In Korea, you have to be very careful. Not from the usual threats of crime or international peril, but from a much more dangerous hazard – delivery scooters. Scooters are apparently exempt from all traffic laws (and a few laws of common sense). Sidewalk? Fair game. Stop sign? Just a suggestion. Red light? Doesn’t count if you just honk your horn at full speed!
fearless moronic men have an important job – delivering food to hungry Koreans. It seems like every night, I return home from work to find my front door plastered with menus and ads. As I absentmindedly flip through the booklets, my mouth begins to water. I wish I could order food, I think. How delicious and convenient. But alas…
Well, it’s been about three months and it finally felt like time to do something crazy. Andy and I decided to try to order jjim dak (찜닭), a tasty Korean dish of chicken, glass noodles, and veggies in a sweet and spicy sauce. Last month’s issue of the Daegu Compass (expat magazine) had a guide to order food… so I took a deep breath, dialed the number, and waited for the voice on the other end. (For a copy of this guide, see the end of this post.)
Somehow, I managed to fumble through enough Korean to state my address and my order. The man on the other end of the line was patient and actually understood me – to my shock and delight! Of course, we had no idea if the food was actually going to arrive…
A little while later, I got a call. The delivery man wanted some clarification on our address. It turns out I had mixed up the words for 1 and 2 (il and i, pronounced eel and ee), but after some massive confusion, we figured it out. A knock on the door and our food had arrived!
All in all, we got:
jjim dak, hanmari (한마리), (one chicken)
pickled radish, commonly accompanies chicken dishes and is delicious
a random bottle of Coke
4 sets of chopsticks… lol
Total cost: 19,000 won ($16.10). That’s the price of the food – there’s no tipping in Korea. Totally worth it considering it was delicious AND we have leftovers!
I am definitely going to order food again in the future. When in Korea, right?
Here’s a copy of the Daegu Compass guide. Mine did not go 100% according to script, but it was certainly a good start.