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Overwhelmed in Seoul

hanspetersen | | Jul 17, 2013 03:34 AM

I'm in Seoul for two weeks, and even though I thought I was moderately knowledgeable about Korean food I'm having a somewhat tough time of it.

Street food is no problem, because for the most part you can see what you're getting. Ditto for the big markets (Gwangjang!). But restaurants are trickier - I'm finding it hard to figure out what each specializes in (even though I studied up on Hangul before my arrival).

I'm mostly eating solo. I get the impression that makes kalbi difficult (I went into one place, they pretty much refused to serve me). Had some excellent pig's feet (near Dongguk University), but the smallest sized serving was enormous, clearly meant for more than one. What's the strategy here for eating alone?

I'm staying near Hyehwa, near Sungkyunkwan University, so it's a neighborhood that doesn't seem accustomed to many Western diners - which is fine, but it seems to raise the barriers to entry. Suggested strategies would be appreciated!

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