A lot of people don't know how to order Korean food. Korean food is consist of 4 to 6 side dishes and main dish. No matter what you order they bring out side orders. It's basic appetizers. We normally order only the main dish like kimchee soup, yellow bean soup, stringy noodle, bibimbob which is vegetable on rice. Some restaurants provide different side dish depends on the menu. I always get kimchee when I order kimchee soup but in some restaurants in Canada they don't give kimchee when I order kimchee soup which I think is no good. I want my kimchee with kimchee soup; why not?
People usually order 2 main dishes and get out. However you sometimes see a group of people drinking and they order a lot of dishs. They are colleages. They get a office dinning out like once a month with company paying for their special dinner. And sometimes you see family eating BBQ or pancakes or fried dumplings or pork belly meat with cabage wrap and spicy pickled condiment. Family have dinning out regulary each month. If you are with someone or group, it's always good to order something like that. But you should remember that you have to leave your stomach space for the main course. Rice is very fulfilling so you don't want to mess around before you eat it.
Menus are varied; with soup, over the rice, bbq, and some noodle. Koreans are not crazy about noodles unless it's summer. There is spicy and non spicy stringy noodle. It's cold so people like it in summer. They ususally order as desert after they eat BBQ because BBQ is little and it's not that fullfilling. If you want a lot of meat, you might want to try BBQ buffet. You can get table BBQ unlimited otherwise it's too much money to order more than 1 serve per person.
stringly noodle - there are spicy ones and spicy one with sting ray sushi which is my favorite. They put a lot of message for waterly one, but spicy one could be real challege if you are first time challenger.
You just don't want to spend too much money on things that hurts your budget because you want to come back whenever you want to come back. And people don't usually order japanese food in a Korean restaurant. They only order it in a Japanese restaurant or a Korean Japanese restaurant.
Korean waitress and waiters are different than western's. They work like a slave according to my friend's observation but what they want is finish bring the food and call it a day. They can be called from far. You just have to raise your hand when they are looking at your side. Then they come and you ask more side dish or condiments or water. It's hard to get their attention sometimes and you have to wait until they look at your side and if it's emegency you call them by saying "excuse me." loud enough that they can hear. Some waitress are slacking but there is nothing you can do about it believing they are trying to serve you hard. You can ask any worker for help there is no designated waiter or waitress.
Popular Korean Dishes
Yellow Bean Soup (Dyen Chang Chi Kae)
Al-chi kea - Fish egg soup
Full of fish egg! What a bargain! But some restaurants don't make it good. It's hard to find a restaurant that makes it good. If you find somewhere good, you are lucky. Hit or miss!
Bibim-bob, various cooked vegetables on rice
you put spicy paste and mix all up and eat. They might bring less side dish for this because everything is over lap with side dish.
Sometimes they have it on top of rice. It's called Jea Yook Bok Um
You must try sea food pancake. Most of the restaurants have a good recipe, they cook well.
You will see squid rings. It's Spicy Squid on top of Rice called o-jing-o-thup-bob
Sorry about my English ... not good.