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Vegetarian Restaurants in Korea
February 14, 2006
While it may not be obvious at a glance, meat is everywhere in Korean
cuisine. From the tiny shrimps in ``kimchi'' to the ground beef lacing
your ``pipimbap (rice mixed with vegetables),'' purely vegetarian
dishes and restaurants are few and far between.
For vegetarian and vegan foreigners arriving here for the first time,
this may initially come as a surprise. Later it is simply a
Fortunately, however, an American expat has begun an initiative that
should make it a little easier for English-speaking vegetarians to
find their next spot to graze.
Sonia Knapp, who first came to South Korea to teach English in 1998,
set up a Web site last October indexing some 100 vegetarian
restaurants and organic shops scattered around South Korea.
The site she eventually built -
remains fairly basic, but Knapp hopes to add more information and
features in the future. She welcomes any assistance from Web designers
or enthusiastic vegetarians to improve the homepage.
Ultimately, she would like to form a non-profit organization around
the site that could set up informational displays about vegetarianism
at festivals and sponsor educational trips to organic farms, she said.
Knapp said she first decided to become a vegetarian because of her
love for animals. The header on her Web site reads: ``Animals are our
friends. Don't eat our friends.'' She was also influenced by reading
``Charlotte's Web,'' E. B. White's popular children's book about a
barn spider who tries to save a pig from the slaughter.
full story: http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/02/14/1374038.htm