Sunday, November 18, 2007


A couple of days after Korean Thanksgiving the remains of the frenzy of gift buying were in evidence, even at one of our local mini-marts. I suppose in a culture like this one, where eating is often so central to family functions, it's no surprise that readily-packaged food would be available to purchase. But while a box of tuna might seem somewhat mundane, it was the Spam that really caught my attention. Maybe there's a difference in perception between Korea and my country, where I'm afraid Spam is seen as something of a lowest-common denominator type of meat. Evidently, not here. But even so, I'm not sure I could ever bring myself to give the gift of Spam.

Korean tags: 추석, 휴가, 음식, 선물

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Spam's popularity goes back to the Korean War. There's a popular "army soup" (budae Jigae 부대찌개) that includes spam as an ingredient.

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