Tasting Something New
You might not live long enough to try all of the different foods in the world, but why not try what you can? You only live once, right? One of the more enjoyable ways to learn about different cultures is to try out their menu. I learned this slowly as I was only accustomed to eating food that I was familiar with growing up, Korean and American. This included traditional Korean dishes such as kalbi, kimchi stew, kimbap, along with American food like hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, etc. Sure, I was also exposed to Chinese take-out, Japanese sushi and ramen, Vietnamese pho, and spam musubi but you can find these almost everywhere in America being from an Asian background.
Not All Is Tasty, However
Of course, you might want to be aware of what you’re about to eat, other than the fact that you might be allergic to it. For example, when I was in elementary school, my mom told me to try a piece of something she was snacking on. I was young, and the offer came from my mom, so I didn’t think much of it and ate some. Big mistake. Want to know what it was? Bbundaegi. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically marinated larvae (pupa). I know, gross, right? Never again. I mean…. Be my guest, and try it! Maybe you’ll like it, who knows. I think it’s supposed to be a snack? Or maybe an ingredient...does anyone really know?
Another food I don’t like is Yukhoe. Yukhoe is a Korean dish of raw minced meat with egg yolk. Before trying it, people told me it was delicious but then again, it’s coming from people who actually like it. Tried it, not a big fan but at least I can say I tried it once. I know by now, I might sound like a picky eater, but these two dishes are the only ones I’ve come across so far that I don’t like or will refuse to eat again.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Anyway, enough about my bad experiences. If I didn’t step out of my food comfort zone, I would have missed out on much more. You’re bound to come across food that doesn’t match well with your palate but finding foods that do are definitely worthwhile! It wasn’t until right after high school that I tried other cultural dishes such as samosa and gyro. One summer weekend, a couple friends and I were walking around and came across a Greek festival that was going on. We decided to look around and smelled some delicious food and, of course, got hungry. We waited in line and ordered some kebabs, gyros, falafel, and pita bread with hummus. I also took a risk with Indian food. I wouldn’t have tried it if my friend hadn’t insisted and took me to his family’s restaurant. Now, I love chickpeas, basmati rice, and samosa! I’m glad to have gone out of my food comfort zone to try these foods!
Have you tried any unique dishes? What are some dishes you would like to suggest to others? Or just for me to try? If I can find it, I’ll try it and respond back!