Adventures in Eating & Cooking
After my friends and I finished filming for an AP Chinese project in Koreatown (as ironic as this sounds), we went to grab a bite at the cheapest, fastest Korean restaurant in the area: WooRiJip.
is like the Korean version of Cafe Zaiya. They both serve food grab-n-go style, with a wide selection of boxed lunch sets, sushi/kimbap rolls, and other various ready-to-eat packages. This is especially convenient for all the busy workers and students in the city.
Although most customers just pick up their food and leave, the restaurant itself provides generous seating and…free self-serve water! (similar to being in a doctor’s office) This saves the time and economic burden of purchasing a drink. Plus, you can get as many refills as you like.
Most of my friends and I felt like eating sushi or kimbap (Korean version of sushi, difference lies mostly in the ingredients used).
Aside from kimbap, Oniichan (the carnivorous one) bought a box of sweet & sour chicken, which tasted like the usual sweet & sour chicken one buys at Chinese take-out. The only difference is that WooRiJip’s wasn’t as fried and oily.
I also bought my favorite WooRiJip item: kimchi jun (picked vegetable pancake). Unnie agrees that WooRiJip’s kimchi jun are very authentic. Best eaten when warm, the kimchi jun are spicy, sour, and savory all at once. This is best explained by the large proportion of kimchi in the pancake.
Lastly Ewica bought us a ricecake sampler to share. I’m not sure what exactly is in the three ricecakes, but they were all thick, chewy, sticky, and sweet, as ricecakes should be.
Conclusion: Food is mediocre, but satisfying. Cheap, fast, convenient. I come here often with friends because we’re poor students. Go for the Korean food, avoid Japanese food. Boxed lunches are stored in temperature-insulated cabinets, so the food is nice and warm when you eat it!