I had my first Korean-bbq-in-Korea experience today. Two servings of 삼겹살 (samgyeopsal: three-layered pork belly). This was somewhere in Bupyeong.
We ordered two servings (₩ 20,000), for two people. Restaurants here pretty much require a minimum order of two servings. Also ordered a little container of rice for ₩ 1000. Everything else was complimentary, as always: all the banchan, a claypot of soup, a claypot of steamed egg casserole.
Saw this on a shirt today, on the subway. I wish I had taken a picture but I didn’t want to seem creepy.
Now I’m horribly sleepy because my neighbors (and the entire neighborhood, for that matter…) were yelling at the South Korea game last night, from 4 am to around 6.
I know South Korea scored twice because there were two extra loud yells.
This morning, while walking to work at a bit past 8 am… suddenly, every building around me (even the elementary school!?) erupted in loud yells. EVERY BUILDING. I froze mid-step.
Turns out, it was South Korea’s opening World Cup match. South Korea vs Russia. The elementary school kids were in top form. For a moment, I thought they were doing some sort of cheerleading team practice, because it sounded like an entire classroom (or more) were chanting something in perfect sync. I think they were chanting a standard “go Korea!” routine.
I asked around, and found out that the kids were allowed to go to school early that day, so that they could watch the whole game. Their first class is at 9 am, and the game started at 7 am. This morning, I remember seeing a handful of kids walking to school at 7 am today. I remember thinking to myself: DAMN, these kids start school early.
When I arrived at work, I was given a celebratory melon milk. It’s … an acquired taste.
Tomorrow, my entire family (that’s 3 of us) will be in different countries! My mother will be in the US, my father in Malaysia, and I’m here in South Korea.
Finally! After three months! Now I only have to pay tax in South Korea, instead of BOTH South Korea and ‘Murica!
It’s amazing, by the way. Perfectly crisp on the outside, nice and juicy on the inside. Not that I’m a fried chicken connoisseur or anything, but I do think it’s amazing. This was by Hongdae station,exit 9 … somewhere downstairs.