5.002 One (Batch of Odeng) for the Road


7 (Tue) January 2014

One (Batch of Odeng) for the Road


at the new food cart

-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with W

A new food cart recently opened up near home.  As a recurring theme on GMTD, Oksu Station is one of the few remaining places in the city to get street food from a food cart (see generally 3.164 The Trinity).  The cart’s been there for about a year, different owners trying out various items, such as lemonade, sausages, dumplings, etc., all to no avail.  The new owners went back to basics.

Located on its own, in front of the bank.
Oksu’s own Gridiron Building, with the new cart on the left, the other food carts to the right.

Most regrettably, I won’t be around to see DJ off on his first day of school at Okjeong Elementary School in March.  I will also be absent at the W’s and the mom’s birthdays in February, and IZ’s birthday in April.  What a deadbeat father/husband/son.

I will miss this perspective of the neighborhood, underneath the elevated platform of Subway Line 3 (orange line), the only point on the entire route that is above ground.
I will miss being able to grab a skewer, or two or eight, on my way to and fro.

On my way home this afternoon, I stopped by for a quick snack.  As I was sitting there, munching on an odeng skewer, likely my final serving of bona fide street food for the foreseeable future, I realized that this is really what I’d be missing while in Manila: just hangin’ in the ‘hood with the homies.  I stuck around for awhile, savoring the sights and sounds and smells of Oksu Station, unwilling to let go of the moment.  W (the main homey) eventually joined me.

The dinner plan for later was to gorge on lamb chops at Braii Republic, all-u-can-eat on Tuesdays, but I called it off.  Didn’t seem all that important anymore.

(See also FOODS.)

(See also PLACES.)

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