Snack time: worms and seashells

 

Typical street food stall, Seoul (2016)

I'm a hunger eater, there are only a few things in the world I wouldn't try. So my trip to Seoul (Oct. 2016) was just what I needed. One of the most amazing sides of south korea culture is how resourceful and creative they are when it comes to food. The street markets are filled with food in different sizes, shapes, colors and smells.

Was rambling around the food markets that I witness these strange looking type of snacks. There were two big pans boiling this unusual looking food. The first one was tiny rounded brown things that smelled very strong. The second pan had seashells inside in boiling water also, but, this time, the smell was very subtle.

Food market, Seoul

The first one is called Beondegi – a delicatessen most known as silkworm pupae. The habit of eating this worm came from over 5000 years ago, when the chinese silk was discovered. Looking not to waste the silkworm left from the silk production, they incorporated the worm to their food culture. In China and Vietnam, silkworms are fried; in Korea, beondegi is seasoned and boiled (More about Beondegi, click here).

The seashells, in the second pan, were very small and you have to suck what's inside and eat. Here's a video of me trying those for the first time:

The taste wasn't so great, but the experience was priceless. I'm a naturally explorer and food will be always an incredible and pleasure discovery to me. I was fascinated to see how proud koreans are with their own culture and how much they value their own food. Moments like these are the ones that stick with me the most and makes me want to tell everybody. If you ever get to visit South Korea one day embrace everything around you and you'll have the best time ever.

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