I hate to break it to you Americans. Your food obsessions (Veganism, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Milk Free, etc, etc) are not going to make you any healthier than eating REAL food! Korea has really opened my eyes to all the delusional food wars that go on in America. I actually joke that Americans may move to Asian countries just to eat some meat in the future. Americans can make a healthy shift by visiting their local Asian supermarkets though. Creating an indoor home garden is also important! Moderation is key with all foods though.
It's always about balance.
I'll update if I come across any new favorites. You can research all of these items below...
* I'm actually writing this blog after eating two slices of convenience store "Morning Milk Toast" with olive oil on top. I caught myself in the moment wondering how this bread is so fluffy and fresh after atleast a week! Bananas will give you anxiety after a few days unless you freeze them for banana ice cream or smoothies. This milk toast is on another level of Asian-style bread magic! This is the bread to feed your soul! So many people haven't built up a lactase/lactose and gluten tolerance enough. Start small with homemade Asian-style breads. :)
* Jeju Tangerine Juice is simply addicting. You can make your own with all the tangerine picking experiences in Jeju. Either way, it's all goodness!
* Soybean Paste Stew can be spicy if you don't take out some of the peppers aka take out some of the peppers! lol It's a healthy bowl of veggie goodness. You can add fish, chicken, or beef to hang out with the tofu if you'd like. Enjoy it with some short grain white rice for a healthy meal. You can throw some olive oil over the white rice if you'd like. The olive oil's plastic pour bottles at the convenience store have many other uses as well (moisturizer, sugar scrubs, etc)
* Eggs shouldn't sound like a big deal. The fact that I didn't eat eggs in America makes it a big deal though. I didn't even like the taste of eggs for the longest time! It may have just been the annoyance of having to constantly worry about the egg being free range, cage free, and lord knows how many other labels you need to check. Now I'm eating scrambled egg whites every morning without worrying about where the chicken lived and if it had a family. Get some REAL eggs in your life if you can aka a pet chicken.
* Chicken...ooh Korean Fried Chicken! Anything in the frozen food section that involves red chicken is good. Heat it up on the stove for the best experience. Enjoy it with some cooked rice and olive oil. You can also order from any of the chicken and beer restaurants.
* Pork Cutlets have a great crunch. It's great with rice! I've only had the Jeju black pork cutlet so far. I don't know if there is a difference in taste between Jeju black pigs and typical pink pigs??? I'm sure it all tastes like roaming farm piggies though.
* Korean Sushi Rolls/Gimbap/Kimbap are a great little meal. If you take a multivitamin with iodine or other foods that contain iodine (garlic, etc), just take the seaweed off to avoid headaches. It then becomes a rice roll. It's still delicious due to the meat, veggies, kimchi, etc.
* All Asian Teas are worth looking into, esp Korean teas. I personally didn't know that Korea had so many unique teas! Japan and China usually get the most attention for teas. There are so many teas to try throughout Asia though. Bottled Raison tea, Hibiscus tea blend, Peach tea, and Green tea are my favorites so far. The great health benefits won me over as well! Just make sure to recycle all of those bottles when you can! :)