I go shopping with my host mom every week or so, but the phenomenon that is Korean supermarkets still hasn’t worn off on me. I love them. Some highlights from a recent trip to Lotte Mart:
-Seafood. I’m pretty sure the seafood section where I live has more kinds of sea life than the average aquarium. Giant eels, swordfish, mussels bigger than my hand, shellfish I have never seen. The assortment is wide, impressive, and still shocks me a little. Want a whole octopus? No problem! Twenty whole fish strung on a rope? Sure! How about some cut-up fish with their heads together?
-Prepared food. If shopping is making you hungry, park your cart for a second, stroll up to the ready-to-eat food section, and slurp down a bowl of noodles at the counter. During this trip my host mom and I split a skewer of fish cake in broth and a bowl of cold noodles, similar to Japaneseudon. I think I scored major points with my host mom when I told her that I liked these noodles better than udon because they tasted more like kimchi
-Staple food. In