One Shot: Winter Street Food

Ajumma roasting chestnuts

Daegu residents may recognise this ajumma, who roasts chestnuts in the winter outside the express bus terminal. She serves this popular winter street food regardless of the weather, and I hope her small stove is enough to keep the frost out of her eyebrows.

She is also one of the few women I have seen smoking in public. It’s still taboo here in Korea, but getting to a certain age often means flouting social propriety. This ajumma was tougher than most, and looked like taboo was the least of her worries.

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