Archive for September 2008

Probably one of the first things people talk about after a long journey abroad is the strange food cultures. Each country¬† has its own special food culture which often looks strange to the foreigners. After the discussion about the strangest food in the world in my World Literature class, I thought about the strangest food that I have ever eaten. I usually don’t try eating gross foods, so the strangest food that I ate is not that extreme as others.

The strangest food I have ever ate is……………………Bundagi(or Chrysalis)!!

Bundagi (chrysalis) soup is often sold on Korean streets


This is something all Koreans know about unless they never visited a park. Cooked Bundagis are sold on the streets usually in front some parks. When I first saw this ‘food’ I was totally grossed out that humans eat bugs. I couldn’t believe my eyes that my dad was actually eating it with great pleasure. It took me three years after that first sight at bundagi to actually try one. Quite unexpectedly, it tasted pretty good. Now I enjoy eating bundagi when I go on a picnic in a park.

It’s not just me who tried ‘strange food’ and found it quite tasty. Well if what we call ‘strange’ doens’t actually taste strange, what is the definition of ‘strange food’? After some thinking I came up with my own interpretation: A strange food is just strange because we are not familiar with it. This means that the definition of strange food is different for everyone because everyone is from different background. A horse meat may sound odd to me, but it may be a normal thing to people who live in Jeju. Thus, we shouldn’t look down on foreign cultures just because they eat food that we are unfamiliar with.



  • Alice: Very insightful. I shall take your advice :]
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