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Korean Food

How to find and eat traditional food while biking in Korea.

Where can you get the freshest meal in Korea? Simple. Korean restaurants.

Korea’s fast food and Western-style restaurants serve familiar dishes: burgers, pizza, pasta. But the nation’s limited farmland makes cow and pig bits scarce. Owners often “substitute” ingredients to save a few won (₩).

Want organic and locally sourced? Search for traditional Korean spots. Dine on almighty kimchi, Korean barbecue, and savory noodles in their purest forms.

A picture of noodles cooking in a pot in a restaurant in Korea.
A traditional Korean set-up. They'll serve up the side dishes and prepare the pot. You'll cook up the noodles (국수) and meat (고기).

How To Eat

So you plop down on the floor of a Korean restaurant. Take off your helmet and glance at the menu on the wall. Oh, no! Where’s the English? All you see are rows of Hangul (한굴) priced any between ₩6,000 ($5) to ₩50,000 ($42).

₩50,000 for lunch? Don’t worry. We’ll explain.

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