I’m sorry to say that on more than one occasion I’ve advocated the lifestyle of those inflated, walrus people from the Wall-E universe. Despite their near complete immobility due to their excess girth, they seem to have excellent social, recreational, and occupational lives. Why knock their choices? They seem pretty well-rounded. Anyway, I took a small step toward their futuristic lifestyle last month when I ordered McDonalds to be delivered to my apartment in South Korea.
With excited fingers, I signed up at mcdelivery.co.kr. As of now, all I have to do is sign-in, select my order, click my saved address, and confirm. Amazing fatty heaven. The initial set-up before getting to this convenient point was a bit off: Most of the site is in English except for, of course, the portion where you input your address. So the first time I ordered, I had to call the toll-free number. After a few minutes of trying to get someone who spoke English, I was finally able to give the girl my address, email, and order. She was kind enough to save my address to my online account using my email sign-in name. So now I just log-in and BAM!
I recommend the service. I’ve eaten a lot of McDonalds since moving here because … well … because I can. Walrus people, here I come. But being able to have it delivered is nice during winter when on a lazy, freezing Sunday, I don’t want to cook or venture outside. You can even use your credit or bank card! There are, however, a few minor issues with the service.
Aside from the initial set-up, it’s quick to order, but slow in delivery. Each time I’ve ordered after 5pm (3 times,) the wait was around 90 minutes. To be fair, the confirmation page said the wait would be that long. If you order an hour before you get hungry, no problemo. Another small issue is that the quality of food is not fresh from the deep-frier. The fries come a little soggy, and the overall meal is warm but just barely. It does the trick though. Lastly, there is a minimum charge of 7,000 won or about $7. I just order a McFlushy, and I store it in the fridge for later.
For a few weeks, I think I was blacklisted for some reason. The website consistently told me that delivery to my area was unavailable due to bad weather. An average storm passed through at the beginning of the first week, but my area’s status remained shunned through days of relative warmth and sun. I took it personally and shunned the McDonalds by my work for a few days. This morning, however, the company resumed service to my area.
I got a sausage and egg sandwich, two hash browns, and two orange juices. It’s been a fine Sunday morning. I wonder if the walrus people have McDonalds in their universe...
Currently residing an hour outside of Seoul, South Korea, Sergio Cabaruvias is doing his utmost not to appear lost or confused. So far, he’s managed. After graduating with degrees in English and journalism and after working with underprivileged youth, Serg embarked from Southern California for Pyeongtaek, South Korea to gain experience as an amateur adventurer. Since arriving he has swung on vines in the jungles of Taiwan, scaled mountains in the rocky city of Busan, driven a scooter along the edge of a massive, marble gorge, and explored some of Tokyo’s seedier areas. Moving to South Korea has been the best decision of his life.