I need to get off the politics for a few posts. 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! I really like Korean food and the Golden Pig is excellent!
Authentic Korean Food
Do you like well-prepared, authentic Korean food? 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. Everybody I have taken there has really enjoyed it as well. It was just like stepping back in time and revisiting a restaurant in Seoul or Tongduchon. If you look around the restaurant, you will see a lot of Korean families happily dining. This is typically a very good sign as to authenticity and quality.
They have a nice selection of draft and bottled beer. as will as a small but growing list of wines. I enjoyed drinking a Korean beer I had not had in many years … since … wow … 1981!
The staff is very friendly every time I visit. If you are in a hurry or want fast food, this is not the place for you. Meals are prepared fresh when ordered. 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 Tempura vegetables for me to try at no charge … they were 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. Don’t be shy about asking for help or for an explanation, but please do be patient … they certainly try, but English is not their native language.