Korea Fact No.18: Korea loves SPAM

South Korea has become the largest consumer of Spam outside the United States, according to the local producer. 

By CHOE SANG-HUN January 26, 2014
SEOUL, South Korea — As the Lunar New Year holiday approaches, Seoul’s increasingly well-heeled residents are scouring store shelves for tastefully wrapped boxes of culinary specialties. Among their favorite choices: imported wines, choice cuts of beef, rare herbal teas. And Spam.

Yes, Spam. In the United States, the gelatinous meat product in the familiar blue and yellow cans has held a place as thrifty pantry staple, culinary joke and kitschy fare for hipsters without ever losing its low-rent reputation. But in economically vibrant South Korea, the pink bricks of pork shoulder and ham have taken on a bit of glamour as they have worked their way into people’s affections.

One of the SPAM knockoffs that flooded the market.

“Here, Spam is a classy gift you can give to people you care about during the holiday,” said Im So-ra, a saleswoman at the high-end Lotte Department Store in downtown Seoul who proudly displayed stylish boxes with cans of Spam nestled inside. More …

The complete article about Korea and Spam
“In South Korea, Spam Is the Stuff Gifts Are Made Of”, by CHOE SANG-HUN January 26, 2014, NY Times.com


2 thoughts on “Korea Fact No.18: Korea loves SPAM

  1. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in
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  2. muchos corupcion en los juegos ..los koreanos tienen miedo y aun no saben que es fearplay .que tiriste…la verdad de lejo parece muy bueno y gente educado pero ojo son capaz de todo para superar te y no dejarte mejorar y … puedes informarte sobre este esunto no en paginas oficiales de korea sino de japon y francia y usa y oriente medio ..

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