For my last blog post about a food item, I decided to drag some friends to Honeypig, a Korean BBQ restaurant. It had great atmosphere and great food. Almost everything was in Korean. Waiters were shouting in Korean, all the signs had a Korean translation, and K-Pop music videos were playing on the TVs. I felt like I was really getting a Korean experience.
But where did this all start?
In the 1970s and 1980s, Korean immigration to the United States rose because of economic turmoil back in Korea. So, when Korean population started rising to 2.7% of the entire population, it was easy for Korean restaurants and dishes to become more popular. An interesting note about Korean dishes is that although they shared their dishes to America, they weren’t looking to gain massive popularity. That’s why Korean food, as of now at least, is very much authentic. According to John Surico of Serious Eats, they don’t have their own version of the pad thai or General Tso’s. My Korean friend Ben agrees. He says that Honeypig actually serves very authentic dishes.