On my previous “Living in Korea” post, one reader commented about what she eats for breakfast. This is important stuff. This was of real concern to me before I arrived, because 1) I knew Koreans don’t really eat Western-style breakfasts, and 2) I was going to live pretty far away from places that sell Western food.
I generally eat cereal for breakfast, with some yoghurt for good measure. In the days before we flew here, I said some tearful farewells to my beloved Kelogg’s Cornflakes and Dairybelle yoghurt. But, to my utmost surprise and pleasure, the first supermarket I walked into after arriving in Korea had a whole shelf full of breakfast cereals. Cornflakes, Frosty Flakes, Fruit Loops – all sorts of stuff. Even some brand names I hadn’t seen before. Did you ever hear your parents talk about “Post Toasties”? Well, you can get them here (they’re cornflakes).
What about yoghurt? Well, that was another pleasant discovery. I haven’t seen a large variety of flavours and brands, but I’ve managed to get apricot, strawberry, pineapple, apple, and even plain yoghurt in Korea. But I’ve only managed to find small ones – about 200ml each.
Milk was another worry. I’d heard that it wasn’t widely available, though I had seen milk aplenty when I was in China. But my fears were unfounded. You can find milk at pretty much any convenience store or supermarket. And you get a choice of brands and everything. There’s even a selection of soy milk and one brand seemingly tailor-made for English teachers – ESL Milk.
Here’s an idea of how much this breakfast will set you back:
One big box (600g) of Kelogg’s Frosty Flakes: 4,400 won
One litre of milk: 2,000 won
One four-pack of 200ml yoghurts: 2,200 won
If you are in the mood for some bacon, egg and toast, you’ll have to be prepared to spend a bit more. Eggs are pretty cheap, but bacon is a bit hard to find, and pretty expensive when you do. I did find a pack the other day, and it cost about 4,000 won for 100 grams. But it did taste good!
Bread can be found everywhere, and you can find yourself a toaster in most major supermarkets. I just use a pan to make myself some toast. Easy (and cheap!).