South Korea is already a popular country for its many quirks and lovable people. Most aspiring tourists would tell you that South Korea is popular for their technology as well as their idol groups. But ask any person who has been to South Korea and they will all tell you that South Korean dishes are the main reason they might be booking their next trip there.
Join us as we take you to a tour of the best Korean delicacies you should try when you are in South Korea.
Samgyeopsal (pork strips)
One of the most common Korean dishes, samgyeopsal is probably one of the poster boys for the South Korean food scene. An unmarinated thin strip of pork that resembles that of bacon, this humble yet addicting dish will surely make your heart flutter with excitement on how many choices of flavors you can mix and dip into.
You can also take grilled garlic, grilled onions, and kimchi together with the meat and make a delicious wrap that will surely make you and your stomach happy.
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The most popular dish in all of South Korea is its fermented vegetables. This beloved and the traditional dish is one of the oldest and most essential dish in Korean cuisine, Kimchi is a spicy and sour dish that is made up with fermented vegetables. You will probably see a lot of variations like radishes, and carrots. However, the most common among these are cabbages.
Kimchi is extremely popular among tourists for its peculiar taste. True, not all love this spicy, sour red side dish. However after a few tastes and nibbles here and there, and there is not one tourist who can say they hate it after their visit to South Korea.
Bibimbap (mixed rice)
You will be surprised on how South Koreans can come up with creative ways to present their humble Korean dishes. One of which is their bibimbap. Served in either a bowl or a sizzling plate, this beautifully crafted meal includes ingredients like namul (sautéed vegetables), gochujang (Chilli peper paste), meat (A choice between pork or beef), and lastly fried egg with a golden oozy center.
Bibimbap varies from region to region. Some would not sauté the vegetables some would even add small dried fish to the mix. But one thing they all have in common is what you do before you eat. You should mix them all together to form a beautiful orange-ish colored rice meal. Trust us when we say that it tastes lovely.
Japchae (Fried Noodles)
Japchae is another of the Korean dishes you will find in corners as well as small stalls around South Korea. Often served as a side dish in some South Korean restaurants, Japchae would often steal the thunder of the main Korean dishes if not rival it in taste. The delightful dish is comprised of stir-fried sweet potatoes, beef, shredded vegetables and a hint of soy sauce and sugar. Again, this is a dish that varies in ingredients depending on the region you are in.
Japchae is even considered by some as a desert for its sweet and chewy texture, be that as it may, Japchae is a wonderful food that goes well with almost all the Korean dishes that South Korea has to offer. And that is amazing.
Bulgogi (Marinated beef barbecue)
When we think of beef barbeque, we often think of ribs and barks. However, when you are in South Korea, when you say beef barbecue. Bulgogi is the star of the show. Another popular south Korean delicacy this mouth-watering dish has been ranked as the 23rd most delicious food in the world according to CNN Travel’s reader’s poll in 2011.
The dish is a thinly sliced marinated beef barbecue grilled alongside garlic as well as onions and paired with lettuce and South Koreas must have ssamjang (Thick spicy paste) you have a flavor to die for.
Samgyetang (Ginseng chicken soup)
A Traditional dish mostly served in summer, the Samgyetang is filled with complimenting flavors that culminate in a soothing, therapeutic soup dish that will take your breath away.
This wonderful dish is made of garlic, rice, scallion, Korean ginseng, Korean jujube, spices and of course chicken. This dish is prized for its high nutritional value and is loved for its creamy meaty flavor, we can’t say it enough. This dish will rejuvenate and renew your love for food.
Soondae (Blood sausage)
Now, do not get us wrong. This is not an ice cream dessert. This is probably one of the bloodiest meals you can find in South Korea. Why? Because one of its ingredients is blood, silly. Talk of blood aside, this remarkable dish is made of pig’s intestines, stuffed with ingredients like barley, noodles, pork blood and many more. Again, depending on the region you are in it the content differs, but the blood remains.
Regardless, people who brave this challenging dish will often say the same thing that the meal is a delightful choir of flavors and textures that makes you chew even after you have swallowed already. The chewy outside alongside the soft and most times crunchy insides will make you want to stay in South Korea.
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Ddukbokki (spicy rice cake)
The Ddukbokki or tteokbokki is another staple side dish and street food the South Koreans would love you to try. It is a small cylindrical rice cake slowly bubbling in a pot or pan of orange-ish colored spicy sauce. This dish is beloved for its spicy and sweet combinations. Other street vendors have been taking steps forward ever since adding fish cakes as well as eggs and even vegetables to the mix. All of those are top of the line wonderful to chew on as you enjoy the busy and breathtaking scenes South Korea has to offer.
There you have it, some of the most delicious if not amazing dishes South Korea has to offer. Do not hesitate to try even their most unappetizing Korean dishes. Because in South Korea, they make everything with love and spicy sauce.