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I found an article over at the Matador Network entitled “The 5 worst pizzas in the world” and generally felt that they didn’t look that bad (perhaps excluding the first one pictured) poorly executed but conceptually within the realm of pizzas I know and love, particularly the final two.
Epic Meal Time has been a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine as of late and I just watched their first episode, which was originally entitled “Worst Pizza Ever” and later changed to “Fast Food Pizza”. It’s amusing to see how it all started – before narrowing their focus to hip-hop slang, feigned ‘manliness’, bacon and Jack Daniel’s – but their final product isn’t that wacky compared to a lot of the pizzas sold in Korea.
Some of them I’ve never been able to wrap my head around, though I’ve gotten used to seeing corn and sweet potato as viable toppings. For a typical example, Domino’s latest offering is ‘Sweet Hidden Edge Pizza’ with a stuffed crust filled with mozzarella cheese and mashed sweet potatoes, and topped with mushrooms, corn, potatoes, bacon and mayonnaise.
This doesn’t even seem strange to me anymore, and yet the other option of a mashed potato and herb cream cheese-filled crust still does somehow.
Pizza Hut just recently unleashed a ‘Crunchy Roast Beef Pizza’ containing among other things roast beef, smoked ham, mayonnaise and potato chips.
I’ve eaten pizzas like the first one and found them interesting and even delicious in their own way. The second isn’t even much of a shocker. Being here for an extended period of time, I can appreciate the fact that Koreans have an entirely different concept of what pizza is and what it should and could be. However, a couple of weeks back there was a flyer posted outside my door advertising what I believe to be the most unappetizing looking ‘food’ ever to be dubbed a pizza. It comes from the creative masterminds at Pizza Etang and is marketed as being in the style of an affluent English brunch (영국식 브런치의 풍요로움이 그대로), and contains sausage, bacon, mushrooms, french fries, baked beans, with a sunny-side up egg placed smack dab in the middle, not to mention some sort of crunchy tempura crust.
Beat that, World!
I was hoping to get out of the country for Chuseok aka Korean Thanksgiving, but a lot of Koreans got the same idea first. Flight prices for those four days (Saturday-Tuesday) are astronomical. Check out this handy calendar price guide from Cathay Pacific Airways:
Note the prices for flights returning on Tuesday. The highlighted selection would have been satisfactory save the fact that my girlfriend has to work on Friday and the only flight available for that day leaves at 9AM. Perhaps with a bit more foresight prices would have been a bit more reasonable, but the fact that nowadays a lot of Koreans no longer have to go to the countryside paired with the fact that this is the longest holiday for most Koreans, makes it a difficult time to travel anywhere. There are enough Koreans moving in and out of the country at this time that travel is ill-advised. I’ll be staying put especially since my grand exit from the country is coming up in a few short weeks.
Daiso has decided to increase its coolness by several hundred percent by selling these encased chopstick spoon sets with “I Love Pussy” on each of the enclosed pieces.
I’m certain that internet searches of this phrase are sure to return similar, if not identical, results.