It is distinct, with it's selection of pickled vegetables and side dishes. I can't really give you a full guided tour of the best dishes of Korea (I am still discovering half of them, and the ones I have had I do not always know the name). Often enough, I just enter a restaurant and order what looks good. And trust me, it is all good.
|Restaurants are literally everywhere! Walk two feet and try somewhere new.|
Places to eat are plentiful. Though in my town, Pyeongnae, everything is Korean food. This is great if you want amazing local cuisine (less so when you are dying for something a little more familiar). But eating out is cheap. And I mean significantly cheaper than buying groceries and making it yourself. With a large filling meal, plus drinks, for two costing around $10-15, it is hard to not spend every night cruising the hundreds of little mom and pop restaurants.
|Soups, noodles, fried dumplings in a rich spicy sauce.|
When eating out doesn't work for you on a busy schedule or a need for something that doesn't come with a pile of kimchi, then it is off to the markets. There are convenience stores (I live above one) or supermarkets. You can take a cab to a larger town to visit the megamarts, or in the case of last week, go to a traditional market. Of course I have no clue how to cook half the things we saw at this outside market of fish and vegetables. But for amazing street food and really cool stands of the freshest catches, there is no where else to go.
|mounds of octopodes|
|squid, eels and rays. no idea how to cook them, but I bet it is amazing.|
|Making mandoo at midnight|