[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Waste not, want not at restaurantsWhen a Japanese friend went to a restaurant during his first visit to Korea to eat galbi, he ordered a serving for one. The waiter said that the minimum order was for two persons. It was delicious but too much for one person, he said. I told him that Koreans usually go to eat out with someone else, but he found that hard to understand.
Some days ago, I went to the west coast with my husband and experienced the same thing. I was not feeling well, but my husband wanted to eat fish soup. It cost 30,000 won ($25) and was too much for one, so we left without ordering anything.
In Japan, everybody can enjoy a small portion of food suitable for one person, even in Korean restaurants.
Tourists who come here alone will have trouble ordering meals. We should globalize our restaurants and accommodate single diners.
by Lee Yun-jin