Yesterday I visited the talktomeinkorean.com office to discuss an upcoming project. It’s a correction service site similar their other site, harukorean.com, except the site (talktomeinenglish.com - facebook page) is geared towards English learners from Korea. I’ll be helping out with the content and with some videos, and it should be a good time had by all
After talking with Hyunwoo about the details, the crew was about ready to eat lunch. I expected everyone to get up, put on their jackets and head out to some good neighborhood restaurant. That’s how it was in most of the companies I was involved with – in Japan, Korea, America. People would get up at lunch time, and if they didn’t have plans, they would discuss what they would go eat for the day. But instead of bringing up menu options, almost everyone in the TTMIK crew busted out their doshiraks (lunch boxes)! They all set their home made banchan (side dishes) on the table and shared what they had, even with the few folks that had ordered their lunch (including me).
I don’t think this is particularly common, but it’s not uncommon either. Eating out in Korea isn’t too expensive, but of course you’ll save money and probably eat healthier by doing this. I felt like I was in an elementary school cafeteria in Korea, everyone sharing what their mom packed them. It was weird that no one packed kimchi though!
Lunch was a good time to get to know the crew better, and even better cause I got to cop some of their food! haha, jk. But it was an unexpected Korean experience that I thought was pretty old school. And anything old school and Korean, I like!
Can’t wait for 홍대 삼거리포차 (Hongdae Samgeori Pocha) to reopen so I can get some of their sick 옛날 도시락 (old school lunch box)!