5.03.2013

파전 / 해물전

March 30, 2013. 

This was a good day. I went for lunch with Daphne. We decided not to go to one of two restaurants that we frequent often. I had every intention of taking a picture of what we ate, but we were both so hungry that we forgot. It was good. I had some kind of fried fish dish. I think it was the first time I had fish in Korea that wasn't in the form of fish cakes. 

After that we headed to a drug store (Olive something), kinda like Shoppers but without the drugs? And wow, I found tampons. I was so tempted to buy them cause I currently hate my cup. But the fact that you can't flush anything down the toilet in Korea kind of defeats the purpose, and makes tampons look less appealing. Ah well. Also found some Sally Hansen nail polish in this store. I don't know what Koreans think SH is all about, but someone needs to speak up and let it be known that this is NOT a $16 a bottle brand. What is that? haha Anywho, we were in there for a long time, literally looking at everything in the store. It felt a little too much like a store where you just go to buy beauty products and whatnot, so we found the little snack section by the entrance kind of amusing. Didn't buy anything there though. 

Then we headed to this store where Daphne had picked up some cheap nail polish recently… 

1000won each, and good quality too 


We got back home after six and I got ready to meet John (우중). We first met in Newfoundland cause he did and exchange at my school last semester. I was so excited to finally see a familiar face. When we were making plans I suggested we go to Hongdae (홍대), but then I remembered back in NL I told him that I really like pajeon (파전) and he told about a famous place to get some. So I brought it up to him and he laughed cause apparently this place is about five minutes from where I live. -__- Well don't I feel dumb. I literally told him to forget about Hongdae, I wanted pajeon. What a fatass. lol The place is super close to Hoegi station (회기역), in case you ever want to go, and this area is full of jeon restaurants. Never seen such a thing. Like you would expect a whole bunch of restaurants selling a similar product would want to spread out to maximise their earnings, but not here. 

So we go into one of the restaurants and the place was packed. Good thing it was only the two of us. I'm really bad at ordering food and if there isn't a picture menu, it's not happening. So John orders and whatever, I trust whatever will be out in front of me… 



haha wtf The food just kept coming. Like how this can be for two? 

I really loved the corn. So simple but really tasty. And I love the tteokbokki (떡볶이) as usual and of course the jeon was amazing. It was pajeon for half and seafood one (해물전) in other half. Seafood is my favourite kind. But the unexpected star of the show? Konbbang. haha these little snacks at the back of table beside of the alcohol. So yummy. They're covered in sugar but it took me a good 20 minutes to realise it was sugar and not salt. (Had this problem from kindergarten.) And apparently they aren't usually sweet one. I haven't found any with sugar in the stores yet. Also drank makgeolli (막걸리), cause you can't have jeon without it. It was pretty good. 

John taught me how to ask for more of whatever. (Why hadn't I learnt this one in class yet?) The Aunty was super nice. And then she was telling John that she sent her son abroad to learn English, and he comes back but her English still better than his one. Waste of money she said. ahaha And later John is reteaching me to ask for more of something cause my memory is shot, but I took so long that next Aunty hears the whole thing so as soon as I call her she just gets what I was going to ask for. >< 

And then something strange happened. Never would in Canada unless you knew the owner of a place. John had to pick something up at the store so he tells one of the Aunties, we get up and leave to go to the store. She wasn't pleased, but whatever she trusted we’d come back. HOW!?! How this can happen? He fully left his bag there and we walked out of the restaurant to go to the store. Obviously we went back. But I was really in shock about this. I was so amazed by the trust Korean people have in each other. And it's not just with things like this. Shopkeepers and stores leave their merch out on the side walk unattended and no one takes anything away. People leave their bags unattended all the time and it doesn't get stolen. Why can't Canada be more like this?

So by the end of the day I was super full. We didn't finish everything. But I brought home konbbang. haha It's so good. Most people take their leftovers home from a meal, but I ask for more snack. Really happy about this day. One of my favourites in Korea so far. 

Thank you Daphne and John for such a great day!!! ^_^

2 comments:

  1. I thank you! More difficult than changing restaurant is changing course! Love donkatsu forever! Haha S2
    I'm waiting for you to invite me go to this restaurant where you dined.
    Also happy for the great nail polishes!
    =*

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    1. haha I need to stop eating it. There's so much more to try. >< We should go next weekend for some jeon.

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