Living in Korea is pretty amazing for a variety of reasons. Many of the reasons include ways to make life easier and convenient. One of the things I love about Korea is of course, the food. It's a little crazy how the same chains that we have back in America are here, but they're even better. I probably eat out here more than back in the states.
Because food in Korea is never a disappointment, eating out all day and grabbing food to go is a common thing. It's also amazing when you are able to get takeout packaged in a special way. There’s a handful of things that are frustrating about getting takeout back at home because the food can get sloppy and messy, or simply difficult to handle on the way home.
While living in Korea, I’ve definitely learned a handful of new tips and tricks to package takeout, which just might come in handy when I'm back in the US. For starters, restaurants always plastic bag everything for you which makes it easy to carry. Utensils are also wrapped in plastic packaging (straws included) which makes it extremely sanitary and you'll always get some kind of utensils, even from Baskin Robbins.
Baskin Robbins is great in Korea for amazing flavor combinations and a new flavor every month. In addition, Baskin Robbins offers actual ice cream cakes that are the cutest things and made with different flavors. They even slice cakes of different ice cream flavors and piece them together for the ultimate ice cream cake, without an actual cake bottom like back at home. The last rave about Baskin Robbins in Korea is that when you get ice cream packaged up, you actually pick the flavors that you want, not the ones that are fridge packaged already. It is extremely common for families and friends to get buckets to go or to enjoy in the ice cream shop. For anything to go, they will offer utensils and candles for cakes, along with dry ice to keep the ice cream from melting.
In Korea, mini cakes and desserts are always packaged up in palm sized boxes that keep the cake from sliding around and smashing against the walls of the box. Pizza takeout is even better with handles that help to balance the box when walking. This definitely makes it easy to hold a pizza without having to burn your hands.
The one last thing to rave about is combination takeouts. When ordering a mix of dishes, they will separate the two to prevent any sauces from spilling over. This goes for fried foods as well. When paired with a salad, crispy chicken is separated from the veggies and dressing is on the side (even for doggy bags). Koreans really care about their food tasting good outside of the restaurant. It's definitely the total package here.
Graduating with a double major in Communications and Chinese from Rutgers University, it wasn’t long after working in the Big Apple that Cindy Ung decided to take a break from the cliché 9-5 lifestyle and move to Korea to teach English for CDI. Making the bold step to leave her comfortable, mapped out life in the States, she has fallen more in love with the Korean culture as each day passes. With weekly mountain hikes, weekend road trips, discovering great foods and beauty products, constantly meeting new people, her life in Korea has been everything but mapped out.
Check out Cindy’s blog to get a glimpse of what Korea has to offer.