- 06 January 2015
On the mountain on a budget in Korea? Want to eat well without burning a hole in your pocket? Easily done.
Our travel party includes 3 growing teenage boys with appetites to match, so lunch on the mountain each day for 3 weeks will start adding up quickly. While a steaming hot bowl of noodles or pork cutlet and rice with a variety of sides will only set you back about USD $11.00 (KRW 12,000) you can also find your fill in some delicious soy and vegetables 'mandu' (steamed rice buns) for about USD $1.30 (KRW 1,400) a piece, 4 of which will keep you going for a couple of hours. At both Yongpyong Ski Resort and Phoenix Park there are some great little kiosks selling tasty takeaway. A Turkish kebab (OK, not as great as some from home) comes in at about USD $5.00 (KRW 4,500), a cheese and meat toasted sandwich from Isaacs about the same and a passable Chilly dog from NY Hotdog just a little less.
For the even more budget conscious, the Korean noodle cup staple lends itself to the perfect lunchtime meal. They pack well into a compact backpack, and rounded off with some fruit (nutritious bananas are not too expensive here and readily available at the supermarket), delicious chic-chip cookies and a bar of chocolate (the local Ghana brand is yummmo), you can probably bring in lunch for less than USD $5.00 (KRW 4,500) per day. Hot water is found at most of the mountain cafe spots - just be sure to check if you can eat your 'outside' food indside. Don't feel like hauling a backpack around? The small convenience stores found in most resort ski houses will also often sell individual noodle cups, mandu and hot drinks that won't break the bank.
Be sure to keep hydrated while having fun too!