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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Korean Restaurants

Sunday, February 7, 2010
The language barrier can be challenging to navigate in Korea.  To order food, Carol and I end up doing a lot of pointing at pictures with restaurant staff. At least the pictures on the outside of many restaurants make it easy to identify what type of restaurant it is.  Here's what I mean.

Pictures of pigs means this is a pork restaurant.  Samgyupsal is one of the family's favorites.

This place specializes in puffer fish.  The poisonous puffer fish has to be prepared properly, otherwise you could die, or at a minimum, feel like you've eaten a mouthful of your dentist's novocaine.

This is obviously a chicken and beer place.

I think you get the picture.  This is a crab restaurant.

This one is a little tougher to decipher.  Pink body, bulbous head, tentacled legs, multiple appendages - yup, it's an octopus place.  Spicy octopus is one of my favorites, by the way.

With most of the animal pictures on restaurants, it seems like the animals are always smiling, as if they're happy to be butchered and eaten.  I guess it's more appetizing to see happy expressions than big dead "x's" across their eyes.  It's definitely a different strategy from the Chic-fil-a cows back in the US, where the bovines' whole point is for us to eat the other guy.

I do miss a nice Chic-fil-a sandwich.  Best chicken sandwich ever.  BTW, not sure if the Chic-fil-a cows advertising campaign would've been so successful in Korea.  Koreans were pretty sensitive about US beef and the whole mad cow disease thing.  Cows painting signs might not have gone over so well.  Just saying.  C2


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