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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2600 on: November 23, 2016, 10:54:20 AM »
I've got third grade middle schoolers who still don't know how to answer, "How are you?"

A few of them don't even know the alphabet.

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« Reply #2601 on: November 23, 2016, 10:54:25 AM »
I wish the seasons would hurry up and finish transitioning.  This whole jumping back and forth between freezing cold and sweater weather every day is wrecking my sinuses, and it'd be nice to go one f*cking day without a headache.

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« Reply #2602 on: November 23, 2016, 10:59:22 AM »
Getting harder and harder to hide my disbelief when an 8th grader - presumably with at least five years of English education (or exposure if you prefer) - can't produce ANY answer for "What do you do in your free time?"

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Imagine the feeling when you have the same experience with university students...
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« Reply #2603 on: November 23, 2016, 11:11:08 AM »
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« Reply #2604 on: November 23, 2016, 11:30:10 AM »
Restaurants now DON'T recycle their food as much now as they used to.  As it has been made illegal.  Yes I know this means very little/nothing in this country. But Koreans are also against the idea of recycling food so restaurants know if they are caught they will get less costumers.

I haven't been to a restaurant that recycles its food in years.

Don't worry and ff you do see a restaurant recycling food you can report them or find another restaurant.   

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« Reply #2605 on: November 23, 2016, 11:37:58 AM »
Yeah honestly I have some friends coming to visit in the next couple months and I don't even know what I'm going to show them. I so rarely eat out because it's crap which means I've got one BBQ experience and maybe a trip to the bulgogi tents and then it's like "So I make some great hummus..." after that.  :sad:
Jimddak, Gamjatang, pajeon/hobakjeon/haemuljeon, shabu-shabu etc...

There's plenty of stuff to try out, and a lot of it isn't so shocking to Western sensibilities.

Then again, most of the folk I know aren't super picky eaters. I always pity the folk who are: by telling themselves that everything is disgusting, they're missing out on so many awesome experiences!  :undecided:

I had shabu-shabu once and I looooove it

Gamjatang is one of my favorite foods ever. Shabu shabu, dalkgalbi, chapchae, pajeon etc. are also awesome.

Near my school is this awesome lil mom and pop place that does smoked pork bulgogi-ish (sans horrendous amount of sweet sauce). I can't recall the exact name of the dish but it's literally one of the best things I've eaten in Seoul.

It took a lot of experimenting but there are a ton of little restaurants that are amazing but it took me awhile to go through all the restaurants nearby and sort wheat from chaff.

Oh and bossam. Bossam is amazing.

I will agree with whoever said samgyetang is nasty. That is one that I can't stand. (Though I'm not a big fan of the 'clear' soups in general.)

Whoa whoa back up. I didn't say samgyetang is nasty at all. Just highly overrated. It's a food that's good. It's not a culinary milestone like the Korean food promoters would have people believe.

Also, are you thinking of 불백 for the bulgogi-ish thing? Like just some fire grilled pork served with sides and rice? Love that.

I always think it's funny how what you're raised on affects how you feel about food. I grew up eating beef tongue, heart, oxtails, liver, etc. Basically every part of the cow. I also ate lots of non-Western style food, so was exposed to things like fried intestine, crab, sushi, octopus, jellyfish, etc from a young age, so it's never been 'exotic' for me. But what I didn't have growing up was frozen, processed food, like chicken nuggets or pizza pockets or whatever. Or like, cake and cookies and candy and stuff like that. So I find those things kind of unappetizing, at best, or disgusting (candy) at worst.

Lol, in that case let me ftfy, samgyetang is nasty. Problem solved :P
I have an especially deep hatred of it since it's my wife's favorite and therefore unavoidable...

And yes, 불백 is it. The place I have in mind does 보리밥 instead of regular rice which is a bonus to the meat. The couple who runs it have been there forever and there daughter is married to an American guy. They've been uber friendly every time we go there (which I did with my school the first time.) I can also throw a stone and hit it from my house which is also nice.

I'm in the opposite boat as you. My family ate a lot of chicken as a kid. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked in the oven to be exact. I can only stomach it occasionally now since I think it was overdone as a kid.

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« Reply #2606 on: November 23, 2016, 12:09:40 PM »
I'm British and even I think the food here is shit, that must be saying something.

Just how dare you Jack.  The cheek of the Roxby.  Us Brits are all over the good food.  Cornish pasties and fish and chips, and pies.  Oh, the pies.  Did you eat all the pies Jack?  Is that it?


I've become sooooo defensive about British food since living here. I will sing the praises of every single British dish to any Korean that dare tell me our food is bad. Even if, and sometimes especially if, I think that food is bad myself.

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I met a Korean guy who lived abroad in England for most of his uni experience. He came back hating the food, but then went on to say that England had achieved nothing in any area of history or culture.

According to him, the UK had done nothing of note in the world of music, art, education, literature, pop culture... nothing. He told me the UK has excelled at nothing.

