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Out to Eat Traditional Korean Food in Korea

Today is Sunday, and that means all the Koreans think it is time to eat together after church.  Some churches cook every Sunday so everyone can stay after church and eat together.  Some churches go out to eat together.  The church we attend every Sunday morning usually cooks, and the one we attend in the evenings, likes to go out to eat. They are both churches of Christ, but one church worships all in Korean, and the other worships all in English.  We have been going to the Korean speaking church more often because it is just around the corner from our house and we have lots of good Korean friends there.  However, sometimes, we drive across town and also go to the English speaking church across town, and we have lots of good friends there too.  One thing, though, is there is very little time to waste in the afternoon if we want to attend both churches, so right after morning church, we went home and took a quick nap so we could feel good to go to the English speaking church in the evening too. We only got a short nap, but it helps, and I was happy not to go to sleep in either church service, morning or evening.  We have to drive an hour to get to the English speaking church, and we went out to eat with a group from there after church this evening.

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This restaurant is inside of Home Plus on the fourth floor, next to a Vietnamese restaurant. Across the aisle from the restaurant, they have clothes wracks full of clothes.
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Here is the front of the restaurant.

The group decided on a very Korean restaurant called Myeong Dong Jeongga.  It is located inside Home Plus, a large department store in Gangseu gu in Seoul.  The old missionary, Malcom, was with us, and he wanted to eat Vietnamese food, but when we got there, the group thought it looked too expensive.  The Vietnamese restaurant is also on the fourth floor of Home Plus. When they didn’t want to pay the prices at the Vietnamese restaurant, we all went to the next restaurant which was a very traditional Korean restaurant and cheaper.

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Here is the glass case full of plastic models of the food on the menu.

These little traditional figurines were also in the glass display case.  The people are wearing hanboks, traditional Korean clothing. The big pots on the left are water pots and kimchee pots. I see these stacked around outside of Buddhist temples and other traditional places a lot.

 

The restaurant has plastic models of the food in a glass case out front like many restaurants in Japan and Korean do.  There is also a menu, but these plastic models are a kind of menu that helps you know exactly what your food will look like.

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the kimchee

It is a very normal Korean restaurant.  They started by bringing us a big pot of kimchee and small dishes so we could serve ourselves kimchee while we waited on our meal. The ones who ate the kimchee said it was extremely tasty kimchee and also spicier than usual.

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My friend, Hanul, sat next to me, and she ordered curried rice. I love curried rice!
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There were lots of long bean sprouts in her curried rice, so she did what Koreans do and used scissors to cut the bean sprouts.
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My dock/mandoo gooksoo came next. I really like this, and it isn’t spicy.
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I lifted a mandoo up out of the soup and took a picture of it so you could see it.  There is meat inside of the mandoo. The yellow strips you see are strips of scrambled eggs. The dark green is seaweed.
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I also lifted the dock out of my soup so you could see it. Dock are rice cakes.  You can see small pieces of meat and carrots on the dock.
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My daughter ordered a large serving of mandoo and a bowl of rice. I also love this meal and almost ordered it.

There were actually two tables of people, but I only got pictures of the food that my daughter, Hanul, and I ate because we were the ones eating at our table.

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My daughter and Hanul

While we were waiting to check out after dinner, I took a picture of my daughter and Hanul for you see some of the people who came. If you look in the background, the guy with the white hair checking out is Malcom, the old missionary.  There were a couple of Korean guys with us too. We had a nice dinner in Korea and enjoyed the company. The company is really what it is all about.  Korean Christians are really good at making friends with the others because they love to eat together.  All the churches eat together in Korea, not just the church of Christ. We stopped in at the huge church in Yuido once, the largest church in the world, a Pentecostal church, and there were ladies lined up in the hallway serving food like they were serving in a cafeteria.  Every church we visit, we have learned all eat together here in Korea every Sunday. I love the idea because I learned a long time ago that the more friends you have at church, the more encouraged you are and the less likely you are to stop going to church.

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