Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Need a snack?

YOU live in Seoul, Korea and don't have time to stop off at one of the market areas...

So, you decide to go to your local grocery store and you look around..

and you see it.. SOME 'canned' SNACKS..


Yes, it is a can of 'silk larvae'.. and you can buy the same thing in the markets and around the city.. but, they are freshly steamed in the markets. This is a VERY COMMON snack.. about as common as you'd see hotdogs or french fries for sale in the states.

What's that? Did you ask what did the steaming silk larvae smell like?

Well, it's a smell that I've never actually smelled .. but, It reminds me of what 'boiled' dirty, nasty, sweaty, gym socks would smell like.. but, much, much worse.

And, yes.. I did sneak a photo op in the local grocery store.. no one was around, and I was quick... but, then again.. I figure if someone sees me.. that I'm just 'entertainment' for them.. just doing my part. :D

5 comments:

Rebecca Jo said...

So you said what they smelled like - did you taste them? I'd have to be interested in that if they're everywhere. Hold your nose & give it a go!

sweetp said...

ewwwwwwwwwwww! Well I suppose they eat snails in France....

Really enjoying all your cultural 'discoveries', I am still giggling about the icecream and toast :)

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

Oh, no.. I will live my entire life w/out ever tasting them. I've not been tempted to do so.. in any of the 3 times that I've lived here (3 years total each time).. I do know that others have been 'stupid' enough to 'try them'.. over the years..

I mean seriously.. is the smell not a BIG, BIG, CLUE??? AND.. they spit them out.. if possible.. (it's such a horrible taste.. that they aren't in control of the spitting reflex anymore)

Nathalie said...

Oh my...that's pretty gross! Of course, I hail from the tiny town in the south famous for its Chitlin Jamboree. You should smell THOSE things cooking! It's disgusting!

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

You can smell the steaming silk worms 'long' before you see them.. I really need to take an actual photo of a big pot of them.. if I can get the courage to get that close to them.. :D