Sunday, July 06, 2014

belated celebration

Burgers and dogs were on the agenda for July 4th, but I didn't celebrate my country's 238th birthday on the day that also happened to be my 11th blogiversary. The food fiesta didn't occur until just a few hours ago:

At about W3000 per 100 grams (i.e., about $13-$14 per pound), ground beef is hellaciously expensive in Korea, although it's ever-so-slightly more reasonable at Costco. My burgers—sliders, really—were a combination of ground beef and ground pork, surprisingly low-fat in both cases, which meant that there was very little in the way of drippings when I was frying the patties up. I bought the ground meat locally, not wanting to risk spoilage during a 90-minute bus trip from Costco. Also locally purchased: a W2000 package of six tomatoes, which I found to be very reasonably priced. I did, however, hit both Costco and Home Plus again; during my Costco run, I bought Cheetos and Dodger dogs; the latter are great franks for boiling; I also bought a W3800 bag of black-sesame dinner rolls to use as slider buns, and a package of Gouda cheese, which seemed to be the cheapest pack Costco was selling. At Home Plus, I looked for hot-dog buns, but failed to find any. I found a bizarre "mustard relish," some rice-based white bread, two bottles of house-brand cola, and a small bottle of Nutella (this last purchase was inspired by a KakaoTalk conversation with a student, who waxed rhapsodic about Nutella and drove me nearly mad with Nutella-lust).

So I cooked my burgers and dogs, then laid out a large plate for dinner, along with a side of Cheetos and a tall glass of house-brand Home Plus cola (W990 per 1.5-liter bottle as opposed to the usual W2500 per 1.5 liters that I'd pay a the local convenience store). I topped the burgers with a healthy slice of tomato and a dollop of my homemade oi-kimchi. The result is what you see above. And you know what? It was pretty damn good.

Happy Belated Birfday, America.



hahnak said...

looks good! happy blogiversary, too!

that rice white bread is strange lookin though.

Kevin Kim said...


Yup—I bought the rice bread for just that reason.