Hi you two love birds ^^ I’m curious about something. I live vegan, I guess you know what that means, so I was curious how Korean guys see all this. I’m always imagining that Koreans (man or women) wouldn’t want to be with a vegetarian or vegan person, since they/we don’t prepare meals with animal parts and Korean BBQ is such a bonding thing and so on. So, do you think that such a relationship is even possible?
Now, despite many different definitions one may come across, in general vegans have a more strict diet than vegetarians and exclude such products as eggs, milk, honey and any foods derived from animals. Vegetarians can be more lax, and some even eat fish.
While most Korean side dishes don’t contain meat nor fish they do usually contain fish stock and other animal byproducts. So that may be a problem for you.
Still, awareness of vegetarian lifestyle is spreading throughout Korea. Some high schools are starting to serve vegetarian meals, number of restaurants serving vegetarian food is steadily growing, and cooking classes that teach how to prepare temple food are becoming increasingly popular. The temple food which is prepared in Korean Buddhist temples traditionally contains no meat and is prepared from natural ingredients.
Of course, that influences living in Korea, and not so much the intimate relationship between two people. We both believe you can form relationships with Koreans being vegetarian or vegan. However, interesting comments have further been added by an Anonymous reader and our asker Marina T.:
Well, I personally believe that one’s diet preference is not important in the relationship even though we Korean males really love BBQ and other meat stuffs. Also, there already are lots of vegetarian people (both males and females) who are in relationship in South Korea. There are various vegetarian dishes in Korea because Korean diet culture originates from agricultural vegetarian diet. So, I believe they can live without eating meat.
Marina T. 真理菜 (@Mandarince) says:
Thank you anon for your reply ^^ So you think the diet preference is not important? hmmm, I am not sure what to think actually, I guess I will know once I’ll come in this situation.
Anyway, I’ve actually discovered a site from a vegan Korean couple with vegan Korean dishes and I love the food.
But what do you mean with “…they can live without meat”? Do you mean the guy would actually turn vegetarian or vegan? I’m really curious.
Sure, people in relationships do change and influence each other. But actually going into a relationship with preconceived notion that you’re going to “fix” your partner has a big chance of not ending well. If you’re entering a relationship with meat-eater you have to be certain that you can accept that he will probably stay meat-eater for the rest of his life and that you won’t resent him.
Then, without actively trying to change him or guilt him into it, just live your life and show him what and why you believe, and only then he may grow to like your way and accept it. Or not.
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