Help ordering Korean food
We are going to a Korean restaurant that recently opened in the area. I have only eaten Korean twice in my life; the last time being twenty years ago.
I would like some recommendations for what to order. Bulgogi is the only thing I'm really familiar with. I don't like organ meats but am game for most anything else. My wife is pickier; I figure Bulgogi for her.
We had Bulgogi, Galbi-gui, fried dumplings and a seafood pancake. It was all very good.
When I began to order I started with a beef soup then added Bibim bap and was ordering two entrees when the waiter stopped me in obvious distress. "Too big" (holding his arms wide apart) and we determined that we were ordering way too much food for two people. So I ended up ordering just the two beef entrees which he said came with Miso soup.
After eating that I was still hungry so we finished the meal off with the two appetizers.
When we got there we were the only people in the place, fortunately two more couples and a family came in shortly after. This restaurant would seat at least two hundred.
I fear they will not be in business long. The prices were, I think, out of line for this area. Our four dishes and hot tea cost $70 with tip. For comparison, the all you can eat Chinese trough around the corner is probably $10.99. The best restaurant in town is an Italian place where you would be very hard pressed to spend more than $25 a person.
My favorite thing to order is kwang uh mae un tang (spicy halibut soup). It's full of veggies, tofu, and sometimes noodles.
An ideal meal for me would be hae mul pah jun (seafood pancake), bulgogi or galbi (short ribs), ojinga bokum (spicy stir-fried squid) and some sort of soup or stew.
It really depends on what type of restaurant it is, but assuming it's got a big menu and a table grill, i would recommed some combination of the following:
Galbi on the table.
Yuk whe (raw beef)
Chap chae (noodles)
Soon dubu (soft tofu soup)
Je Yuk Bokum (Spicy pork skillet) OR Nakji Bokum (octopus skillet)
Bossam (pork belly with kimchi and oyster)
Bibim Bap (rice mixed with stuff) OR Dol Sot Bibim Bap (mixed rice in hot pot)
I go out for korean quite a bit with my non-Korean buds and those are always the favorites.
If you're feeling a little more adventurous, two of my favorite funky korean soups are GopChang Jun Gol/Nae Jang tang (intestine soup) and Hae Jang Gook (Blood cake soup).
The Korean joint close to me is known for it's Bulgoki so I really don't eat many other things there, cause it's wonderful. It'd definently be the best option for beginners.
As far as an appetizer Man Doo, are simply steamed or fried dumplings like in many other asian foods. But I really recommend an order of Kim Bop, it's a Korean sushi made wide with cooked beef and veggies.
For an entrée other than Bulgoki, chap chae is really great. It's a sweet potato noodles dish with veggies and sometimes meat. Or Galbi-gui, broiled short ribs is always pretty solid and a pretty safe bet.
But there's a great website for getting acquainted with Korean food, it explains the dishes and gives really great pictures also.
Hope this helps! Enjoy!!!!