Korean Food Stall In PH Lets Customers “Pay What They Can”

A Korean student in the Philippines is selling authentic Korean dishes at no particular price. Kim Do Hyun is a 19-year-old English student in Valencia, Negros Occidental. As part of her final project, Kim decided to open a food cart dedicated to serving “homemade” Korean dishes.

Using her own money, Kim’s idea of catering to the less fortunate was made a reality. The food cart came into being and was parked at Rizal Boulevard and Quezon Park. The project is known as the “Banana Flower Has Bloomed”.

Korean stall
Image credit: Kara Martinez Dumasis FB page

Apparently, the cart has been pushing out dish after dish – with many customers recommending the Kimbap, Kimchi Pilad, and a variety of Kimchi side dishes. “Banana Flower Has Bloomed” was open for a total of four days. And sticking true to her mission, everyone was able to purchase a dish – even if they paid as little as a peso.  True as it is, Kim has let everyone taste her homemade Korean dishes even if they could only afford to give one peso.

As of writing time, Kim has to return to Korea to continue her school. Nevertheless, this humble little cart will apparently be continuing business as she’s already secured the necessary permits to keep it open. Someone else will be taking over her altruistic cause and will continue to serve delicious Korean dishes to whoever wants them.

The project was brought to light when customer, Kara Dumasis, shared her experience on Facebook. She told of how Kim had invited an elderly lady to try food from the stall – when the latter declined due to lack of funds, Kim said that a pero or 25 centavos would be enough as payment.

Korean food
Image credit: Kara Martinez Dumasis FB page

Last Saturday, Kara Dumasis, one of Kim’s customers, posted her great experience on Facebook. In it, she said that Kim has invited an old lady to try her Korean food. However, the latter has declined the offer because she has no money. Instead of letting the old lady go, Kara said that Kim told her that 1 pesos or a 25 centavo coin is enough.

The post received over 14,000 likes and around 4,000 shares. To date, Kim has earned less than P10,000 despite shelling out P15,000 for the stall and ingredients. She shares that she isn’t bothered that her stall did not break-even and that she was inspired by a cafe in South Korea with the same initiative. 

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