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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dining Out in Korea

Well, we ventured out on Tuesday to have some Korean food, but in order to achieve that, we needed to order in Korea. After some contemplation and being sure that the restaurant we chose had pictures (so that pointing could be used as a last resort), we walked in a small place in dowtown Bangbae-dong for lunch.

You are rarely given menus in these authentic Korean restaurants, but expected to order from the pictures on the walls. Each restaurant usually only offers a handful of different dishes, and you choose from those. We froze and didn't know what to order...the waitress says "Bi Bim Bap?"...and relieved that we didn't have to order in Korean, we say (with vigorous head-nodding), "Yes...and hold two fingers up for two."

With some experience under our belt, we decided to venture out again for dinner, this time to Itaewon. Itaewon is where the US Military Base is located, so lots of international people.

Here are some photos of our walk to the subway, Dongjak Station...about 15 minutes, but along a nice green walking path with lights and lots of people.

For dinner we had Bulgogi (beef in a brown sauce), Pachan (green onion pancake) and I had some cold glass noodles in a broth that had some pears and cucumbers...I have no idea what it was called, but it was delicious.

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