What's the secret to her success? Well, for starters she sells fresh made waffles with your choice of cream or ice cream as a filling--for only 600w. Usually, most food stalls charge 1000w+ for something similar (like in Myeongdong). So her money making plan is to sell waffles by volume by working super fast. It's quite amazing watching her pour the waffle batter into her three waffle presses, taking the cooked waffles out to cool, making the waffles, and at the same time accepting cash and giving change.
Let's say she is able to sell two to three waffles a minute, with no washroom break and working as fast as she can. How much money could she potentially make? Here's my shady math at work:
3 waffles @ 600w each = 1800w in one minute
1800w x 60 minutes = 108,000w/hour (about $108US)!!
Let's say it's a busy night and she works non-stop for three hours...that equates to 324,000w! Not bad for barely a half day's work. Obviously there are other factors that come into play, but this little scenario is just for fun. Maybe I should be making waffles instead of teaching...hmmm...
Here's the tiny shack she operates out of...notice the three waffle makers:
Some colorful posters are adorned on the walls, enticing you to choose the ice cream filling instead of cream:
I decided to go for the ice cream filling...I shared half with a friend. For 600w it was pretty tasty, but I don't know if I'll be eating these every week:
Our Korean friend told us she is always smoking busy and we were lucky to catch her when the line was small. After we got our waffles the line had ballooned:
...even acid rain doesn't stop these 600w-waffle-loving-university-students:
Last, but not least here's the video of her in action. Keep an eye on her meticulously calculated movements to maximize her waffle making consistency:
Are there any other waffle places in Seoul I should be eating at too?