Korea makes it easy to eat out. You can find great food for reasonable prices, and oftentimes supermarket produce prices will bump your meal cost over what you’d pay at a restaurant — especially if you hunger for Western fare. That said, sometimes, it’s just nice to have a home-cooked meal. I happen to love cooking from scratch, so I do it almost every night. But there are nights where I wish that I could have all of the prep work (measuring, chopping, dicing, etc.) taken care of. Meal-kit delivery services are the perfect solution. They’re fairly common in the US, but the concept is a fresh one to Korea. So, when my friend told me about a meal-delivery service he’d recently tested, I thought I’d try to find one in Korea. Enter Mogo, Korea’s first healthy meal-kit delivery service.
There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw
Mogo was launched in October 2016 by Korean-American Joseph Hill and his team. He got his inspiration from a desire to reconnect people with the food they eat, as well as creating a healthy product which people could fit into their busy lives. According to the site, Mogo’s mission is to adhere to the following descriptors: healthy, inexpensive, variety, and convenience. Healthy in that the food is vegetarian-friendly and never has any artificial flavors, colors, chemicals or preservatives. Inexpensive in that a 2-3 serving meal currently costs between 6,500 and 10,500원. Variety in that both Korean and Western options are available, and menu items change over time. Convenient in that meals are storable for long periods of time — for the busy among us. [Read more…]