While we eat at restaurants a good bit in Korea, we had been putting off ordering delivery for some time due to the language barrier. We recently ordered food delivery in Korea and thought it would be a good idea to better explain how it works here! Many restaurants, even in rural areas, offer delivery. We used an awesome food delivery ordering service, which we will discuss in greater detail in our next blog post.
For our first experience, we decided to order Korean Chinese food. This is a bit different than Americanized Chinese food, but there are a couple of dishes that are somewhat similar. We ordered Tangsuyuk (탕수육) which is crispy fried pork with a sweet dipping sauce that also has vegetables in it. It’s really good and is somewhat similar to the sweet and sour chicken found at home. We also ordered Bokum Jjampong (볶음짬뽕) which is a fried noodle dish with a spicy seafood and vegetable sauce. This dish is unlike anything I’ve had at home.
In Korea, takeout is handled a little differently. For one, there is no delivery charge (if ordering directly from the restaurant). We used a delivery service to make the process easier, so they add a small charge. The restaurant itself doesn’t charge for delivery. In addition, there is no tipping. This is also the case with eating out at a restaurant in Korea. Since we’ve both worked in the restaurant business back home, this took some getting used to! Just like when dining at a restaurant, you’re also given complementary side dishes.
The greatest difference, however, is the fact that your food isn’t delivered in disposable containers. Unless it’s a pizza (which comes in the standard cardboard pizza box), you’ll be getting your food delivered on real plates and will be given proper utensils! The delivery person will bring you your meal. When you’re finished eating, all you need to do is place your plates outside of your apartment. The delivery person will come back later in the day to pick everything up. This was a shock to us at first, but it’s really kind of cool! Also, delivery in Korea is usually very fast! You can easily receive your order within 15 minutes!
Did you know that in Korea, fast food can also be delivered?! This isn’t offered in our rural area, but is offered, even in small cities. McDonalds offers McDelivery — and many offer this service 24/7! Craving a Big Mac after a late night of drinking? It’s all yours!
Food delivery in Korea is a little different, but very convenient! Look out for our next blog post which will discuss a great delivery ordering company that makes ordering food in Korea easier than ever!