After living in Korea for a little while, I came to realize that food delivery is a BIG thing here. I'm not talking just McDonalds and Burger King. All sorts of restaurants deliver! How did I come to learn this? Well, every day I would come home and see a delivery moped parked outside my officetel. And every other day I'd share an elevator with a delivery man. Oh, that torturous, tantalizing smell of chicken... (Fried chicken seems to be the most common thing ordered, at least from what I noticed in my officetel.)
They’d also post ads on my door quite often. Chinese food, Korean food, pizza, pasta, small finger foods, big group plates~ The ads ranged from little papers to full on booklets, equipped wwith magnetic strips as to stick on my door!
Some of the chains are endorsed by celebrities, so you might see some familiar faces on these advertisements. Gongyu, Suzy from Miss A, MC Yoo~ Now that’s not to say that only big chains deliver. Little Korean restaurants do too! In fact, in my neighborhood I’d often see ajummas carry trays of food ontop of their heads while delivering to nearby businesses on foot!
I had always wanted to try food delivery, but I was too scared because of my bad Korean. And that's where Yogiyo comes in! Yogiyo (요기요) which means "here" in Korean. (Well, technically it’s 여기요, but let’s not go into that. :P) Yogiyo is both an app and a website that lets you order food delivery!
I heard about it from my fat boss, but I had also seen lots of ads on Youtube for it. Personally I found the ads a bit disgusting because of how piggylike the people were eating… (It's my pet peeve.) But don’t let me keep you from enjoying them!
I'll make a little guide later about how to order, but just know that it's really fast and painless! Here is me filling out the address form:
(My pictures have bad lighting because this was a case of late-night munchies~)
As for me, I thought I'd start my initiation into the world of food delivery with a basic black bean noodles. But since they had a minimum purchase of 9,000₩, I got some dumplings too! If I remember correctly, the noodles were 5,000₩ and the dumplings were 4,000₩. This is the confirmation page I got after ordering:
And within 10 minutes, there was a knock on the door from the delivery man!
What happened next really surprised me. When I opened the door, he started walking towards me. I wasn't sure what was happening, so I backed up. But he kept walking towards me, and I was forced to keep backing up. Eventually this awkward cornering stopped when was fully inside my entryway. The door had closed and he was right about to step into my actual house.
That's when he put down a big metal box. He knelt down, slid up the side door of the box, and took out my food. He placed the bowls on the floor (my actual floor, not my entryway floor.)
Aha, so that's why he came in! He had to put the box down to take out my food! Now I know~ (However, the second time I got food I automatically backed up and the delivery man was confused and awkwardly came inside. I noticed later by observing my neighbors that for small things [small boxes of fried chicken, for example] they don't necessarily have to come into your home if they can just give it to you then and there. Embarrassing~ )
I asked the man how much it was, and the price he gave me was a 500₩ more than the price on Yogio’s website. I paid anyway. If he was trying to cheat me 500₩ (50cents), then he’s a petty man… But besides that, no delivery fee or tip! I only paid the cost of the food.
This time my food came in Styrofoam bowls:
Here you can see the noodles look like before mixing the sauce~
Everything is covered in plastic wrap, and boy is it a pain to remove!
After tearing it apart, my feast is finally ready!
It tasted alright~~ (I'm quite picky ^^) But it definitely tastes like the restaurants I've had!
Overall, I had a good experience! I can’t get over how SUPER convenient it is! Coming from the suburbs of California, food delivery of this level is a new concept to me. It's like a whole new world of possibility...
What kind of food delivery do you have around you? I’m curious about big cities in America as well as other countries!