Eating out in Seoul is a true delight, and a real treat for us since we’ve given up completely on eating out in Ulsan, the land of endless greasy Korean barbeque and fried chicken joints.
Our diets have changed completely since moving to Korea, due to a combination of factors, including price and availability of certain foods, and my outlook on the food industry has changed a lot since moving here. Korea is a country OBSESSED with meat. You can’t walk down a street without coming across posters depicting piles of raw beef and fatty strips of pork. And, as you’d expect in a country where the consumption of dog and whale meat is still very prevalent, there really isn’t much in the way of animal welfare, or the humane treatment of animals. Consequently, I’ve pretty much stopped eating meat and animal products entirely since moving here. The only animal products I still consume are organic honey and sustainably wild-caught sardines, which I have shipped over from the US.
Eoin’s still a meat-eater, though he only buys Australian beef, as we’ve both been disconcerted by the fact that even though beef seems to be the staple of the modern Korean diet, we haven’t seen a single cow in any of the stretches of farmland we’ve driven past. I’ve actually only seen two cows in Korea, harnessed into the back of a flatbed pick-up truck…
Thankfully, we were spoiled for choice with delicious vegan options in Seoul!