To make a quick meal taste even better, Koreans often mix and match convenience store foods. You can even search YouTube for recipe ideas, such as “legendary combination of foods found in convenience stores,” or “a heavenly taste combination for less than 10,000 won ($8.90).”
|Reporters from The Korea Herald tried making a “Banzz Set,” a combination of pizza, chicken, tteokbokki and cheese|
Here are a few recipes that are loved by Koreans and widely shared on social media.
1. The Mark set (spaghetti + tteokbokki + sausage + cheese)
If you had to come up with a list of the most popular convenience store food combinations in Korea, the Mark set would definitely be near the top.
A K-pop fan created the dish and named it after her favorite GOT7 member just to get his name out there.
“The recipe has nothing to do with GOT7’s Mark, but you must call it the ‘Mark set’ because I’m his fan and I created it!” the founder wrote in a social media message accompanying the recipe.
Just as his fan hoped, Mark got more attention when her recipe caught on among young Koreans.
|The Mark set|
Instant spaghetti, Instant tteokbokki, Sausage, Pizza cheese
1. Cook the instant spaghetti and tteokbokki. To get the perfect Mark set, it’s crucial to add slightly less water to the tteokbokki -- 1/2 centimeter to 1 centimeter less than the directions call for -- and microwave it for 3 minutes.
2. Cook the sausage in the microwave.
3. Mix the cooked spaghetti and tteokbokki.
4. Cut the sausage into pieces, put the pieces on the cooked spaghetti and tteokbokki, and sprinkle pizza cheese on top.
5. Microwave for about 15 to 30 seconds, until the cheese melts.
2. The Banzz set (sliced pizza + smoked chicken + tteokbokki + cheese)
The Banzz set is named after the creator of a YouTube “meokbang” (eating show), because it was Banzz who first introduced Koreans to this recipe. Though he used takeout when he made the very first Banzz set for his followers, he later provided the easy version of the recipe, replacing the ingredients with foods that could easily be found in convenience stores.
“The ‘Mark set’ has been going viral these days, and I was jealous,” Banzz said in his video. “So today, I’m going to mix three ingredients and figure out how they taste.”
After he tried the combination, he gave the thumbs-up sign to show he approved. The recipe soon garnered massive popularity among his fans and among Koreans, who enjoy spicy flavors.
Frozen pizza slice, Instant tteokbokki, Smoked chicken, String cheese, Ketchup if desired
1. Microwave the frozen pizza slice and smoked chicken separately for 2 minutes each, and microwave the tteokbokki for 3 minutes.
2. Put the smoked chicken and tteokbokki on the cooked pizza and cover it with string cheese.
3. Microwave for 1 1/2 seconds.
4. Add ketchup according to your preference.
3. Spicy noodle rice (buldak spicy chicken ramen + triangle-shape gimbap + string cheese)
If you love spicy food, you must have heard of “buldak spicy chicken ramen.” The ramen, better known as “fire noodles,” is commonly featured on YouTube videos that show spicy food challenges.
For those who want the benefits of spicy food but can’t handle the intense burning, Koreans have invented “spicy noodle rice,” which is easy to make from convenience store products. The combination of the spicy noodles, triangle gimbap and string cheese will moderate the crazy hot flavor of the ramen and instantly soothe your burning tongue.
Buldak spicy chicken ramen, Triangle gimbap (mayo-tuna flavor recommended), String cheese
1. Cook buldak spicy chicken ramen and cut noodles into small pieces.
2. Put a triangle gimbap and some string cheese into the cooked buldak spicy chicken ramen.
3. Microwave the whole combination for 15 to 30 seconds, until the cheese melts.
4. Mix well and enjoy!
By Park Ju-young (firstname.lastname@example.org)