Thursday, June 19, 2008

Smellcome to Korea.

Kimchi, Korea's flagship traditional food

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” ~Rudyard Kipling

But really, do I want to? Korea has a special smell (in most places) that I think even NYC has a hard time rivaling. In addition to the urine and human waste, there's of course, all the fermentation going on, all the waste of fermented food, and the cooking of fermented foods, and I don't know what else, but Korea has a strange smell. And actually, I think maybe Kipling was right. After smelling Korea, you get it. It's weird, strong, and stubbornly won't leave you alone.

Dwen-jang (soybean paste)

Inside the box: smells exactly like you think it would but worse

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