So after walking around Jikji Temple we went to a nearby street where the specialty is Hanjeongsik, or Korean royal cuisine. Korean food is famous for banchan, or side dishes, but a Hanjeongsik meal kind of takes this to a farcical conclusion — let’s cover the entire table in side dishes, and once you sit down a waiter begins to stack new side dishes on top of the ones you haven’t had a chance to eat yet!
It was good fun, really, and it works because everything was delicious, from the grilled meat dishes to the soups to the stranger mountain roots and wild mushrooms soaked in vinegar.
It’s not cheap, but it’d be a shame not to try this kind of meal at least once. (And head to the gym the next morning.)