Yesterday, I was given a tip on what to order at a nearby restaurant. I wrote down the name of the dish, “dongeseu”. So, today I went in and said the word. The woman there nodded yes, then asked me a question. I just kept saying yes, and she left. She came back and asked another question, with a few choices. I motioned, I don’t know. She asked again, so I picked one.
And like everything I’ve ordered so far, it was great!
What this process is making me realize is how much information we have about our own food, that we don’t even realize.
At home, if I see a restaurant, I might be able to tell from the outside if it’s Italian, Mexican, a Burger joint, a diner, Chinese, etc. I also know what I might be able to order: Lasagna, Spaghetti, Enchiladas, Chili cheese fries, Moo goo gai pan.
Here, I don’t recognize what types of places there are, what types of food they serve, what they’re called in Korean (spoken or written), how it tastes, how to eat it.
Luckily, the prices of everything has been great. Usually you get a full lunch or dinner for less than $5. So, it’s not a big gamble, it’s just hard not to feel ignorant when your food knowledge is that of a two-year-old.