Have you ever wondered what it’s like to order food in South Korea?
Because of the pandemic and the health guidelines that it implies, even if home delivery has been around for several years its popularity has been growing bigger and bigger, so now people have more choices than ever, no matter if they’re buying some package from the other side of the world or from a store near them. This also applies to food, so let’s discover some of the more known apps that are used daily in South Korea.
Thanks to digital and technological advances, apps have become the go-to method to order food in several countries. This is mostly because their use is really practical and just requires a device (cellphone/tablet) and internet to be able to set an order from basically wherever you are and of whatever thing you’re craving at the time.
Also, thanks to the growth of this market, apps have become more flexible and user-friendly. As a result, some advantages are worth mentioning like:
- Many are available for iOS and Android.
- There are several payment methods, so you can choose to use either credit card and cash (when your order arrives) or KakaoPay, PayPal, or even through your telephone bill.
- Whether you are looking for a particular dish or a recommendation, most apps display a set of options of restaurants that have them in their menu along with pictures, so you can be sure that you’re choosing the best place.
Something that must be taken into consideration is that some apps ask you to register a Korean phone number so you can place an order and usually they are solely in Korean, therefore we suggest you have a basic idea of Hangul. A few examples of apps that are like that are Yogiyo (요기요), Baedal Minjok (배달의민족) also known as Baemin, and Baedaltong (배달통).
Nonetheless, there are apps like Shuttle (셔틀) and Coupang Eats (쿠팡이츠), that are, as well, some of the most used nowadays and their service is bilingual (English and Korean).
Something good to keep in mind is that there are plenty of restaurants that have their own apps and web pages or that still place orders through phone calls, so you don’t have to feel limited.
Also, one last tip that we would like to give you is to check the restaurant business hours and the coverage of the service because, even though there are deliveries all across the country, the apps’ recommendations are likely to be the ones near to you to avoid issues and guarantee you fast service.
Written by: Giselle Hernandez
Edited by: Angie Salavarria