My knowledge of the Korean language up until this point has been "hello", "thank you" and "you're welcome...it's not a lot. I went upstairs to attempt to order some food to go. Nobody spoke a word of English. So here I am, at the front counter trying to mimick that I want a menu to order a meal to go. I wasn't getting anywhere. One of the cooks, the guy in charge of loading hot coals onto the tables for BBQs comes up to me and he assumes that I'm Chinese. I tell him "gong dong wah"...which means Cantonese. He finds this man and his son leaving who are Korean-Chinese. They speak MANDARIN and the dude's dad starts talking to me in Mandarin! I can tell he's saying something along the lines of "why can't you speak Mandarin and only Cantonese?" It was hilarious. Anyways, his son, is trying to convey to me that the dish they recommended to me consists of noodles and "ice"...I was not sure if he meant "ice" or "rice"....so I went along with it. The Mandarin man gestured for me to just eat in instead of getting take out, so I did.
I sat there waiting for my mystery dish to arrive...and lo and behold...I see a huge bowl of noodles that were in ICE!!! I can see little pieces of ice floating in a cold, unomono-salad like vinegar broth, along with a slice of pork and some pickled vegetables. They give me two complementary side dishes and leave me to it. So here I am, left a bit speechless about the whole incident but I can only laugh. At one point I had five people trying to help me understand what I was going to be ordering. All I can say is that Korean people are super friendly and patient towards foreigners! The hot coals man even came up to me during my slurping of cold noodles to teach me the difference between names of my dish in Korean and Mandarin. That was the best 5000 won I've spent so far. LOL! :)