Snapshots: Chicken Soup with Rice

I got off the bus downtown around 11:45 this morning and looked around for a place to eat. McDonald’s was crowded, as were many of the restaurants on the high street. I decided to head into the market to see if I could beat the dinnertime crowd for a seat. As I entered the market I remembered an area where a number of restaurants serve chicken soup. The most famous restaurant there was packed (as always) and a restaurant I had been to before also had no seats. Down the hallway a little ways was another restaurant called Busan Restaurant that had the same menu as the other two restaurants. All the restaurants in that hallway have more or less the same menu, actually. There was almost no one in Busan Restaurant so I entered, slightly worried because of the lack of custom despite it being dinner hour.

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The front of Busan Restaurant. Note the large iron pots of meat simmering away. The three main dishes of this restaurant are cow’s head soup, chicken soup with rice, and blood sausage soup with rice. They also serve steamed blood sausage and various dishes made from cow and pig offal.

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The chicken soup and a dish of cabbage gimchi. Not a piece of gut in sight! The soup was delicious and the gimchi some of the best I’ve ever eaten. While I was waiting for the soup to cool down a bit, I plucked out pieces of chicken and ate them wrapped them in leaves of gimchi. So good. The man at the next table was giving me odd looks because of this.

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The other customers, all of whom wandered in after me. I must be good for business! The woman with the bandana looks unhappy about something. Maybe her husband is eating too slowly. She should have married the fellow in the corner because he was in and out in ten minutes. Koreans, especially Korean men, eat extremely quickly. The hobbit-sized lady at the table next to me was kind, and suggested I add black pepper to my soup. I handed her things she couldn’t reach. After the meal she let out a big belch. It’s not considered a sign of satisfaction to do so in Korea. She’s just old and doesn’t care. I’m shy about taking photos of people so I pretended to be very interested in the calligraphy on the wall. Then I took out my phone and made this photo, all the while staring at the sign. Because the phone has a wide angled lens, it managed to include everyone without directly pointing at anyone.

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What a good boy am I!

After paying, I felt I had earned the right to make a short video of the iron pots and the people working. I’d be too shy, otherwise.

If you’re ever in Gangneung, I’ll bring you there for a bowl of excellent chicken soup.

 

Last of the Hipstamatic Photos

The photos in my upcoming exhibition were made using Hipstamatic for the iPhone.  I first started using the application in 2011 and made my last photos about a month ago.  It was an interesting way to do a project but I think I am done with Hipstamatic.  Now I keep my Zeiss Ikon in my bag or in my hand and the iPhone stays in my pocket.  So, in this post I am sharing the last of the Hipstamatic photos I have in my ‘For Blog’ collection in Lightroom.

Bank of Korea and Clouds
Bank of Korea and Clouds

A friend of mine was once told by security guards not to take photos of this building.  Why did they make the building so interesting if they didn’t want people to take photos?  I was behind the trees in the foreground so I probably wasn’t noticed.

Aquarium, fish, and chefs.
Aquarium, fish, and chefs.

These two chefs were taking a smoke break in front of a raw fish restaurant.  In Korea the fish are kept in tanks outside the restaurant so you can see what you’re going to eat.

Street seller and crosswalk
Street seller and crosswalk

This elderly woman lays out her fruits and vegetables on the sidewalk to sell.  Here she is just taking a rest, I think.  In the road . . . .

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Another woman selling vegetables on the sidewalk.  This is a very inconvenient place to set up because of the crosswalk but nobody says anything to her.  She is there nearly every day.

Well, that’s the end of the Hipstamatic photos and nearly the end of digital photos I have to share.  Now I need to get busy with film . . . .

Restaurant Photos

When I was still using Hipstamatic to photograph anything and everything I took a few photos of restaurants I visited.  Most were uninteresting photos of my dinners but there are a few that I still enjoy looking at.

Waiting for noodles
Waiting for noodles
Delivered!
Delivered!
I don't remember if his hair is really that high or if it was a camera effect.
I don’t remember if his hair is really that high or if it was a camera effect.
The kitchen where the noodles are made.
The kitchen where the noodles are made.