I usually do the majority of my grocery shopping for the week on Mondays right before lunch, when I switch up the menu of the week, and when there is likely to be the least amount of people in the grocery store. My usual place for grocery shopping is the big supermarket in the neighborhood, some 15~20 minute walk away from home (something that feels like eternity when you're carrying several shopping bags with you).
However, due to unusual circumstances this past Monday, I didn't get to visit the grocery store until nearly 7pm. In addition, to my own surprise I still had a ton of meat, vegetables, and eggs left for use from previous Monday's shopping trip, thus finding myself in no need to empty out the entire supermarket this time. Therefore, I first decided to see if the smaller supermarket closer to my apartment could satisfy the needs of my grocery list.
Too many people to my liking, but it couldn't be helped...
First order of business: asparagus.
I could actually get twice this amount of onion for the same price if I just went to the market right next to the grocery store, but I'm not 100% I can eat all of it within time and I don't want to throw any food to waste, so this feels more economical to me.
I also got a couple of lemons and mangoes.
The small fish section follows the fruits and vegetables aisle.
My plan for the week was to cook salmon for dinner, but... This little piece already costs $10, there's no way I could have salmon for dinner every day and still make it below my weekly food budget of $50 so I only got this one and decided that I had to get creative with what to do with the rest of the days...
Since it was already getting late after a busy day, I actually had zero desire to cook and so I got some delicious sushi to feast on instead.
The meat section. Got nothing from here this time since I still had a ton of pork waiting to be cooked at home.
In fact, it was chicken that I wanted! ...except, this is how pathetic the chicken aisle was looking. I got some overly priced chicken thighs and that's it.
The two areas, besides location, where this smaller supermarket beat the bigger one are their offering of smaller batches of fruit/vegetables for purchase (everything comes family-sized in the other one which doesn't really work for someone living alone like me) and their ready-to-go food selection. Though, admittedly, the food selection isn't always that great, just that they occasionally may offer something incredibly delicious like deep fried cream shrimp.
The sushi certainly would have been enough to fill me up for the evening, but since I was about to start Whole30 the day after, I decided to treat myself a little. This package came with a deep fried seaweed wrapped around rice, a fish cake, and a chicken skewer. Yum!
The last of the fresh food aisles. I didn't go by the rice/pasta/sauce/snack aisles because I needed nothing from there, so no pictures of those.
Not that I used to eat all that much ice cream while I was still living in Finland (my home country), but I practically don't eat ice cream here at all because all the international brands are ridiculously expensive and the Korean ice creams are rather meh in taste.
Some of the freezer food available in supermarkets here.
A small portion of the beer section. They also have a soju section and a wine section and another beer section. Koreans love their alcohol, OK? I got myself a beer to go with the dinner because 1) my recent trip to Japan woke the beer lover in me again, 2) I can't have any on Whole30, and 3) it was my anniversary with my boyfriend but due to his schedule we couldn't meet up so the least I deserve out of that is a beer by myself, right? Lol.
The end result of my grocery trip.
I definitely support the idea of non-plastic shopping bags, but unfortunately in Korea these are the same bags you have to dispose of your trash in, so I get my trash bags this way. At least I don't buy them in bulk? :/