Other than the price of food here, avoiding pork and pork products in food has been a big issue for me. Pork is a pretty common meat here because it is cheaper than beef. It is also really common to use pork flavoring in food that you wouldn’t think has a pork product in it!
Thankfully, the teachers at my school are really nice and gave me information on a little card that I can carry with me to check the ingredients on things I buy at the store. I thought it might be useful so I’ll pass it along here. 🙂
Here are the things to look out for:
- Pork: [豚肉, ぶたにく, ポーク] pronounced “buta niku“
- Gelatin: [ゼラチン] pronounced “zerachin“
- Lard: [ラード, 豚脂] pronounced “raado“
- Mixed Oil: [混合油] pronounced “kongou yushi“
- Pork Extract: [ポークエキス, ぶたにくエキス] pronounced “pooku ekisu“
It has been pretty easy with my handy card. The only wild card is bread, because many of the bread products here have gelatin in them, which I didn’t even think of! I just have to be extra careful when I’m shopping.