Cycle 3 – Item 260
21 (Fri) September 2012
at Sin Maegju Changgo
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with W and DJ
Weekend Hall Pass: Day 1 of 3
W and DJ are away for the weekend. Woohoo! But because IZ was left behind at home with the nanny, I can’t stray too far from the immediate area. But within a limited geographic area, I can do whatever I want for the next 3 days. Woohoo!
Starting last week, as a promotion for the new commercial center next to Oksu Station, the owners got some guy to set up a stand along the sidewalk and sell fried chicken. Specifically, traditional Korean fried chicken – yetnal tongdak – which involves a whole bird, lightly coated with flour and seasonings, deep-fried. In the first couple days, it drew everyone’s attention. Presumably drawn to the novelty of it, also the prices perhaps – 13,000 won for 2 large birds or 11,000 won for 2 medium birds – people were standing in long lines.
I got boyz in the hood. HSK, one of my best friends from high school, recently moved to Oksu-Dong. JHJ, a very close friend from college, lives just across the river.
When we met up at the beer bar this evening, it was an ideal opportunity to give the chicken a try. No more lines. We took the chicken back to the bar and dug in. Greasy. Flavorless. Fun in anticipation, but it just wasn’t worth going back for more. The “large” wasn’t even very big. A total waste of calories, and money.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)