People Take Stinky Lunches to Work For National ‘Take Your Ethnic Food To Work Day’

A variety of weird-looking odorous meals were brought to some offices in the United States on Monday for some gastronomical surprises as employees with ethnic origins took part in this year’s National Take Your Ethnic Food To Work Day. Not for those with a weak stomach or sensitive sense of smell, these stinky yet delicious foods can be specially unifying when shared between cultures.  

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According to the organizers’ website, the National Food To Work Foundation was created by the American Fish Sauce Cooperative, the Korean Kimchi Cultural Foundation of America, and the Norwegian Council of Lutefisk Manufacturers in 1998 to “encourage intercultural exchange and communication.”

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Be it the deceptively chocolatey-looking dinuguan (pig blood stew), stinky tofu, dried fish, curry, kimchi, or the staple Asian fish sauce, the day has come to celebrate these dishes and share them with co-workers.

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Comedian and YouTuber Jenny Yang shared one such celebration of ethnic tastes via a visit to the office of Long Life Insurance back in 2014, where employees enjoyed a feast of smelly meals.   

Using the hashtag #foodtowork, social media users shared their own Food To Work Day experiences:

“Made with real durian” for #foodtowork

A photo posted by Doris Truong (@doristruong) on

What smelly ethnic food would you bring to your office?

Top Image via Star5112

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