Inching Our Way Out!

Incheon International Airport (IIA) (인천국제공항, sometimes referred to as Seoul-Incheon International Airport) is the largest airport in South Korea. It is the primary airport serving the Seoul National Capital Area, and is also one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. For nine years in a row (2005–2013), it was rated the best airport worldwide by Airports Council International. The airport has a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, ice skating rink, a casino, indoor gardens and a Museum of Korean Culture. Airport authorities claim that average departure and arrival takes only 19 minutes (60 minutes world-wide industry average) and 12 minutes (45 minutes) respectively, significantly lower than the rest of the world, making it one of the fastest airports in the world for customs processing. Its duty-free shopping mall has been rated the world’s best for three years in a row in 2012 by Business Traveler. Incheon International Airport also claims that it has only a 0.0001% baggage mishandling rate. – Wikipedia

The information gathered from Wikipedia seemed impressive but I have one grouse (not the game bird) – the food we had sucked!

We were inching our way out of Korea (flight got delayed and we wouldn’t be able to catch our connecting flight in Kuala Lumpur in time to Singapore and that sucked too!) with food that’s below standard.

Seoul Korea Day 4

Beef Rice.

Seoul Korea Day 4

Seafood Jjajangmyeon.
Jjajangmyeon is a noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (black bean sauce), diced pork and vegetables, and sometimes also seafood.

Seoul Korea Day 4

Bibimbap (Mixed Rice) is a signature Korean dish.

Seoul Korea Day 4

Tasted bleh!

Cafés and snack bars, ice cream parlours and fast-food outlets abound at Seoul Incheon International Airport, with eateries and restaurants serving south Korean and western cuisines.

We wanted to indulge in Korean cuisine one last time!

Perhaps we had eaten so many good food in Seoul city over the past few days that we have become Korean food snobs but I beg to differ. The food looked yummy on camera but yucky on the tongue. I can safely say that this was the worse meal and service we had experienced during this trip.

Airports are the main entrance/departure gate for travellers visiting any country. I do think that all airports should try to work with F&B establishments that are capable of producing good food and service. It is sad that we had to leave Seoul with a sour taste in our mouths.

Having said that, I’m sure there are plenty of nice outlets in Incheon International Airport. Like I said before, taste is subjective. Just our luck to have picked the wrong one but we know which restaurant to avoid in our future visit now.

Happy discovering 🙂

2 Responses to “Inching Our Way Out!”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    This will probably make you shake your head in disgust, but within airports, I stick to McDonalds or KFC – there’s safety in something familiar. 🙂

    • Sam Han says:

      That would be good choices had I known. No shaking of head as that’s what we had 20 years ago in S Korea – McDonald’s, couldn’t get used to Seoul food then 🙂

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