by E. B.
October 5, 2004
I decided to order a Whopper Junior meal. So did my cousin. I noticed our meals were much smaller than what I’m used to getting in the U.S.—small fries and a small coke instead of the medium fries and the medium Coke. I noticed some unique items on the menu: Bulgogi Whopper Junior, Steak Burger (different from the Angus Steak Burger), and the Big Shrimp Burger. There is a side dish that you won’t get in the U.S.—the corn salad. It’s basically corn kernels tossed with bits of cucumber and bell peppers in a sweet vinaigrette sauce. For some reason, it’s considered a dessert. A true Asian dessert is the paht-bing-soo, sweet red beans over bits of fruit, ice shavings, ice cream and whipped cream. I think every Asian cuisine has something similar. Filipinos have halo-halo, and the Hawaiians have their Hawaiian shaved ice.
We were so full, but I decided to buy a paht-bing-soo on the way out to take home. There was a surcharge on the take-out items. Burger King recycles their items, so you have to dispose of your trash into the proper bins. I let my cousin deal with it. I cannot read Korean very well, so I would have put everything in the wrong place.
After our short trek home, we decided to share the paht-bing-soo. I noticed that they gave us cardboard spoons instead of plastic spoons. Recycling is huge in Korea. I guess there is just nowhere else to put their trash. At least the paht-bing-soo was good. I wish I could have ordered all the unique items on the Korean menu. Oh, well, for my next visit to Korea…
From journal Going Back to Seoul