Updated: Feb 17, 2021
Food is essential to life, and language barrier should not be something that prevents you to enjoy your dining table. We are all aware that the most popularly used platforms for food delivery in Korea are Applications like Baedal Minjok (배달의민족), Baedaltong (배달통) and Yogiyo (요기요). However, they are not always the most friendly platform for foreigners who do not understand Korean.
Here we gather some of the alternative food ordering platforms where you can simply just use English.
1. Coupang Eats
Coupang Eats was launched just in mid-2019, but is now offering service covering major cities in South Korea, including Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi, Sejong, Daejeon, Daegu, Busan, Ulsan, Gwangju and more.
The brand positions itself as being 'quick' to make sure that your food is served while it's hot. Recently, Coupang Eats launched its advertising campaign stating that each delivery partner handles only one customer order (1:1 matching) which breaks the existing industry practice of delivery multiple orders in one time. There's not wonder how they can down the average delivery time to only within 30 minutes.
The App also offers in-app payment 'CouPay' that facilitates seamless payment in one-touch.
2. Shuttle Food Delivery
Shuttle Delivery develops service specifically for foreigners available both in form of Application and Website. The service offers recommendation features based on your specific dietary preferences ranging from Halal, vegan, spicy food, and more. Despite great personalized restaurant suggestions, the service coverage still limits to Seoul, Gyeonggi and Busan areas. However, we can expect to see the service expand in the future.
To stay tuned with their service updates and any foodie news, you can visit their blog.
Though less prevalent than the Korean fast food brand Lotteria, McDonald's leverages on its international popularity and offers English service to capture market interests among foreigners. You can sign up and make order on both App and webpage.
4. Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut offers English menu on website. To make an order, you can simply dial 1588-5588 for English operator.
5. Domino's Pizza
In the same manner as Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza offers detailed menu on the web and request that customers order by phone via 1588-3082.
WAUG is the platform that allows you to reserve your dining table at restaurants nearby your location. The service is fully offered in English, where you can also explore other booking options, including accommodation, tour program and many other activity experiences.
The app supports payment via Visa, Mastercard and AMEX card from overseas. Not only a more convenient, but also a cheaper way to dine out as there are tons of discounts offered on the platform.
You can also explore all the reviews on restaurants to help you make better decision, and also follow any interesting updates on their restaurant recommendations on their blog.