Cadet Summer Training

CULP Korea-an Authentic Korean BBQ Experience

By Cadet Casey Madayag

Authentic Korean barbecue at a local restaurant the cadets ate at in Itaewon, Seoul.

Authentic Korean barbecue at a local restaurant where Cadets ate at in Itaewon, Seoul. Photo by Jennifer Blunt.

On the first day after we arrived at Yongsan, we walked into downtown Itaewon to experience the local shops and restaurants. For lunch, our cadre, Master Sgt. Seo, took us all to an authentic Korean Barbeque or Yakiniku restaurant. Yakiniku restaurants have miniature grills set right in the middle of the table where the waitresses will grill whatever meat you wanted right there in front of you.

Cadet Casey Madayag from Seattle University in Itaewon, Seoul, experiencing traditional Korean cold noodles and barbecue.

Cadet Casey Madayag, from Seattle University, experiencing traditional Korean cold noodles and barbecue in Itaewon, Seoul. Photo by Jennifer Blunt.

Coming from Hawaii, there are not a lot of Yakiniku restaurants, and being able to eat at this type of restaurant in the place from where it originated, was a very humbling experience. The service was amazing, and the waitresses were constantly hovering over us to make sure we had enough to eat and drink. The meat was grilled to perfection and although it was cut into small pieces, after about fifteen minutes of constantly eating , we got full pretty fast. I particularly loved eating the lettuce wrap, which is a piece of meat and rice placed inside a lettuce.

In the end, eating at the Yakiniku restaurant was a great cultural experience because it showed just how generous Korean people are and how delicious their food is.

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