You’re busy in town. No time for a nice relaxing lunch. Not enough money anyway. What to do? Here in Korea, it’s easy.
You pop into your nearest mini-mart, perhaps a 7-Eleven. You buy a carton of noodles from the vast choice available – think pot noodles with dozens of flavours to choose between. You buy a mug of coffee that so far is simply a cardboard cup with a sachet included.
You pay. You collect chopsticks, and sit yourself down at a table to get organised. There’s the hot water dispenser. There’s the microwave. Get cooking. Relax! Enjoy your food, your drink. Sit down for a few minutes and count your change.
That lunch – and it wasn’t too bad at all – cost about £1.50.