This blog presents a visual archive of the school lunches eaten by a non-Korean English teacher in Daegu, South Korea.

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Clockwise from top left: seokbakji (pickled radish, thickly sliced); baked potato wedges sprinkled with parsley and parmesan powder and half a tomato; stir-fried seafood udon; samgyetang; rice with mixed grains.

One of my students told me that seokbakji is a “new paradigm of kkakdugi,” but my Korean co-workers and I think that it’s more likely that kkakdugi is a new paradigm of seokbakji.

석박지, 웨지감자, 토마토, 해물볶음우동, 삼계탕, 잡곡밥.

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Clockwise from top left: kimchi; peanut ssamjang and five-spice boiled pork; lettuce, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts and cherry tomatoes in honey mustard dressing; chard and potato soup; chlorella rice and raw perilla leaves.

배추김치, 땅콩쌈장, 오향장육, 베이비채소샐러드, 근대감자국, 클로렐라밥, 깻잎.

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Clockwise from top left: hamburger nugget in vegetable sauce; seafood pancake; kimchi; daikon and other vegetables in perilla broth; rice with mixed grains and strawberries.

I could have taken more than one hamburger nugget, but I only wanted one.

쇠고기찹스테이크, 해물파전, 배추김치, 들깨무채국, 잡곡밥, 딸기

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Clockwise from top left: soy sauce, sesame seeds, chopped scallion; fried chicken with lightly pickled scallion; tiramisu Denmark Yogurt; cheonggukjang; fried rice with bean sprouts, shredded seaweed and kimchi.

Cucumber and Chinese bellflower pickled in a spicy sauce was available, but I didn’t take any. Some days I just don’t want so much red food.

콩나물밥/소스, 청국장찌개, 파닭, 배추김치, 덴마크요구르트

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Clockwise from top left: brownie; baked chicken with honey-mustard sauce and sweet potato mat tang (caramel and black sesame sauce); pickled radish; egg and scallion soup; curry rice.

브라우니, 베이커드치킨, 고구마맛탕, 깍두기, 달걀파국, 카레라이스

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Clockwise from top left: cheese buldak (a mixture of gochujang, chicken chunks and joraengi tteok baked under a thick blanket of cheese food); young pumpkin and shrimp pancake; kimchi; yukgaejang; sorghum and white and brown rice.

치즈불닭, 애호박새우살전, 배추김치, 육개장, 현미수수밥

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2ndadolescence:

goawaywithjae:

mykoreanschoollunch:

This is the final lunch that I ate at my previous school. Clockwise from top left: kimchi and ssamjang (a mixture of fermented soybean paste and red-pepper paste); raw perilla leaves; raw green pepper; sauteed duck and onions; fermented soybean paste soup containing greens and tofu; white and purple rice.

전 학교에서 마지막 먹은 점심: 김치, 쌈장, 깻잎, 고추, 오리야채볶음, 된장국, 밥

Is this what the serve the children as well, or just the teachers?

Anyhow…Wishing this was what I ate when I went to school… Wishing this was what I ate every day at lunch, actually! 

Did you work at an all-girl, co-ed, or all-boy school?  My school is all-boy (high school), and our school lunches never have this much balance.  It’s mostly heavy meat side dishes with rice and kimchi - rarely other veggies.  This looks decidedly more awesome.  (I started bringing my own 도시락, because the school food, although delicious, was making me gain weight :-/)

This was from an all-girls school, which had also been designated a “green food zone.” At first I thought that the green-food zone designation would be mostly symbolic, but anecdotal evidence suggests that green-food schools actually do get healthier food. When I worked at a boys school, the lunches were heavy on the 부대찌개, which we ate about once a week.

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goawaywithjae:

mykoreanschoollunch:

This is the final lunch that I ate at my previous school. Clockwise from top left: kimchi and ssamjang (a mixture of fermented soybean paste and red-pepper paste); raw perilla leaves; raw green pepper; sauteed duck and onions; fermented soybean paste soup containing greens and tofu; white and purple rice.

전 학교에서 마지막 먹은 점심: 김치, 쌈장, 깻잎, 고추, 오리야채볶음, 된장국, 밥

Is this what the serve the children as well, or just the teachers?

Anyhow…Wishing this was what I ate when I went to school… Wishing this was what I ate every day at lunch, actually! 

This was for both teachers and students at a girls high school. In my experience, Korean schools usually serve the same food to students and employees. I’m going to start posting pictures of my current school’s lunches, which are vastly inferior to my previous school’s.

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This is the final lunch that I ate at my previous school. Clockwise from top left: kimchi and ssamjang (a mixture of fermented soybean paste and red-pepper paste); raw perilla leaves; raw green pepper; sauteed duck and onions; fermented soybean paste soup containing greens and tofu; white and purple rice.

전 학교에서 마지막 먹은 점심: 김치, 쌈장, 깻잎, 고추, 오리야채볶음, 된장국, 밥