Most Delicious Typical Foods in South Korea - Who doesn't know South Korea? A country that is famous for K-Pop culture is quite interesting to discuss. Starting with the tradition, culture, and, tourist destinations that always make us amazed. Besides them, the typical South Korean foods are also very well known in foreign countries because of their taste and uniqueness, what are those most delicious typical South Korean foods? Let's talk about them one by one!
|Bibimbap - Typical South Korean Food|
The first delicious food in South Korea is Bibimbap. Bibimbap in Korean means Mixed Rice. Bibimbap is a South Korean-style mixed rice made from white rice and various kinds of side dishes, vegetable, and chili sauce. More details of Bibimbap recipe are here.
Bibimbap is served in a bowl with side dishes arranged in such a way that the colors look contrast and attractive, then stirred first before being eaten. Bibimbap is also served in a hot pot or bowl as well as a hot plate with raw egg yolk placed directly in the middle of the side dishes.
|Kimchi - Typical South Korean Food|
Kimchi is a very popular Korean food and has become a national cuisine of South Korea, not just traditional regional cuisine, Kimchi is also an important part of South Korean cuisine and culture, and almost never forgotten by South Koreans.
Kimchi is a typical South Korean food made from vegetables which are fermented with various kinds of spices and usually have a spicy and sour taste. Vegetables commonly used are mustard, radish, or cucumber. While the spices used are chili, ginger, onion, garlic, shrimp paste, and fish sauce.
Kimchi is usually made in large quantities at the same time because these foods can last longer if stored properly. Usually, Kimchi is cut into pieces and served directly as a side dish or can also be used as other traditional Korean food ingredients such as Kimchi Stew, Kimchi Pancakes (or Kimchi Jun), Kimchi Soup, and Kimchi Fried Rice.
Gimbap (or Kimbap)
|Gimbap - Typical South Korean Food|
Gimbap is a delicious typical South Korean food made from white rice, which in South Korea is called Bap and its contents are pieces of fish, meat, eggs, and vegetables, then rolled with dried seaweed and cut into small pieces for one portion. One Gimbap roll is usually made into 6 to 8 pieces. The shape of the roll can be round or triangular. Seaweed can also be rolled on the inside of Gimbap, although it is generally placed on the outside.
In South Korea, vegetables commonly used to make Gimbap are cucumbers, spinach, carrots, and pickled radishes. The rice is seasoned with salt and sesame oil. The contents can be very varied and easily modified, depending on your desires, tastes, or creativity. Usually, Gimbap is simply served as typical food or can be added with additional ingredients such as mayonnaise or other.
If you're interested to make it yourself, you can see the recipe here.
|Bulgogi - Typical South Korean Food|
Bulgogi is a typical South Korean food made from several slices of thinly sliced beef and cooked by baking or sautéing in a pan. Some pieces of beef are usually marinated first with a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, pepper, and also other spices such as ginger to taste more delicious and softer texture. If you don't know what is "Marination", you can read it here.
Bulgogi is usually served with many other side dishes, each of which is served in several small bowls. Roasted Bulgogi meat is also sometimes given a small amount of chili sauce and eaten in a way wrapped with lettuce with rice and other side dishes. Other leafy vegetables can also be used as Bulgogi wrappers, but the most commonly used is lettuce.
|Ramyeon - Typical South Korean Food|
Ramyeon is a South Korean version of instant noodles. Ramyeon is usually served in a way that is similar to ordinary instant noodles. Generally, instant noodles in South Korea have a spicy taste, with a thicker sauce and bigger and chewier noodles. The best-selling ramen brand in South Korea is Shin Ramyun which is also popular in China and the United States of America.
|Jjajangmyeon - Typical South Korean Food|
Jjajangmyeon is one of the Korean noodle dishes made from noodles mixed with thick black soy sauce, vegetables, and meat cuts. The noodles used to make Jjangmyeon are made from wheat flour. While the sauce is made from black soybean paste cooked with sliced onions, ground meat, and other ingredients.
The broth is also usually added in Jjajangmyeon to reduce saltiness from soybean paste, and cornstarch is also added so that the Jjajangmyeon broth is thicker. The way it is served is with pickled radish and hot soy sauce placed on top of the noodles, and sometimes plus a few pieces of cucumber.
Wanna try to cook it yourself? Read the full Jjajangmyeon recipe here.
|Miyeok Guk - Typical South Korean Food|
Miyeok in Korean means Seaweed and Guk in Korean means Soup, so it can be interpreted that Miyeok Guk is a Seaweed Soup. This soup is usually made by soaking dry side dishes in water until it's soft and then putting it in beef or fish broth. Then seasoned with soy sauce or salt, sesame, and garlic oil. Usually, this food is consumed by women who have just given birth because it has a high content of Calcium and Iodine, important nutrition for nursing mothers. Wanna try to cook it? Read the recipe.
|Tteok - Typical South Korean Food|
Tteok is made from glutinous rice flour which is cooked by steaming, boiling or frying. Besides using sweet rice. Some types of Tteok can also be made from ordinary rice flour. Rice cakes are foods that are identical to a celebration, such as a wedding or a birthday party. One of the famous ones is Tteok-bokki or spicy South Korean rice cake.
|Sannakji - Typical South Korean Food|
Sannakji is a very unique typical food in South Korea. Sannakji is a raw food made from small-size living octopus (yes, you read it correctly) which is cut into small pieces. It's usually sprinkled with oil and sesame seeds, then eaten directly alive. The pieces of this octopus are usually still moving and stretching when served in a plate. Are you curious to watch that moving octopus as a food? Watch the video here. So, are you interested?
|Hotteok - Typical South Korean Food|
The last food on our most delicious South Korean typical foods list is Hotteok. Hotteok is a South Korean pancake made from pancake dough filled with sweet ingredients, such as a mixture of brown sugar, honey, ground nuts, or seeds. To make a Hotteok, the round-shaped dough which is filled with some sweet ingredients is placed on a flat pan and pressed with a special tool to make it rounder, thinner, and wider. Hotteok then continued to be cooked on a pan and wait for it until it's cooked well and the outer part is brownish. Hotteok is usually served when winter arrives. Here's how to make it: Hotteok Recipe.
So, after reading these most delicious typical foods in South Korea, have we get your attention now?
Some of them are very bizarre compared to our daily foods, like the food that made from living octopus (Sannakji) above. Are you brave enough to eat it? Whenever you have a plan to visit South Korea, make sure you try to eat these traditional South Korean cuisine, and tell us how does it feel, alright?