Ordering delivery service is very simple; you only need to know your address, the name of the food you want, and one phrase of Korean — and, of course, the phone number of a good place. Lots of places will advertise by leaving magnetic menus on your apartment door, so that within a month you should have phone numbers and menus for at least a pizza place and a Chinese place.
1. First, you need to know your address. Your school should have given you your address, written out in both English and Korean; if they didn’t, ask them to. To order food, you need to know the equivalent of the street address, something like these: Hanyang Setbyeol 620 dong, 108 ho (if you live in an apartment building) Osan dong, 131 beonji, 101 ho (if you don’t, this is more likely) Obviously, you’ll have to say the numbers in Korean; see Counting in Korean.
2. Next, know the name of the food you want. This is where being able to read a menu comes in handy. “Pizza” is “pi-ja” (피자); jjajangmyeon is 짜장면.
3. Finally, know the phrase baedaljusaeyo (베달주세요). This means “for delivery, please”. When you call the place, whether it’s a pizza joint, Chinese place, or anything else, just say your address, then what you want, then 배달주세요. Here are two basic forms, which you can fill in with your own information; the first, for living in an apartment, the other, if your address has a 번지. 1. ___(your address)___에요. ___(the food you want)___배달주세요. 2. _(dong name and beonji number)__번지 다시 _(apartment number)__에요. ___(the food you want)___배달주세요. Note that most Chinese places won’t start delivery until 11 am on weekdays. Pizza will come in a pizza box which you can toss in the trash, but other foods will come shrinkwrapped on real plates. When you finish eating, put all the dishes and bowls outside your door; the delivery guy will come and pick them up about an hour later. If they’re not there when he arrives, he’ll knock on your door and ask for them.