If you want to understand the culture & people of a country, dine with the locals. Food is the perfect reflection of culture & tradition of a country. But when you travel to a new place it is pretty hard to understand the local language & its food culture. Here we present you a list of 10 Must Try South Korean Food for every foreigner visiting South Korea
Samgyetang or chicken soup is a must try Korean food. It is rich, filling, healthy & full of flavours. It consists of a whole chicken stuffed with rice, garlic & spices cooked in a broth. It is mainly served in summer. It is said that Samgyetang helps to cure ailments & provide wholesome nutrition to the body.
Kimchi is the most versatile & loved side dish in Korean cuisine. You will see it with most of the Korean dishes. It is pickled vegetables mostly cabbage. The flavour is spicy & tangy. You will develop an instant liking for the dish if you like spicy food.
3. Soft Tofu Stew Or Sundubu Jjigae
Soft Tofu Stew Or Sundubu Jjigae is Korean comfort food. Chunks of soft tofu are served with vegetables & meat in a flavorful soup. An egg is cracked in it once the dish is cooked. Th egg cooks from the heat of the dish. It is served in a traditional earthen pot which enhances its flavour & visual appeal.
4. Hotpot Mixed Rice Or Dolsot Bibimbap
Hotpot Mixed Rice Or Dolsot Bibimbap is Korean signature dish. It holds a special place among Korean Food. Bibimbap is served in a pot. It mainly comprisess of rice, seasoned vegetables, sprouts, pepper sauce, soy sauce & served with Kimchi & a soup. It’s a complete meal in itself.
( Tip: Vegetarian can try this dish. Just ask the food stall attendant not to add any meat. It’s a good option to eat out in Korea.)
5. Kimchi Fried Rice Or Kimchi Bokkeumbap
Kimchi Fried Rice Or Kimchi Bokkeumbap is another popular Korean food. The name literally means ‘Fried rice’. Like other popular fried rice dishes, Bokeumbap is made primarily with vegetables & meat topped with an egg.
6. Fried Sweet Potato Noodles Or Japchae
Fried Sweet Potato Noodles Or Japchae is sweet potato noodles tossed with vegetables & meat in sesame oil. A dash of soy sauce is added to enhance the flavour. The dish is little sweet as sugar is added to it.
7. Korean Chicken Skewers Or Dakkochi
Dakkochi is a popular Korean street food. It is packed with flavours, easily available & Cheap :). Mind you, it is quite spicy. Grab a bottle of water before ordering this dish 😀
Gimbap is one of the best looking Korean Foods. It resembles Japanese sushi rolls. Sticky rice along with vegetables & meat in rolled neatly in a sheet of dried laver seaweed. It is cut into bite size piece & served with kimchi.
( Tip: If you want to ask for a vegetarian pizza or burger ask for Yachae pizza or burger which means vegetable only no meat. )
Chimaek is essentially deep fried chicken & beer. You will find it in most of the popular food joints.
10. Kimchi Stew
It’s a stew like Korean dish, made with pickled vegetables or kimchi, pork or seafood & scallions.
I hope you liked the list. If you have samples any other popular dish that you think should be added in ‘Must Try’ list, leave the description in the comment section below. Your feedback would help other food lovers & traveller to sample the taste of South Korean Food better. Leaving you with a nice food quote
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” -Cesar Chavez