Joshua from An American in Geoje and his friend Michael recently had a very ZenKimchi experience dear to my heart. They went to what seems like a makkoli bar and randomly tried the food there. Makkoli bars are shamelessly traditional–to the point that the guys were served Beondaeggi 번댁기 (Silkworm Larvae) in lieu of peanuts when they sat down.
And get this… they weren’t too squeamish about them. Michael seemed to enjoy them. They then ordered something random off the menu. They can read Korean but are still learning what the words mean. So they had already started eating their order before Joshua bothered checking his dictionary to find out what it was.