I wanted to get off the politics for a few posts and since I recently revisited one of my favorite restaurants in Cary again, I decided to make my first foray in to the world of the food critic, or perhaps just give an endorsement for my favorite local Korean restaurant!
If you want authentic Korean food that is consistently well-prepared, then you need look no further than the Golden Pig on West Chatham Street in Cary, NC. Having spent a year eating Korean food while stationed with the 1/17th Infantry at Camp Casey in South Korea, I know what I am talking about. Wherever I was stationed, I tended to, as the Army says, “go native.” This essentially means I rarely ate in the mess hall. If I was off duty, I was off post. While the U.S. Army kind of frowns on that, it’s the only way to really experience the local culture!
This great little restaurant serves traditional Korean food in healthy portions. I have eaten there several times now and each time I have left very happy and satisfied. It was just like revisiting a restaurant in Seoul or Tongduchon again. Also, if you take a look around the restaurant while you are there, you will see a lot of Korean families happily eating away … typically a good sign as to authenticity and quality.
The staff is very friendly every time I visit. The pickled vegetables and Kimchee are great. I especially like the chicken BBQ and the Bibimbap, But I’ve also had the Beef and Spicy Pork Bulgogi and they are both great to! The last time I was there, the owner brought out a serving batter-friend vegetables for me to try at no charge … Delicious!
The Golden Pig is a great place for both lunch and dinner. They are open quite late as I recall. The atmosphere is casual dining with both tables and booths available. They have a full bar, and serve both beer and wine. Don’t be shy to ask for help or an explanation, but please do be patient … they certainly try, but English is certainly not their native language.