I wanted to ask him if that's the case, why are your parents spending their life savings to send you there for education?

Oh and another bit of cultural wisdom from him, Busan deserves the title of "City of Light" more than any other country in the world.

This guy must have been the life and soul of the parties at uni.  I bet he was f*cking hilarious when he was stoned....


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« Reply #2607 on: November 23, 2016, 12:21:28 PM »
I've got third grade middle schoolers who still don't know how to answer, "How are you?"

A few of them don't even know the alphabet.

I have a few of those myself. :/

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« Reply #2608 on: November 23, 2016, 12:25:07 PM »
Yeah honestly I have some friends coming to visit in the next couple months and I don't even know what I'm going to show them. I so rarely eat out because it's crap which means I've got one BBQ experience and maybe a trip to the bulgogi tents and then it's like "So I make some great hummus..." after that.  :sad:
Jimddak, Gamjatang, pajeon/hobakjeon/haemuljeon, shabu-shabu etc...

There's plenty of stuff to try out, and a lot of it isn't so shocking to Western sensibilities.

Then again, most of the folk I know aren't super picky eaters. I always pity the folk who are: by telling themselves that everything is disgusting, they're missing out on so many awesome experiences!  :undecided:

yeh fussy people are the worst. big, overgrown children. The only people worse than them are fat, fussy people, who whine about the local food and so go to macdonalds. Awful slime

I'm quite a fussy eater myself because I have a weak stomach. Drinks and foods I don't like the taste of, will make me feel nausiated for hours. Seafood and eggs, if I can taste them, will make me hurl almost immediately.
I tend to dislike fussy people myself, but only if they are directing their fussiness at me.

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« Reply #2609 on: November 23, 2016, 12:29:46 PM »
Getting harder and harder to hide my disbelief when an 8th grader - presumably with at least five years of English education (or exposure if you prefer) - can't produce ANY answer for "What do you do in your free time?"

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Imagine the feeling when you have the same experience with university students...
Haha, that I believe since for I have to send them on up to you like that.  :rolleyes:

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« Reply #2610 on: November 23, 2016, 12:30:45 PM »

Jimddak, Gamjatang, pajeon/hobakjeon/haemuljeon, shabu-shabu etc...

There's plenty of stuff to try out, and a lot of it isn't so shocking to Western sensibilities.

Then again, most of the folk I know aren't super picky eaters. I always pity the folk who are: by telling themselves that everything is disgusting, they're missing out on so many awesome experiences!  :undecided:

yeh fussy people are the worst. big, overgrown children. The only people worse than them are fat, fussy people, who whine about the local food and so go to macdonalds. Awful slime

I'm quite a fussy eater myself because I have a weak stomach. Drinks and foods I don't like the taste of, will make me feel nausiated for hours. Seafood and eggs, if I can taste them, will make me hurl almost immediately.
I tend to dislike fussy people myself, but only if they are directing their fussiness at me.

There are also lots of autistic people who can't deal with certain textures, including food textures.

I always feel vaguely like barfing when I eat any kind of meat product that's chewy. I've loved the taste of mushrooms forever, but could only handle the texture in my mouth since a couple of years ago.

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« Reply #2611 on: November 23, 2016, 12:37:12 PM »
I'm actually really surprised how many people hate samgyetang.  It seems like a pretty standard US chicken noodle soup but with rice instead of noodles... and of course the chicken is whole but that's not a huge deal.  My biggest gripe with it is that it isn't served with a baguette.

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« Reply #2612 on: November 23, 2016, 12:40:42 PM »
There are also lots of autistic people who can't deal with certain textures, including food textures.

I always feel vaguely like barfing when I eat any kind of meat product that's chewy. I've loved the taste of mushrooms forever, but could only handle the texture in my mouth since a couple of years ago.
    You should check out Bonjuk: they have a huge variety of flavours to choose from (mushroom, pumpkin, seafood, beef, broccoli, random untranslatable foodstuff, bean, tomato, etc) and they all come in a porridge-like format! I grew to really appreciate it a while ago when I was spending a lot of time at the hospital. It's especially nice when it's really cold out.

Porridge is awesome.
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« Reply #2613 on: November 23, 2016, 12:41:50 PM »

Jimddak, Gamjatang, pajeon/hobakjeon/haemuljeon, shabu-shabu etc...

There's plenty of stuff to try out, and a lot of it isn't so shocking to Western sensibilities.

Then again, most of the folk I know aren't super picky eaters. I always pity the folk who are: by telling themselves that everything is disgusting, they're missing out on so many awesome experiences!  :undecided:

yeh fussy people are the worst. big, overgrown children. The only people worse than them are fat, fussy people, who whine about the local food and so go to macdonalds. Awful slime

I'm quite a fussy eater myself because I have a weak stomach. Drinks and foods I don't like the taste of, will make me feel nausiated for hours. Seafood and eggs, if I can taste them, will make me hurl almost immediately.
I tend to dislike fussy people myself, but only if they are directing their fussiness at me.

