WARNING: The following article contains information that will make you incredibly hungry and craving for food you’ve never even tried before, reader’s discretion is advised.
Every time I go to Korea not only are the people and their culture so amazing but so is their food. Their food is definitely the highlight of my entire time that I’m there. If you are thinking of visiting Korea or if you were blessed enough to have a Korean restaurant where you live, then I have a list of the best Korean dishes that you should definitely try.
Mouthwatering Dish Number One: Bibimbap
For those of you who aren’t familiar with what bibimpab means, its literal translation is mixed rice. What makes this dish so amazing is the perfect combination of flavors between the rice and other ingredients such as sesame oil, gochujang, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and fried egg.
You can easily find this dish nearly everywhere in Korea or in any Korean restaurant where you live. Also, the best part about this dish is that it’s incredibly inexpensive so you won’t have to worry about spending too much money.
When you think of South Korea, kimchi are one of the first things that comes to mind, simply because it is staple in so many different dishes.
Fermented and seasoned cabbage is pickled in the same way that sauerkraut is. Variations of fish and shrimp are generally added and seasoned to taste. Add in rice and you have a comforting soup blend. (Source: baconismagic.ca).
Also known as my personal favorite dish. Tteokbokki’s are soft rice cake and fish cakes, topped with a sweet, yet spicy gochujang. No I must say that the first time that I went to Korea I didn’t expect for most of their dishes to be spicy. I’ve been told that tteokbokki is spicy but I didn’t think it was going to be very spicy. After getting a bit used to eating Korean food I was able to handle any spicy dish. After several visits to Korea and eating their dishes, I was eventually able to enjoy tteokbokki.
Korean dumplings are a MUST to eat in Korea. These amazing dumplings are filled with minced meat, ginger, green onions, garlic, and tofu. Served with a side of kimchi, and a soy sauce, vinegar, and chili blend.
This is also another inexpensive dish that anyone can enjoy. You can get this in almost all Korea without any problems.
Similar to a standard Western stew, this is generally made with vegetables, meat or seafood, and seasoned with saeujeot (salted and fermented shrimp), gochujang, doenjang (soybean paste), and soy sauce.