Ask A Korean: Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance as racist bias…

Milky Way

Milky Way

or what some colored people really experience.

I used to think I just had lactose intolerance, but I recently found out I might be a victim of racial intolerance!  This is the stuff you can find on the net––posts about how the term ‘lactose intolerant’ is code for the colored people in our midst.

Good Vanilla

Good Vanilla

Sure, white people have no problem with dairy products yet wouldn’t you know it those colored people can’t even digest a glass of milk.  What nerve!

A nutty meg

A nutty meg

But I cannot tell a lie, drinking milk makes me tres farty and gives my belly an ache.

Pudding is

Pudding is

This doesn’t stop me from eating cheese and Greek yogurt; I bake with butter; drink my coffee with half and half.

You're all set

You’re all set

And I happen to love rice pudding, which by the way calls for a lot of milk to make. The milk to rice ratio by cup is something like 3 to 1/2.

What's for breakfast

What’s for breakfast

As a dairy challenged person, I try to make the right choices, but giving up rice pudding seems extreme.  So I won’t.

Rice pudding (adapted from Mad Hungry)

The ingredients

1/4 cup raisins

2 tbls golden rum (Appleton is a good one!)

3 cups milk

1/2 cup rice jasmine or basmati rice

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp coarse salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeng, freshly grated

The steps

1. Soak raisins in rum.  Set aside.

2. Place the milk, rice, sugar, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and stir constantly.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring continuously.

3. Drain raisins and stir them into the pudding adn cook for 2 more minutes.  Rice will be al dente, but cook for a few minutes longer if you prefer it more cooked.

4. Serve the pudding hot.  Or chill the pudding by spreading it in a serving dish and cover with plastic wrap.  The wrap on the pudding will prevent the skin from forming.

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