Andrew and I discover new foods all the time. Often we see things in the grocery store or on the street, but we don't buy them because we don't know what it is, or how to cook it. However, our boss often brings in various drinks for us to have. Sometimes they are healthy things (such as yogurt drinks) because they want us to stay healthy. Other times, they bring us things just to be nice. Often we really enjoy them and they make their way to our regular grocery lists!
We have seen this first one in the store many times. We haven't bought it because we had no clue what it was. When our boss brought it in, we tried it, and found out it is coffee flavored milk in a bag! So delicious!
When we go to restaurants, we usually order the same few things. When our coworkers take us out to a restaurant, they order for us. Usually we can't read the menu and there are no pictures, so we just order the same thing again and again.
We recently went to a few new restaurants and tried new things! The first is nicknamed a "lunch box". This is because a long time a go, people put their lunches in these tin boxes. It consists of rice, sunny side up egg, and kimchi (spicy fermented cabbage). When you get it you are supposed to chop it up with your spoon, put the lid back on and shake it for a while to mix it all up. It's so delicious!
This is after chopping up the egg a bit.
Showing off the metal tin.
And it's mixed!
The last food is something that we have been eating for a while, but we recently tried it at a new restaurant. We order lunch from restaurants in our building a few times a week. If we share (we often do and still leave full) Andrew and I can eat a meal for $4. We have a couple of restaurants on our floor, so we usually order the same 2-3 things, one of which is bi-bim-bap, or mixed rice. The restaurant in our building serves bi-bim-bap that is way too spicy for us to enjoy. However, the new restaurant's bi-bim-bap was delicious.
The ingredients in the dish are different depending on the restaurant. Usually there are several greens: seaweed, cucumbers, onions, lettuce. There is often kimchi, pickled radishes, bean sprouts, egg, spicyish red sauce, and octopus/squid legs. It comes in a bowl, unmixed. Then, you mix it - and enjoy!
This is the bi-bim-bap from the new restaurant. It is served in a double serving (costing about $6) and comes in a massive bowl. See Andrew's hand for comparison!
We have now found that we buy things like seaweed at the grocery store out of a feeling of necessity, rather than curiosity. We will surely be in reverse culture shock when we go home! We have even joked about moving to a city that has a Korean restaurant!