Dining in South Korea

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Categories of Restaurant
  • Hanjeonsik
    (Korean dishes)
They offer traditional Korean dishes.
  • Gimbapjip
Cheap restaurant. They offer Gimbap, Tteokbokgi, Noodle, etc.
  • Joongukjip
Chinese restaurant
  • Ilsik
Japanese restaurant
  • Yansik
Western dishes
  • Family Resturant
They offer divers dishes like Japanese, Chinese, Western dishes.
  • Fast Food
Like McDonald's, Burger King
  • Pojangmacha
    (Street vendor)
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.


Price Indications

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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