This morning we attended "New Years" Revival Services at our church.
We finished a little after 12:00, then gave someone a ride home.
By then, David's stomach was proclaiming that it was way past lunch-time!
Paul has been telling me about a little Korean restaurant at which he has eaten
with a tennis friend. The specialty there is 콩나물 밥 "bean sprout rice".
So, we decide to go there and get a quick lunch.
This restaurant is repeated again and again,
on side streets, down lanes, across alleys
in every town all over Korea.
First, you come in a take off your shoes.
Don't worry; there is always a shoe horn or two
hanging there for when you need to put them back on!
(We always joke that if you don't like the shoes you wore in,
you can leave with a different pair!
That's never happened; but David DID leave a restaurant once
with someone else's umbrella. Same umbrella as his, except for
the name of a little Korean girl written on the handle. Oops!)
But back to the restaurant.
There are always as many tables as can be squeezed into the available sq. footage.
When we first arrived, the restaurant is packed.
The only empty table was the one where the freezing cold wind blows in
each time the door is opened.
But don't worry, the floor is ondol.
(Ondol is the traditional Korean heating method.
There are pipes beneath the floor circulating hot water.
This warms the floor, and then the room. It is so pleasant to sit on the warm floor in the winter time--
it doesn't matter if there is a breeze that comes in now and then.)
There is no menu--except there's always the menu board hanging on the wall.
We want the "bean sprout rice".
It is 4,000 Korean won (about $3.75);
add another dollar if you want it "double-size".
While we are waiting for the food, we look around the restaurant.
As usual, each table has a couple of containers of kimchee.
There is cabbage kimchee and radish kimchee.
You take out the amount you think you will eat and put it on a dish.
This restaurant has something different, though.
There is something hanging on the walls near each table.
It's copies of "Good Thoughts" magazine.
Guess you get "food for the mind" while you wait for "food for the tummy"!
We also notice something else...
sitting at another table is the manager of the tennis courts.
Paul greets him and introductions are exchanged.
(Out of courtesy, I did NOT take his picture! LOL)
By then the food has arrived...
steaming hot su-jae-bi!
See, when we ordered, the waitress informs us
they are out of their bean sprout rice.
We will have to wait 30 minutes while they make more.
(One reason why we came here was that we wanted to get lunch fast. Well...)
In addition to "bean sprout rice", this restaurant offers several types of noodles.
AND su-jae-bi. Su-jae-bi is the "un-noodle".
Think of homemade egg noodles...
except instead of rolling out the dough and cutting it into noodles,
you just tear off chunks of dough and drop them into simmering broth.
Add seafood and a variety of veggies and you have "su-jae-bi".
We will share a bowl of this to tide us over till the rice is done.
It sure "hits the spot" on a cold, blustery day!
Soon, bean sprout rice arrives!
(Sorry! no picture, it was not as photogenic--
although it was as delicious as Paul had promised!)
And then, too our surprise, the waitress comes to our table yet again.
It seems that as he was leaving,
Paul's acquaintance from the tennis court has paid for us
to have an additional treat!
The waitress is bearing another dish, chock-full of
As I think to myself, "It's the thought that counts";
I quickly pass my portion over to David!
(Aren't I kind and generous?! LOL)
David proves he is Korean and dives in.
Following our meal, we get "self-serve" cups of mix coffee
from the ubiquitous "TeaTime" coffee machine.
Believe me when I tell you EVERY Korean restaurant has one!
Not a bite of food is left...just these seashells and
a doggy-bag in which David is bringing home the rest
of the Pig's Feet!
Now you've been in a "typical" Korean restaurant...
If you've seen one, you've seen them all!
BUT, you haven't tasted them all...
This one, for sure, was delicious!