13.103 Mandu Jeongol

Cycle 13 – Item 103

18 (Mon) April 2022

Mandu Jeongol

2.5

from Gomaweo Banchan

by me

at home

-Changgok, Sujoeng, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-

with the Family

Gomaweo Banchan (고마워 반찬) is a meal kit delivery service.  Presumably owned/operated by an individual, probably female (just playing the cultural odds here), likely out of her home.  Menus are posted in a chat room on Naver Café.  Customers download the menu, circle what they want + number of portions, and send it back to the proprietor, along with payment.  Every day features a set meal, mostly Korean in character, comprising a main course + soup + sides.  Requires some cooking.  Rice and kimchi not included.  Each kit, serving around 2-3 portions, costs 18,500 won.  The kit is left on the doorstep in the morning.

W has been ordering from the service for the past month.  Seems okay, so far.

The kits are delivered in pouches; empty pouches are left on the doorstep for retrieval (and hopefully reuse).

Today’s kit contained: (1) components for jumeokbab (add steamed rice and form into balls) + (2) mandu jeongol and broth (combine in a large pot and bring to a boil) + (3) cheongpo muk and sauce (drizzle sauce and serve) + (4) egg-dangmyeon jeon (combine and cook in a pan).

This shows 2 portions, more than enough for the 4 of us.

The mandu jeongol was okay.   Mandu seemed to come from a package – not good.  Lots of veg and tofu – good. Overall, it made for a decent meal.

(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)

(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)

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