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Sunday, 23 July 2006

Lunch at the Carrefour food court

There is a food court in the Carrefour shopping center. We walked through briefly during our first night in Korea but never did get a chance to try the food. Well, today was destined to be that special day!

It's all about efficiency here in Korea and keeping it simple. There are eight food stalls with each one having an assigned number and colour. There is a massive display of "fake dishes" behind a glass display with each dish having an assigned number, colour and price (I forgot to take a picture of the fake food...darn!). You make your decision and then pay the food attendant. You will then get your receipt that looks like this:

We ordered from stall 8 and we were #421. We proceeded down to the green stall and waited for our number to appear on the LCD screen out front:

Other food stalls next to ours:

Our number appeared on the screen in about 10 minutes, and the lady called out to us to pick up our food. I don't know how she knew...but I gave her the receipt and collected our bounty:

Koreans are really big on drinking water. Every restaurant you go, they give you filtered water to drink. In Hong Kong, it's Chinese tea. In Korea, it's filtered water (which is great I might add). Anyways, there was a self serve water station for use in the food court. Here's another story on the generosity of Koreans. There was a small stand that sold pastries and this mysterious brown coloured barley/rice drink. I motioned to the lady trying to figure out what it was. She responded with "drink". I used my hands to ask for a tiny sample...and she quickly obliged by grabbing a bowl and filling it up for me! So I drank this free sweet barley drink and it was pretty tasty! Thank you!

After lunch, we made our way downstairs into Carrefour to pick up some household items. One major item was washing detergent. We also bought toilet paper (which is bloody expensive here, even the Carrefour brand), a mini garbage can and the special coloured garbage bags that are required for Mokdong. Why can't Carrefour be closer? I'm getting tired walking 100 meters to buy groceries! =p


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