Looking for a cheap way to have fun on a slow weeknight? Pop by this Korean grocery store, wander the aisles, and let the packages and seafood overwhelm you. Then grab a few ingredients you've never seen before (packaged items without English writing are the best) and head home for research and a meal you've never tried. Along with aisles devoted to every kind of instant noodle dish you can imagine and dozens of chili sauces, you can pick up seasonal kimchi, aloe drinks, fish cakes, cuttlefish, or snails. Not feeling that adventurous? There's an aisle full of cookies, candies, and cakes for hesitant palates, and for a sure-fire delight try instant chili soba noodles and mushroom-shaped chocolate-coated cookies reminiscent of Pocky. Of course, the fun is in the mystery. Remember, elsewhere in the world that bag of dried fish is a treasured snack for someone; maybe it'll be your new favorite indulgence.
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