There are also lots of autistic people who can't deal with certain textures, including food textures.

I always feel vaguely like barfing when I eat any kind of meat product that's chewy. I've loved the taste of mushrooms forever, but could only handle the texture in my mouth since a couple of years ago.

Oo, I didn't know that about autistic people. I have a student with autisim in one of my classes. He is really polite but is only there about 30% of the time. He always sprints over to say hello and always wants a high five whenever he sees me too.

I've never liked the taste or texture of mushrooms myself. >.<
Last week, this man on the train tried to give me dried pumpkin as a snack. I don't speak korean, so couldn't tell him I can't eat pumpkin. He tried to force it into my mouth after I tried to say, and gesture, no thank you - and he wouldn't stop trying until I tried some, even after I put 'allergic' into my translator, just to get him to leave me alone. Almost threw up on him when it touched my tongue. >:(

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« Reply #2614 on: November 23, 2016, 12:53:50 PM »
There are also lots of autistic people who can't deal with certain textures, including food textures.

I always feel vaguely like barfing when I eat any kind of meat product that's chewy. I've loved the taste of mushrooms forever, but could only handle the texture in my mouth since a couple of years ago.
    You should check out Bonjuk: they have a huge variety of flavours to choose from (mushroom, pumpkin, seafood, beef, broccoli, random untranslatable foodstuff, bean, tomato, etc) and they all come in a porridge-like format! I grew to really appreciate it a while ago when I was spending a lot of time at the hospital. It's especially nice when it's really cold out.

Porridge is awesome.


Ayyy I lived off that stuff when I was recovering from alcohol poisoning. (Had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance and everything, and the ER doctor told my friend my stomach was probably really messed up - couldn't eat anything for several days, then lived off ddokguk and juk for about a week, very gradually working back up to "real food")

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« Reply #2615 on: November 23, 2016, 01:00:09 PM »

There are also lots of autistic people who can't deal with certain textures, including food textures.

I always feel vaguely like barfing when I eat any kind of meat product that's chewy. I've loved the taste of mushrooms forever, but could only handle the texture in my mouth since a couple of years ago.

Oo, I didn't know that about autistic people. I have a student with autisim in one of my classes. He is really polite but is only there about 30% of the time. He always sprints over to say hello and always wants a high five whenever he sees me too.

I've never liked the taste or texture of mushrooms myself. >.<
Last week, this man on the train tried to give me dried pumpkin as a snack. I don't speak korean, so couldn't tell him I can't eat pumpkin. He tried to force it into my mouth after I tried to say, and gesture, no thank you - and he wouldn't stop trying until I tried some, even after I put 'allergic' into my translator, just to get him to leave me alone. Almost threw up on him when it touched my tongue. >:(

Yeah, a really common aspect of autism is aversion to touch but also specific textures. I know a lot of autistic people who can't deal with things like bananas/tofu/yogurt. It also happens with colors.

Ughhh yeah so many Koreans have no concept even that allergies exist. One of my friends loves sushi but is like violently allergic (anaphylaxis) to tuna and salmon. Fortunately she's gyopo so she just takes extra time to REALLY EXPLAIN that her sushi ABSOLUTELY CANNOT touch any tuna or salmon. We've been fine so far.

not totally related, but I really don't like persimmons because to me they taste like raw pumpkin.

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« Reply #2616 on: November 23, 2016, 02:44:30 PM »
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« Reply #2617 on: November 23, 2016, 02:44:53 PM »
I've got third grade middle schoolers who still don't know how to answer, "How are you?"

A few of them don't even know the alphabet.

I have a few of those myself. :/

I remember I had a 3rd grade middle school boy at my ex-hagwon who never understood "How are you?" despite that I began every class by asking the students that question. He'd always look at the other students and ask them in Korean what I was asking. Needless to say, his English level was extremely low.

Regarding recycling side dishes, one of my former co-teachers used to mix the leftover side dishes together with any other leftover food we had left on the table so that the restaurant wouldn't be able to recycle them.

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« Reply #2618 on: November 23, 2016, 02:46:07 PM »
I just think it's weird to say like, "XYZ food is bad." No food is bad. Food is all good, and it's just our personal preference and background that makes us feel otherwise.

I think the original point was that for many people coming from developed nations, Korean cuisine may not be particularly palatable due to it's over reliance on cheap, fatty cuts of meat and roughage that wouldn't tradiationally be seen as an edible foodstuff. Of course if someone likes something they like it. Opinion is opinion. It's just that many opinions will be a certain way on this issue.
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« Reply #2619 on: November 23, 2016, 02:49:00 PM »
Yeah, I think it's one thing to hate something versus declaring it "not food." The latter seems kind of elitist.

Don't get me wrong, I have no inclination toward eating intestines or pigs' feet or insects or whatever. But some people/cultures love those things and consider those to be food. I will agree that such things are food but I will still probably never eat any.

I think it's good (to an extent) to try and use as much of the animal as possible, even if I personally wouldn't want to eat certain parts.

 



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