As a Korean-American, many of these foods were typical in my household. I grew up eating Korean food at home and when visiting family in South Korea. I wanted to share my favorites with you so the are my favorite 10 things to eat in South Korea.
1. Korean Barbeque
My personal favorite is Samgyeopsal (삼겹살)!! Samgyeopsal are pork strips. They are not marinated (which in some American restaurants (which I won’t name) they marinate , GROSS!!). The Korean way of eating samgyeopsal is with sesame oil and salt. You dip it in the sauce before you wrap it. Galbi (갈비) is also very delicious which is a rib. Korean BBQ is typically eaten with lettuce, rice, meat and a sauce. You place the rice in the lettuce, you add the meat and add Doenjang (된장), Gochujang (고추장) or Ssamjang (쌈장). Doenjang (된장) is a bean paste, Gochujang (고추장) is a pepper paste and Ssamjang (쌈장) is a mix of the both.
2. Jjajangmyeon (짜장면)
Also, known as black noodles. This is considered to be Chinese, however I have only seen this meal at a Korean/Chinese restaurant. You might be hesitant to try it because it does look different. It isn’t spicy. Is is a black sauce poured over noodles that you mix together.
3. Kimchi/Kimchi Stew (Jigae) (김치찌개)/Soft Tofu Stew (Soon tobo jiggae) (순두부찌개)
If you have tried kimchi and you love it, then you will definitely love this soup! Kimchi Jigae is a kimchi stew. I typically like to put my rice inside this soup for the flavor. There is a lot of flavor to it. Soft Tofu Stew, is similiar to the kimchi jigae with added ingredients like meat and tofu.
This is pretty much the Korean pot sticker or dumping. This is very popular during New Years. I like it fried, but often times it is put into a soup. Enough said!
This is a sweet treat filled with brown sugar, sunflower seeds and sometimes nuts. This is very delicious and often sold at street food vendors.
This is a typical street vendor food, but can be found in restaurants as well. It is rice cake put in a spicy sauce or broth. Veggies are sometimes added.
7. Bibimbap (비빔밥)
Pretty much the Korean version of a burrito bowl, LOL. This has all the fixings, veggies, meat, eggs, rice and a spicy sauce. It is usually mixed prior to eating.
8. Japchae (잡채)
This Korean dish is made with sweet potato noodles. Moreover, if you have had filipino food, I like to think of it as the Korean version of pancit. I know most of you will probably say you can’t compare Japchae to that, but I just want people who are not Korean to know what to expect when eating it. There are veggies, meat and other ingredients depending on who makes it.
9. Naengmyeon (냉면)
Also known as cold noodles. It is made of long, thin noodles and served cold. Moreover, this is a very popular meal during the summertime! Additionally, there are two different types one called mul-naengmyeon, which is served in an icy cold broth made from beef or chicken and the other called bibim-naengmyeon, which is served in a spicy sauce.
This is a popular Korean dessert. Some are similar to Filipino Halo-Halo and others are completely different. Some have tteok (떡), which is a rice cake and others do not. It is shaved ice with fruit and all types of toppings. This is a popular food to eat in Korea for people that have a sweet tooth.
What are some of your favorite Korean dishes to eat? Leave your comments below.