인천국제공항 (ICN - Incheon International Airport)
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Last-minute postcards...and NOODLES!
Postcards from abroad just aren't as evocative if they don't have the foreign stamp and postmark...So, before our departure from Korea, my wife wanted to make sure to send a few from the airport post office. We went up to the fourth floor in the airy main terminal to find a restaurant where we could sit, write, and eat. Consistently rated one of the world's best airports, Seoul/Incheon International has no shortage of fancy eateries, but affordable "Global Kitchen," despite its prosaic name, is one of the best places to 'eat local.' You'll see non-Koreans in all of the international chains, but this place is popular with Korean families seeking a last taste of home before taking off. Chow down on typical fare, including "Jjajangmyun," a Chinese-Korean dish that was literally 'born' here in the port city of Incheon just over a century ago: hand-pulled white wheat noodles, enrobed in a black bean sauce, garnished with sprouts and succulent strips of calamari. Kimchi and pickled daikon radish--the red "kkak-doo-ghee" and the yellow "takuwan"--are available at a buffet of side-dishes. Serve yourself. Write home.
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