Sunday, October 10, 2010

What I should have brought to Korea

Everything in the picture above is virtually impossible to find in Korea or costs up to five times as much as you would pay back home.

    During my first two months in Korea I discovered that some of my favorite food staples were either just way too much to purchase, or were nowhere to be found. At my local grocery store Lemon Mart, a small jar of honey starts at $15 and goes up to about $45 for a larger jar. Baking soda might be found in the bottom of an abyss somewhere in Seoul. There is no way that all the bakeries in town are substituting baking powder for their cookies instead. But even at the bakers district located near Jongno 5 there was none to be found. As for the Quaker, don't even think about him.
     If you are thinking about baking your own homemade cookies or cakes in Korea, finding ingredients might be a challenge. Simply bring along some baking soda and vanilla before you come, or have someone send them to you from home. The good thing about these two ingredients is that a little goes a long way and they won't take up your entire suitcase or package.
    Thankfully my loving mother sent me a package full of goodies. There is nothing else that reminds you of home better than a processed heaven like Sno-balls or an Oatmeal Creme Pie. Korea does have affordable American candy bars such as Snickers and Twix. But thanks anyway Mom for the huge assortment of Halloween Candy!

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