Saturday, December 20, 2008

Juk at Lotte Department Store

On Friday night I met a Korean friend in Myeongdong, a crowded shopping district: We always meet by the stage. This time it was decorated in red, and holiday music was playing:

We walked to Lotte Department Store, where we ate in the food court. Department store food courts in Korea serve tasty, quality food in a pleasant environment, unlike American mall food courts.
We ordered our meal at a cashier station and presented our receipt to the restaurant. My friend asked the ladies to fill our bowls to the brim!
Two bowls of thick pumpkin juk with winter kimchi'i:
The main ingredient seems to be kabocha squash, not "hallowe'en" pumpkin. (More on this squash later.) Juk is the perfect meal for a cold, winter's night!

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