Patbingsu and barbecue chicken

I decided to try store-bought patbingsu. I have yet to try the fresh stuff, but I’ll get around to that soon enough, I’m sure. Summer days are pretty humid here. Iced ANYTHING is great.

Ice creams are ridiculously cheap. The shop near me sells popsicles (both juices and ice cream) for 250 won, and cones for 950 won. Patbingsu was 750 won, even though it was listed as 950. AND the retail price on the package says 2000 won.

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The spoon is hidden under the lid.

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Peel back the top, and there’s this frozen thing. I ran it through the microwave for 20 seconds.

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And then crushed it up with that tiny spoon! It was pretty basic: milky ice, four (count ’em!) pieces of sweet rice cakes, and red beans. You can add all sorts of other things, of course: sprinkles, fruit, chocolate, Pepero, jelly candies …

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I also found a cheap(ish) rotisserie chicken near my apartment. It’s a family-run hole in the wall, closed on Sundays! 8000 won for a “barbecue” chicken … as opposed to an order of fried chicken pretty much anywhere else for 16,000 won. For me, barbecue chicken means grilled and slathered with barbecue sauce. But when you think of it, rotisserie chicken = barbecue chicken …?

The cavity was stuffed with a couple of garlic cloves, and glutinous rice. AWESOME! It comes with the usual complimentary radish pickles. And sauces: sweet mustard sauce, a mix of salt and pepper, and a horseradish/soy sauce mix.

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The all-day brunch spot

Around 6 pm, I met up at an Arts Center dessert cafe/all-day brunch spot, with my two friends. Sandwiches, smoothies, and pancakes!

I ordered the “Forbidden Fruit” drink, whatever that was. It was yellow and tasted fruity. (Yeah… I don’t have a future as a food critic.)

These were some of the cakes, which we didn’t allow ourselves to have. :)

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Shoes on sale at Red Eye, an accessories store:


Ice cream time

icecreamsReally hot and humid day today. I went to the nearby mart to buy a load of ice creams, and they were dangerously cheap. The ice cream bars are 360 won each, and the cones are 990 won. I’m excited and worried about the French Cheese cone.

The Palpico on the far right is just a chocolate ice. I’m not a fan of ices, and that’s been in my freezer forever — need to throw it out.

Sat night in Bupyeong

The area around the Bupyeong Station and Arts Center Station are the “happening” places in my corner of Korea. There’s a few foreigner bars in the area, and tonight’s pick was Shelter! It only had about 10 people at its peak, because another bar (O’Malley’s) was having a 4th of July party (yes, on the 5th. technically it’s the 4th in ‘Murica).

The rap party special!! There was a bunch of Snoop Dogg etc music playing, and a few drunk people playing darts in the corner, and two Korean girls trying out their drunk English on a white guy.



Bartender/owner, whose name I totally forgot because I had too many Somersby ciders. 6000 won each.



The well vodka is, uh, just like back home.


samgyeopsalI 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.


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.