Monday, March 14, 2011


We have a small luxury living in Daegu: there is a Costco here. This means we can buy things like cheese, bread, and tortillas, items that rarely exist in Korea. Both Beth and I love Korean food and eat this for most meals, but every now and then it's nice to have a bagel with cream cheese.

The food court here in Costco is ridiculous. People are going crazy for the pizza, usually it is impossible to find a seat. The food court looks exactly like one in the states, with one small difference. They have what I've dubbed an "onion mill," this machine that looks like a meat grinder. It isn't grinding the onions though, they just pour pre-cut onions into the top of this thing while people crank 'em out onto their plate.

And boy do they crank 'em. I've seen 6" tall piles of onions on plates, smothered with ketchup and mustard. The only sense that I can make of this is that Koreans are so accustomed to side dishes that they see this as just that, not as a topping. It's really gross to see, the onions actually look like nuggets of corn they get so saturated with condiments.

This isn't the best video, but you can see the onions coming out of the mill. This is a VERY conservative serving.


  1. The Costco's in Richmond have the onion mill. Pretty tasty with the $1.50 hot dog / drink combo.

  2. So do Koreans think Americans treat onions as a stand-alone side?

    I never thought about a place where cheese is hard to come by. That might make life less happy.