Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Friday, September 16, 2011


When waegs first come to Korea, they love to learn everything there is to know about Korea and its 5000 years of history.  Most come over for only a year or ten, but the first few months living in country are about exploration, learning and making friends.

But as any long term expat in any country will attest, eventually you start to miss some things from back home.  Generally these longings can be abetted by buying overpriced imported food.

Now, the neophyte may be tempted to buy Korean made 'western' foods; those chips do look good, and that spaghetti sauce draws rumbles whenever you walk by it at Emart.  But neophyte beware!  Do not purchase these products unless eating refined sugar straight from the bag is your kind of thing. 

I'm not sure how Korean manufacturers came to the idea that 'western' food in general is so sweet.  Sure, cookies or chocolate snacks back home often will send those less used to a high sugar diet into a sugar high lasting days, but in fact most western food like Korean food often contains piles of salt.  Why is it that snack foods such as choco pie or cheese taste like plastic, while things like salad dressing, Kpop groups, or soups generally contain half a kilo of sugar?

My advice for the neophyte is to spend the extra one or two chonners and buy the imported stuff.  Your taste buds will thank you.


Jake @ expatHELL said...

Mustard, I just want normal mustard. Why do I have to go all the way to Costco to get mustard that doesn't have sugar in it? And normal pickles too. I'd kill for some normal pickles.

F5Waeg said...

The dark days of the mustard crisis of 2011 are still fresh in my memory, when I went to near every grocery store in the Wonj looking for plain yellow mustard. I have 5 squeeze bottles of the stuff now, life is good.

Anonymous said...

"I'm not sure how Korean manufacturers came to the idea that 'western' food in general is so sweet."

uh, they did market research and focus groups and discovered that Koreans prefer it sweet?

just sayin'

F5Waeg said...

so if you want a good ketchup or spaghetti sauce, don't buy the Korean varieties.

just sayin'

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