The Traditional Korean Meal Set

In addition, refills are free, as Koreans value generosity. Just ask the server “banchan jom deo juseyo! (반찬 좀 더 주세요!)” Finally, you will notice that there are barely any serving spoons, since Koreans usually share food as a means to bond. You are given your own rice bowl and maybe a soup bowl, but everyone feels free to reach for the food on the plate. However, lifting your rice bowl toward your mouth or stabbing your chopsticks upright in your rice is considered bad etiquette!  And so… with rice bowls firmly on the table, and chopsticks away from your rice, let’s eat! Say “jal meokgeseumnida! (잘먹겠습니다! lit. I will eat well)."

What food did I try?:

Our main course includes dduk baegi sobulgogi (뚝배기소불고기 bulgogi pot), jaeyook bokkeum (재육볶음 marinated spicy pork) and kimchi jjigae (김치찌개).

Our side dishes include japchae (잡채 sweet potato stir-fried noodles), ddeokbokki (떡볶이 spicy rice cakes), kimchi (김치 fermented cabbage), soseji yachae bokkeum (소세지야채볶음 stir-fried sausage) and kongnamul muchim (콩나물무침 soybean sprouts).

How did I feel when I tried it?:

I felt happy and full! (as I do every time I eat). This restaurant was recommended by my friend, and I am happy to report back good reviews. The meat was tender, and the spices were really flavorful. I’ve been eating Korean food for a long time, and I must say that this place will be one of my favorites from now on.

Most Korean foods are balanced, meaning there’s a good ratio of carbohydrates, protein and vegetables.