Wednesday, December 2, 2009
One of my constant laments about Oakland when I lived there was the complete lack of Korean delivery despite the abundance of great Korean restaurants. Visiting Korea showed me that many of my favorite Korean restaurants in California are true to their Korean roots--the dishes taste very similar. A few ways they differ: Korean seafood pancakes (pajeon) are served as starters in the US. In Korea they aren't served at restaurants, they are bar or street food.
The other big difference? In Korea they love to deliver your dinner straight to your door, and they give you real plates. That's right. Your bibimbap comes in a stone pot and when you are done eating it you leave it on your doorstep and the delivery guy comes back and gets it. Pretty sweet deal when you consider the fact that it only cost $4.50 to begin with and the delivery guy isn't expecting a tip for either of his journeys to get it to you.