South Korea releases guide standarizing Korean menu items
South Korea’s Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released its guide for the standard Romanization of the 124 top Korean dishes, including English language descriptions of these items.
Korean restaurateurs and intrigued foodies have been awaiting publication of this book since August 2009. The booklet, which can be downloaded in ebook format, includes explanations of favorite Korean foods, such as kimchi, kimbap, bulgogi, and kimchi jjigae. This booklet was written for Korean restaurants on both sides of the Pacific to encourage the popularization of hansik (Korean cuisine).
If Korean restaurants take this guide seriously, Korean menus will be more accurate but less amusing.
For more information, go to Korea’s food blog at Korea.net.