weeks in Japan and Korea, I barely ever repeated the same meal twice, that’s how many options there are!
Japan and Korea are known for their exotic cuisines and flavors. Everything I ate was delicious. Much of what I ate was also not something I would eat on a regular basis. I had to make a conscious effort to convince myself to give things a shot. My logic is, millions of people have been eating it for hundreds of years, if they’re doing fine it ain’t gonna kill you (unless you’re allergic, in which case this theory does not apply to you and good luck :/) . And I hate to say this, but though there are vegetarian options available, vegetarians will be missing out on a lot.
Some of the most challenging things for me to try were
- Salmon eggs (Japan) – They’re these really small orange balls that look a little slimy. Dozens of them went on once piece of sushi. I almost couldn’t do it. But they taste EXACTLY like salmon once you bite into them. Couldn’t tell the difference.
- Pigs feet (Korea) – That’s what they are, grilled pieces of pigs feet. With the perfect amount of meat and fat, they’re DELICIOUS AF! Will recommend it to anyone who eat meat.
- Chicken gizzard (Korea) – Which was translated to me as ‘Chicken A-hole’. Pretty sure the meaning is inaccurate and lost in translation. It’s like chewy pieces of cartilage, good for a snack while drinking.
- Chicken feet (Korea) – I really wanted to try this but was a little skeptical. The texture and taste were fine, but the Korean way of cooking chicken feet is extremely spicy. A few bites in, my eyes were watering, and I have a good tolerance for spice. I would compare it to the ‘Insane’ version of buffalo wings.
- Street Food (Japan) – We had some sort of Japanese version of a savory pancake with filling, except I have no idea what the filling was. I honestly don’t know what I ate, I don’t know what it’s called, it doesn’t matter. It tasted good, so just keep your judgement aside and give it a shot!
From my experiences, I’ve learned that a broad mind and an empty stomach go well together!
Thank you for reading, what strange foods have you tired? Leave a comment!