Some of you may not know, but I am half Korean. My mom is South Korean and my dad was white. My mom lived in Seoul, Korea for a large portion of her life. She speaks fluent Korean of course and I was raised on all different kinds of Korean dishes. When I was living in Chicago I was also surrounded by so many different cultures and eating so many different dishes. That’s one of the many things I miss about Chicago.
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I am living in St Louis now, and the cultural diversity isn’t as widespread. I am trying to bring back my Korean culture and even mix in other cultures as well. I’ve decided testing out different dishes from other countries will be a new hobby of mine. I’m not sure if I want to get as crazy and try absolutely everything like Andrew Zimmern from Travel Channels Bizzare Foods, but pretty dang close.
Recently I visited my local Korean grocery store that I would always go to when we first moved back to St. Louis. Looking around at all the different foods really brought back memories from my childhood. I was raised on eating rice and noodles as a main dish every day. Everything I ate was spicy. One of my favorite things about Asian cultures is the added side bowls in all of your meals. Whenever I go to a Korean restaurant they bring out my entree, and also about 10 side bowls filled with different things like kimchi and other amazing items. I am actually going to a Korean restaurant this weekend so I am very excited about that. I will take some pictures and show them on my Instagram as well.
Since visiting this local Korean grocery store, it has also inspired me to start learning Korean. I want to be able to greet and say thank you for confidence in the Korean language. For some reason, my mom never taught me Korean. It still bewilders me to this day.
Have you learned a language through an online course? I am debating on either taking a class or learning online. If you have any information please let me know.
All I am telling you is don’t be picky. I know many people who say they would never eat a certain food and end up eating it on a regular basis. You’d be surprised by what your taste buds like. Try something new and get creative. Look up a healthy recipe online that isn’t what you’re used to. Try something spontaneous! Be crazy =D
What is your favorite ethnic dish? Can you share a recipe that you really enjoy?
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