I’m not sure what it is about Korean food. I can’t even say that it is unbelievably delicious.
But I just love it. Perhaps my time in Korea made the country a home-away-from home for us.
Fortunately, here in China, we are able to find a lot of Korean food.
We have not even found a cheap local Chinese food store. You know the ones we had in Dongying thats served simple meals, or even just Boazi. Those were helpful for days when you just wanted a quick and easy meal to take home.
Life in Qingdao is definitely more developed (and expensive), and we do miss Korean food,
so having access to it here is a blessing.
In our complex is a Korean store selling almost all of the basics that you would need to make any Korean dish that you want. A big plus is that they have a kitchen too, and a decent list from which to order. We mainly order the same couple of things, but we will soon broaden that.
It is interesting calling the store and having to talk in Chinese, however needing to say the dishes in Korean. Thankfully the store delivers so we never really have to leave the house when we feel like some Korean food. In the past couple weeks, the store has built a wooden deck outside the store. They also added tables and chairs, so now it is really beginning to have what we call the “GS 25 feel” to it. It was an past-time favorite for us… chilly outside a GS25 (convenience store), drinking so beers, eating some snacks, and watching the people go by.
Nom nom nom…
(Look at Chara’s reflection in the mirror, haha, “Pleeease give me some!”).
Dried Squid… I could eat bags of this stuff!
Spicy Ramyan Noodles
The grocery store nearby also has Korean foods in their foreign aisle.
As you can see from the
thrilled obviously-bored look on Justin’s face, he is NOT as impressed by us finding ANOTHER Korean section. He likes that we find these things, but he doesn’t match my enthusiasm. Perhaps this is why he nicknamed me “Kimchi-Bokkiebap” (a Korean/ South African mix of words).
Korean Take-Out and movies at home.
Soju at a random 7 Eleven.
And the best of all…
We found a Korean counter in the grocery store that is inside our complex, so now we stop there and pick up a container of kimchi every week. I know that I am weirdo because I wake up in the morning, walk to the fridge, and start eating kimchi with chopsticks. Could I have been born into the wrong culture?! At least snacking on fermented cabbage won’t pack on the pounds, like bread would (my favourite past-time snack).
I still want to adopt a Korean baby!
And at least I know that I will be able to keep feeding them the right foods!
Wherever we lived I would HAVE TO find Kimchi
…for the baby, of course!