Korea doesn't really 'do' Easter, at least there isn't a holiday for it. So while all my New Zealand (and Aussie) friends were talking about their trips to the beach I was suffering through regular days of work. Ugh.
Luckily, weird Korean holidays came to the rescue! Korea has Children's Day on May 5th and Parents' Day on May 8th, and my school gave me May 6th off so four day weekend, hurrah!
Initially my travel buddy and I intended to go to Jeju, Korea's "Hawaii" - an island off the South coast - but as the ferries were all booked out we ended up gallavanting around the countryside for a few days. And here's (part of) what we ate.
Sweet potato (or kumara to us Kiwi dudes) is readily available in Korea but it's not usually roasted and served with some kind of dead animal. Instead it's a dessert treat, dished up with coffee and rice cake and frequently dried out and gross. A few months ago I ordered a sweet potato latte from a coffee shop in town and it was revolting, like liquefied mashed lumpy kumara. Nevertheless, when I spotted this in a store near the train station I needed to eat it.
|The Hangul translates to 'Thanks Kongo.' WHAAAT?|
|Purple 'skin' coating.|
Apologies for the look of cragee in my eyes in the next pic, for I had stumbled upon the Best Street Food of All Time! The Never Ending Potato Chip.
|Not helping my diet.|
And finally, on the packed train home from Daejeon I had this:
|Google translate probably comes up with 'Drink of the Chunk'. |
I'm starting to doubt you, formerly reliable internet tool.
I actually really like it, despite Lauren stating that she '*expletive* hates that stuff.' Nostalgia tastes like very sweet tea and has rice floating in it. Who knew?
I LOVE bubble tea and drinks with chunks so this is right up my alley, along with this blog called Drinks With Chunks. Isn't the internet amazing?!
Sikhye is usually served as a dessert, so I had it after my huuuuge slice of Costco Pizza, pictured above. For those of you in Korea, the Daejeon Costco is RIGHTNEXT to Seodaejeon station, and fortunately my lovely boyfriend was kind enough to sprint there and pick me up a slice of their cheese pizza. I know what you're thinking - but Anna, your oft-mentioned diet! I'd done several hours of sightseeing and a solid 45 minute block of pedal-boating that day, so I'd earned that sucker, and it was delicious.