Guest Post: Lessons in Korean cuisine from my Korean ex | Speaking of China

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  1. MM
    MM August 29, 2014 at 10:20 am | | Reply


    Like you I love Korean food and I was introduced to it while in China. There is a Korean restaurant near where I work so I tend to eat there 2 or 3 times a week. The popularity of Korean food in China has grown, I have seen lines of Chinese people waiting to try fried Korean Chicken ( supposedly this is the most famous and tastiest Korean fried Chicken in Shanghai).
    The popularity of Korean Drama’s has a lot to do with the popularity of Korean food.

  2. D-Maybe
    D-Maybe August 29, 2014 at 10:37 am | | Reply

    I also enjoy Korean food. However, one criticism I have with Korean cuisine is that it doesn’t have a great variation of flavours. Also, while the heat is not unbearable to me, the Korean chilli powder/sauce gives me diarrhea.

  3. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian August 29, 2014 at 10:57 am | | Reply

    Have no idea of the Korean dish you mentioned. But I do love hot, spicy curry soup noodle we have here that we call curry mee. With slices of fried tofu, veges and clams curry mee is heavenly. I do like kimchi though and the Korean glutinous rice they have for a staple.

  4. Marta
    Marta August 29, 2014 at 5:59 pm | | Reply

    Sweet story! Like Sveta, I wasn’t used to (and didn’t like) spicy food until I went to China. The first time I ate a lamb skewer with spicy powder I wanted to die hahaha. Now I also enjoy Korean food. I am not a big fan of kimchi but I love toppoki!

  5. mang0es
    mang0es August 29, 2014 at 11:53 pm | | Reply

    I totally agree with you on how an ex or significant other can change the way you eat!! Before college, I only had Thai food in addition to Chinese and Vietnamese. Then I met my ex, and was introduced to a whole bunch of diverse restaurants. My family seldom went out to eat to save money… So after being exposed to all these restaurants, I eventually took a food culture class during college. Then at the beginning of this year, I started a foodie blog! =)

  6. D-Maybe
    D-Maybe August 30, 2014 at 6:49 am | | Reply

    @Jocelyn, the Korean drama you’re referring to must be that cheesy one with the alien. I can’t believe it was such a huge hit in China… It just goes to show how lacking in taste the Chinese people are.

    By the way, the Korean oxtail soup is delicious! I highly recommend it.

  7. HadiSS
    HadiSS August 30, 2014 at 10:57 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for sharing Sveta. Totally agree, our love of food has nothing to do with whatever happens in our date.

  8. Ri
    Ri August 31, 2014 at 8:52 am | | Reply

    It’s true that people can influence your dietーespecially a partner or close friend. Even though both YJ and I have picked up some of each other’s foods, I will never be able to eat his natto-meets-kimchi concoction (though I love kimchi and I’m neutral about natto!)… Mixing two really smelly things together like that just doesn’t do it for me.
    I also love toppoki though! (YJ likes it too, but hasn’t seemed to learn yet that his stomach definitely doesn’t like it at all… ^^;)

  9. R Zhao
    R Zhao August 31, 2014 at 6:21 pm | | Reply

    It’s funny, as it has happened with my husband, although we seemed to have “switched” taste buds over the years. He used to hate spicy while I loved it. Now I can tolerate it but he can scarf down hot peppers, wasabi, etc. same thing more or less happened with sugar–he didn’t much care for it before and now he guzzles coke while I turn my nose up at the stuff.

  10. Angelica
    Angelica September 16, 2014 at 4:26 am | | Reply

    My ex is Korean too ~~~
    那么巧 o(∩_∩)o 哈哈

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