Thursday, July 24, 2008

It's All About the Food in South Korea

This was Curt's (hubby) choice on a recent shopping trip to our local Home Plus (like a U.S. Target). We have some of our best meals in the Home Plus food court. Most the choices are 5000-7000 won ($5-7 US). It's way too much for me to eat but Curt always takes up my slack. He had bibimbap with the usual sides.

I chose the above assortment because I was hungry for some shrimp. I didn't notice until Curt pointed it out that the soup had octopus in it which I don't like. I ate around the octopus and he finished the rest of the soup for me.

We also went to E Mart which again is like a Home Plus. We were looking for ink cartridges for our Korean printer. We found a hot dog shop and as we waited for our food, we noticed this sign on the wall. It reads "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!" We got a laugh out of it. I think my territory is "large" enough thank you.

The hot dog shop is what we would call in the U.S. a fast food restaurant but in South Korea even at McDonalds, everything is made to order. So it took at least 5 minutes for our hot dogs, I mean hamburgers to arrive. No ketchup and mustard here. Mine was supposedly a cheese hot dog. It did come with cheese along with some type of coleslaw, sweet pickles and a dark sweet sauce (bulgogi). It was interesting to eat and very delicious.

I also heard from the U.S. that a Dr. Fish (fish pedicure) type spa has opened in the United States. It was even on Good Morning America yesterday. I am surprised at how much it is: $35 for 15 minutes and $50 for 30 minutes. Here we pay 2000 won ($2 US). Of course, we have to purchase a 8000 won drink to accompany the Dr. Fish. I wondered about the U.S. Department of Health and Safety's perspective on it. We have seen stories about people getting nasty infections from Dr. Fish but I think they went in with an open sore or something that festered after the Dr. Fish. I had told Curt that we should open one when we return to the U.S. and I guess someone beat us to it.


Ron said...

Becky, I saw the Dr. Fish piece on Good Morning America and immediately thought of you!! I learned about first here on your blog. Thanks for being on the cutting edge of things and sharing with your readers! :o)

I read your blog faithfully and have learned so many things! Thanks!!

CreekHiker said...

Becky, that sign is part of the Prayer of Jabez from the Bible.

Bless me indeed,
Expand my territory for You,
Would that thy hand always be upon me
that I may bring pain to no one.

The territory thing was his way of asking God to increase his responsibility.

I was stunned to see Dr. Fish on GMA... and snorked at the prices!!!

Becky said...

Hi Ron: Thank you for your kind words. I wonder where they got the fish from? More discoveries to come.

Holly: Thanks for the clarification. How do you know so much???

petrina y said...

"Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request."

It from 1 Chronicles 4:10... known as the Jabez Prayer, its quite well-known in Christian circles these days, there's a book on it by Bruce Wilkinson. It's a pretty powerful prayer we can adapt & use as well. Hope that was helpful =)

I stumbled upon yr blog online... has been a good read. Thanks & God bless!

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