Often I make fun of myself and my “new” student life. being abroad without a job and on a tight budget has make me to cut on some expenses. Specifically on dinner time. The rule works pretty much like saving money on weekdays and spending it on weekends.
The nearest and cheapest source of food from Yonsei KLI is the convenience store outside campus.
I’ll make a full article on Korean convenience store later on but for the time being you only need to know the following: many of them everywhere, 24/7, “cheap”…
Inside these stores you can find pretty much everything you find on any contemporary convenience store. however the biggest difference resides in the food section. There you can find a wide range of korean snacks to calm down hunger.
Most of the korean snacks are elaborated on rice + (vegetables or fish/pork/beef) These snacks cost around 800 to 1,500 KRW which makes them perfect for that small budget when traveling. For a westerner like me its always interesting trying new things, however doing so doesn’t always means that I now what Im eating (like in the case of the “rice triangles” in which I never know if I’m getting the fish or meat triangle) or how to eat it (should I cook it on the microwave or should I eat it cold). Even finding out how to open the envelope is an adventure which most of the times leads to missed the instructions and end up with a chunky ball of rice in my hands.
I have enjoyed most of the food I have found out there and while I consider myself as a true “meat-etarian” budget has turn me into a “rice-etarian” but at least both my pocket and budget are happy with it.
Several steps on how to eat your korean snack.