I never ate school food when I was a student in America. It was mostly cold french fries and greasy pizza with the occasional vegetable dish, maybe a tiny pile of creamed corn. I brought my own lunch, not because I was a snob…well, I was probably more pretentious than I like to admit. None of it looked appetizing to me and I brought my own boring turkey sandwich.
I realized I never took a single picture of the school lunch when I worked at Korean public schools. I know it might be interesting to some people but most day-to-day occurrences are forgotten when you talk to friends and family because you forget you ever ate anything different for lunch after a while. I actually enjoyed eating public school lunch and so far nothing at my new job has given me food poisoning.
I took some pictures of the teacher lunch. The students that are here for kindergarten classes during the day eat something else.
- We have pears in the top left corner
- Right next to that is some artificial crab, cucumber, and carrot salad
- Next is acorn jelly (it tastes better than it sounds) and zucchini
- The last food on the top row is fish cooked in a spicy red pepper sauce with some carrots.
- Right below that is bean sprout soup, not my favorite but I will eat it without complaint
- Plain white rice-I figured rice is self-explanatory
- The white, almost opaque looking things are radishes, which I love!
- The meat is roasted duck I think…it tasted like duck to me
- Apples are in the top left corner
- The round patties kind of taste like meat loaf, except they are pan fried
- Right next to the patties is one of my favorite types of kimchi, cucumber kimchi
- The last food on the top row is boiled potatoes
- The soup is kimchi soup with some tofu and pork. I’m weird about my kimchi. I like it as a side dish and that’s it. I don’t like it in soup, fried rice, or Korean pancakes. I think I had four bites of the soup, it just hasn’t grown on me.
- Next to white rice are pieces of Korean pancakes called jeon “전”. You mix flour and water and whatever extra ingredients you want and fry it up like a pancake. This kind is a green onion pancake.
- The dish in the top left corner is chicken in a spicy red pepper sauce
- Next to that are some strawberries, can’t go wrong there
- Next is cucumber kimchi
- The last food on the top row is some mini hot dogs, mushrooms, onions, and carrots in a light curry sauce
- Instead of soup, we have fish cakes. I am all about the fish cakes. I would have grabbed more if there was extra room in my bowl. Fish cakes are also a popular street food in Korea
- Next to the rice is some seaweed, which always makes boring white rice exciting.
Overall, the lunches here have been nutritious and tasty. The only thing I haven’t liked is the kimchi soup, I just can’t bring myself to like watery, fermented cabbage broth.