Tuesday, December 14, 2010
At the Seoul Airport
Korea's campaign to promote Korean food is bigger and better than ever this year. They have a website, a blog, ads in Times Square and the sort of airport decorations that my ideal model home would have. When I stepped off what I can only describe as a hellish flight from Phnom Penh to Seoul recently I was delighted to get onto a moving walkway that sped me past a quick forecast of what my next four days would be filled with.
Luckily I was true to myself and did exactly nothing (save for the odd trip to Korean teenage nightclubs) other than eat my way through Seoul. I got started immediately without even leaving the airport with a giant bowl of kimchi rice porridge.
I was pleased to see a number of dainty Korean airline employees finishing off these giant portions (I'd estimate each bowl to have at least six cups of rice in it) at 6am. Watching other people gorge themselves--especially those who are genetically slender--is always something that cheers me up. Luckily there's no shortage of that sort of thing in Cambodia, but there's definitely a shortage of Korean breakfasts. More on this later.