Every 3 months, ChungDahm has a huge surge of teachers who decide to change their lives and move to teach in Korea. Our contracts are all for one year so that means you should have enough of your personal items to last. There are some things that you cannot find here so it is best to bring what you need. Here is a list of items that you should pack just in case it’s not here.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
Feeding off the last blog of Savory Street Foods, this list is for all the sweet savory street foods!
Being that there are so many food choices in Korea, being able to eat a lot of it and the best of the best is very much needed. In addition to the traditinal ddukbokki, fish cake, and fried goodies you can find at almost every stand, the special ones on my list for a salty and more filling taste include:
Teachers living in Korea love their convenience stores, some have even called them home. A fellow Korea blogger wrote awhile back that there are over 2,900 7-Eleven stores in Korea. Check out how close I live to my favorite 7-Eleven and all you can find inside. What is your favorite Korean convenience store goodie?
So there were a lot of things that amazed and surprised me when I first arrived to South Korea to teach English. I was surprised to see hi-tech toilets, public drinking anywhere, the amount of time students spent studying, and sitting on the floor when I ate a meal. Those are just a few examples of surprising memories from the beginning of my experience living in Korea. There is another surprising thing about living in Korea that I still cannot get over when I think about it. I cannot believe the amount of convenience stores that can be found in this country. It seems that there is a convenience store (or multiple ones!) on every corner.
It’s been ten months since I’ve been teaching English in Korea now. One of the difficult things I had to get use to was teaching six hours straight with five minute breaks in between. It isn’t that the job is too stressful or tiring, it’s the fact that I have to teach through dinner time. I’m the kind of person who makes sure I eat all my meals in one day. So, when my stomach doesn’t get its dinner when it’s dinner time, it gets really loud and hungry. Being a slow eater, five minute break each hour is definitely not enough time to get my dinner in.
I have heard certain branches give up to 15 minutes break in between classes and even provide dinner. Unfortunately, my branch is not one of those. Fortunately, I have learned to snack every hour to tame my stomach. I don’t recommend snacking on chips or junk food because it will definitely catch up to you, health wise. Here’s a list of my favorite “not so bad for your health” snacks that’s available at nearly every convenience store and bakery in Korea, which by the way. is on almost every corner as well.
- Triangle Kim Bab or Kim Bab: Simply put, this is a snack that has vegetables and/or meat with rice wrapped with seaweed. The price is good too! Expect to pay only anywhere between 700 won to 1,200 won (70 cents to $1). Personally, two of these will get me through six hours.
- Jar of Nuts: This is a great healthy alternative to eating junk food. Just recently, I bought a liter full of peanuts, pecans, macadamias, almonds, and cashews at Home Plus for 18,000 won. A bit pricey, but the jar will last you at least a month.
- Sandwiches & Salads: Around the corner from my branch is a Paris Baguette Bakery. Sometimes, right before work I’ll go there to buy some snacks for the day. My favorite is their breakfast sandwich, which has ham, egg, and cheese. Another favorite is their Caesar Salad with chicken. Expect to spend about 2,500 won to 6,000 won ($2.30 to $5.30) here.