Korean Sausage (Soondae)

This past Wednesday night I bought dinner at the Lotte on Wisteria Drive, in Germantown. My habit is to get a meat dish, usually “Spiced Pork,” and bibimbap, for the vegetables.

For some reason, I was feeling daring that night. Instead of the Spiced Pork, I thought I’d try the “Korean Style Sausage.” It looked exactly like this, and came with a sort of seasoned salt, as well as a dipping sauce that had what looked like little shrimp floating in it. The sausage wasn’t bad, although I think using both the seasoned salt and the dipping sauce made it a little too salty.

The next day, out of curiousity, I Googled “Korean Sausage,” and found out exactly what was in soondae. I then found myself curiously less enthusiastic about eating it! My thought chain started darting from peristaltic waves of ropes of intestines, to chyme, to the Crypts of Lieberkühn, and then it was all over. I had lost my appetite.

YouTube video of jejunal peristaltic waves

It’s funny how cognition can color the sense of taste. Almost like synesthesia (okay, not quite).

I surrendered and tossed the remaining sausage. Then I went back to Lotte and bought spiced pork to go with the remaining bibimbap.

It’s true what they say about sausage: you don’t want to know how it’s made.

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