The cuisine of Korea is a varied one. Flavors can be strong and assertive, especially when it comes to the use of fermented vegetables, an acquired taste for some. All the same, there are dishes that are easy on the palate. You'll find several such specialties at the following restaurants, some also featuring Japanese fare.
Although ostensibly Japanese, this pretty little eatery has a stealth Korean side, evident in the "Yummy pancake," fluffy and laced with scallions. Jap chae, here called "Yummy noodles," is supple and delicious. 95 W. Jericho Tpke., Huntington Station, 631-673-8888, yummyfoodhuntington.com
From the mostly Korean menu of this storefront with a sushi bar, a standout is octopus pajun, a crisp and pillowy pancake studded with pieces of octopus and scallions. 92 Main St., Mineola, 516-742-0031
In a casual contemporary setting near the H & Y Marketplace, you can crunch into a piece of Bon-Chon chicken, made from a nationally franchised recipe wherein wings and drumsticks are twice-fried and rendered virtually free of fat. The crisp skin is then glazed with either a sweet soy-garlic or hot sauce. 478 Plainview Rd., Hicksville, 516-932-4690