Dining in South Korea
- Categories of Restaurant
- They offer traditional Korean dishes.
- Cheap restaurant. They offer Gimbap, Tteokbokgi, Noodle, etc.
- Chinese restaurant
- Japanese restaurant
- Western dishes
- Family Resturant
- They offer divers dishes like Japanese, Chinese, Western dishes.
- Fast Food
- Like McDonald's, Burger King
- They offer divers treats like Gimbap, Tteokbokgi, Sundae, Eomuk, Twigim Bungeo-ppang, etc.
- Rules For Eating Out
- Lunch is usually served between 11 am and 2 pm and the dinner 5 pm to 10 pm. Rules vary from one establishment to another, but it is generally usual to pay the bill directly at the cashdesk after the meal. It is not usual to leave a tip.
Koreans traditionally take turns paying for meals or drinks. In general, elders or superiors most often offer to pick up the tab. However, young Koreans are increasingly adopting the "Dutch treat"concept whereby each person pays for their own meal.
|Economy Meal||From EUR2.5 to 3.6|
|Medium Price Meal||From EUR5 to 11|
|Good Quality Meal||Above EUR72|
- Food Specialties
- These days Korean cuisine is characterized by a wide variety of wild greens and vegetables. Various fermented and preserved foods, such as kimchi (fermented spicy cabbage), jeotgal (matured seafood with salt) and doenjang (fermented soy bean paste) are notable for their unique flavor and high nutritional value.
- It is possible to find alcoholic drinks at bars or restaurants or wine shops: Beer, Soju (Korean rice alcohol), western alcohol and wine (mostly imported), etc.
- Dietary Restrictions
- Table Manners
Koreans serve the complete meal at once in many dishes and all the group take food from the dishes.
You should use a warm towel only for washing hands. Put the warm towel on the table after using it.
When eating with a person who is older than you, let him/her begin eating first. Let the eldest person sit farthest away from the door, which is considered the best seat. Let the elder pick up his spoon, fork, or chopsticks first.
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