This is all about my EPIK teaching adventures in Korea!
Since the food culture here is so different, you can bet that I’ll be posting a lot of food pictures. Some because of their deliciousness…. and others…. well, so you can laugh at the things I’ve eaten unknowingly.
Picture #1 is simply a result of not having good food during out orientation and then having a massive feast given to us as a “farewell dinner”. Enough said.
Pictures 2 and 3. My friends and I went to a chicken restaurant in the first couple days we were here. Chicken seemed like a very safe and easy thing to order, especially when there were pictures on the menu. This is apparently not the case. We chewed, and chewed, and chewed some more… “why is this chicken so damn chewy!!”. We took a picture of the writing on the menu and sent it to a Korean friend of ours. He laughed, told us not to eat it, then informed us it was actually chicken feet. Awesome.
Pictures 4,5,6 is our first attempt at finding a nice place for dinner. We walked up and down thestreets near Scott’s apartment (STARVING) and finally walked into a busy place with ventilationpipes everywhere. We figured if it was busy, it must be eatable. The menu was completely in Korean so they sent over the waiter who spoke a little bit of English. We said we only speak English, and asked what he recommended. He chose a bunch of things off the menu and walked away. This is always the scariest and most mysterious part of eating out. What the hell is he going to bring to our table. I just pray its filling and tastes good. I don’t even care what it is, really. We were very happy with this night’s outcome. We were given 3 different types of sausages to cut up and BBQ on the grill, as well as 3 massive servings of “pork belly”, which is a thicker, smaller cut of bacon basically. DELICIOUS! It cost us around ₩30 000, ₩15 000 each. This night of ordering random things off a menu really paid off…. however, this isn’t always the case.
Picture 7, we said “screw it” and ordered Domino’s pizza. Every pizza comes with a side of pickles… I don’t get it. Koreans open their mouth in surprise when we tell them in Canada, we don’t eat pizza with a side of pickles. Domino’s probably won’t be a frequent dinner, as it cost usaround ₩17 000. When you can get food here for as cheap as ₩1000, Dominos seems like a bit of a stretch.
Picture 8 is at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop inside the Home Plus (like a smaller Walmart). They always have such cute designs.
Picture 9 is an interesting one. My co-teacher gave me a hand full of these babies. Candied squid. Apparently it’s a tasty snack. I have yet to work up the courage to try one. I’ll keep you posted on that one. They are in every convenience store for around ₩1000