Wednesday, March 19, 2008
For the Love of Corn
I mentioned a while back that I would be doing a post about corn and I finally got around to it. Jesse had mentioned something to me about corn stands before I got here, but he didn't describe them in any detail. I was picturing something like in Kenya where they roast maize on little fires by the side of the road. It's delicious and very, very cheap. Imagine my surprise when, come to find out, they are selling frozen corn emptied from a bag into a pot, heated up with butter and salt and a dash of lemon juice served in a small cup. It is also quite delicious but not at all cheap. Apparently, it's "rich kid food" so these stands are everywhere that kids might be and priced accordingly. It's especially shocking coming from a country where they have to invent new foods just to use up all the excess corn.
So just how expensive is this frozen corn? Let's do a little comparison. At IKEA they have the little food stand just beyond the cash registers, just like in the States. There they sell the corn, and also a chicken shwarma sandwich (picture a hot dog bun stuffed with chicken bits and seasoning, soooo good). The sandwich which contains actual meat and is really yummy will set you back 250 fils. The cup of corn? 400 fils! And this is IKEA so you know it's the cheapest corn you can find. 400 fils is about $1.50. The corn we have in the pictures is from the Science Center so I would imagine the price would be above average. It was 750 fils, which is about $2.75! For a cup of corn! I've been here for two months and I still haven't gotten over the shock.