Similar to Toronto, the city truly comes alive with the influx of tourists on the weekend. Whether toting bulky cameras or brand name shopping bags, this crowd allows downtown shops to flourish with new business.
Upon exiting the SkyTrain station, my feet began carrying me in the direction of H-Mart. Consisting of two floors, this H-Mart not only carried groceries and prepared foods such as japchae, it also consisted of a small dining area with bar seats to enjoy bingsoo in three different sizes. Half of the first floor had also been dedicated to the sale of Tony Moly products and cartoon-style socks à la Night Market.
Touring the main floor, I discovered an interesting selection of Korean manhwa, imported fashion magazines, and even audio tapes - something that has gone obsolete in most libraries.
Their sole savoury option on their list of recommendations was the Teriyaki Chicken Mayo Crepe. I had nothing to lose, so I placed my order and headed inside to explore the quarters of the store while the couple prepared my Japanese crepe. Apparently, Konbinya has a special section dedicated to matcha-flavoured snacks!
Bingsoo was offered in two sizes: Regular and Large, each differing by a price point of three to four dollars. In addition to syrup- and fruit-based flavours, Snowy Village also offered caffeinated beverages and Croissant Taiyaki. An extra-large Melon Bingsoo, which I was informed was crafted from a whole honeydew melon, was being offered as a limited-time summer product between the months of June and August.