Chicken Feet Please!

12 02 2013

I got the courage to make my first telephone food delivery order. I ended up with chicken feet!

Well I wanted to order 깐풍기 (a Chinese-Korean chicken dish). Kyle and I always ate it a restaurant in Tacoma, and I’ve been wanting to eat some here. Fortunately, I found out that 중국집 (Chinese-Korean restaurants) in Korea also serve this dish.

If you live in Korea, you’ll notice that your apartment door becomes an advertisement wall that attracts magnetic restaurant directories every few weeks. I’ve already collected three–although I threw all of them out but one.

I opened it and searched for 깐풍기 , but I couldn’t find it anywhere. So, I picked something else on one of the menus that read, “불닭발” (AKA spicy chicken feet). I read “불닭” and knew it meant spicy chicken, not realizing the last word. I picked it because it was the cheapest thing on the menu, and I wasn’t looking to spend much on food.

After calling and talking to three people–they kept passing the phone off to someone else–and giving my address, the owner said I needed to buy “이인분” (two servings). This makes sense, since they are delivering food and need to make a profit, but I was only going to order for me. After already making an ordeal on the phone, I went ahead and ordered it anyway. I wasn’t going to do all that work for nothing.

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FYI: My Korean friend said that most places won’t deliver “일인분” (one serving) or less than ₩10,000 (~$10) worth of food. I found this out the next day.

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I called Rosa up to ask her to come and help me eat food! She did, and we also ended up ordering 탕수육 (a fried pork type dish with a sweet soy-terriaki-tasting sauce).

Here are the delicious–bit of sarcasm–chicken feet:

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A spicy chicken foot.

A spicy chicken foot.

After she arrived, she found 깐풍기 in tiny font at the bottom of two restaurant menus. Ah! So I could have ordered it to begin with. 이인부 (two servings) of the chicken feet cost ₩14,000 (~$14).

Chicken feet don’t necessarily taste bad, but the feet are so crunchy. I felt like I was eating spicy bones. You mainly eat the top part–the three toes–but then you can eat the part around the rest of the foot. Mmm! -_-





Am I Really in Korea?

28 11 2012

한국에서 왔어요!

It was a weird feeling riding the bus to Cheonan. It felt humid and the air seemed dense, with the faint smells of cigarettes and chlorine. I was happy that everything went smoothly. Neither flights were delayed, and I got through Korean customs with no problem. Mr. Kang met me right on time with a sign, and he ran around to get me on a bus seven minutes later.

Right now I’m a bit hungry. I was so tired that I stared falling asleep on the bus. But I feel like I have so much to do today–unpack, walk around outside, get some groceries, finsih things up at school.

Here is a video of my apartment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPHkhCxcyo8