Monday, January 31, 2011

Onion Salad

Seollal "Lunar New Year" is approaching, so Clark and I thought we'd hit COSTCO today to stock up. We left Logan at home with the nanny and headed off to Seoul a little before noon. It was a nice sunny day, no rain, no fog, no snow, yet along the 20km stretch of highway we passed no less than FOUR car accidents (a testament to the oh so talented and cautious driving skills of Koreans).

Anyone who's ever been to a COSTCO in Korea can tell you that it's pretty much a nightmare, but we're gluttons for punishment and go back time and time again. Actually, it wasn't so bad today ~ weekdays are much preferable to weekends. The parking lot queue was only 30min instead of the usual 50+min, and while trying to maneuver through the aisles, was only hit twice that I can recall (as opposed to the usual battering I suffer).

Yes, we like to shop here, but the thing we love best about COSTCO is the food court. Of course, any foreigner knows the ketchup, mustard, relish, and onions are provided as condiments for anyone buying a hot dog, alas, no one's ever bothered to tell this to a Korean. The parking/shopping/checkout fiasco is always worth it in the end just to see everyone eating their  ketchup-mustard-relish-onion salads.

This woman has decided on "condiment upside-down salad" and has thoughtfully arranged her ketchup, mustard, and relish onto her plate before grinding her onions.

This particular individual prefers her ketchup, mustard, and relish on the side.

And these people subscribe to the mantra "who needs mustard and relish when you've got a heaping pile of ground raw onions and ketchup!?"

1 comment:

  1. Aw yes, the beloved Costco Salad! ^.^
    I especially love the ajummas who buy a pizza to go and then get 2-3 sheets of foil and grind all the onions onto it. I've patiently waited behind them before only to discover they emptied the dispensers! >.< I really, really wish I knew who started this trend so I could smack them!