My first experience w it was back in the late 80’s in Lyndhurst NJ, there was this little hole in the wall Korean joint down the street. One day I decide to check it out, I’m the only non-Asian in there, they didn’t know what to do w me. Whatever you ordered, they always came out with multiple small dishes of strange but delicious appetizers. I had trouble figuring out what I ordered versus what they serve everyone for the appetizer thing (their version of the chips and salsa on the table at Mexican joints). Fell in love w kimchi and a lot of other stuff that I still have no idea what it was.