(And will I be able to find American/Western-style food?)
One of the great perks of going abroad to teach English is the opportunity to try new types of food and drink, and certainly Korea offers a wide array of culinary treats for you to sample. As in many Asian cultures, Korean meals typically incorporate rice, noodles, a soup or stew, meat or fish, and an assortment of great vegetarian side-dishes. These vegetarian dishes, known as banchan, often feature vegetables that have been pickled or marinated in a variety of seasonings and sauces – some mild and sweet, others pungent and savory. The most famous is the legendary pickled cabbage known as kimchi, which comes in hundreds of varieties and is so highly venerated as to be the subject of its own national festivals.