5 foods you’ll love eating in Korea

Koreans love to eat. Korea is famous for its good cuisine and people like to go to restaurants frequently. Best description for Korean food would be a variety of balanced and nutritious colorful dishes in taste and cooking styles.

Street food, comfort food, barbecue meat, spicy stews: These are the 5 foods essential to the Korean heart.

1. Kimbap

Even though at first glance Kimbap resembles Japanese sushi, it’s not considered a fine and fancy dish in Korea. It’s actually considered as a street snack which you can eat with your hands.
It’s made out of dried seaweed wrapped around vegetables and seasoned rice. It also contains some meat or fish, but which is not spicy. Actually kimbap is like a Korean version of sandwich, you can change the filling to whatever likes or needs you have!


2. Injeolmi toast (Rice cake toast)

Toasted white bread with sticky rice cake in between, lightly dripped with honey and sparkled with powdered soybean, adzuki bean and sesame seeds. This is a healthy dessert that will unquestionably please your sweet cravings.


3. Bulgogi

Bulgogi or grilled marinated beef is one of Korea’s most popular beef dishes. It’s made from thinly sliced sirloin or another prime cut of beef and is usually marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper, garlic, onions, ginger and sugar for about 2 hours to enhance its flavor and tenderization. Bulgogi is then served with a side of lettuce, spinach or some other leafy vegetable.
This dish is often offered to foreigners as it’s not spicy.


4. Juk

Juk is a traditional Korean porridge and it’s also one of the rare non-spicy foods that you can find in Korea. It’s made out of grains such as cooked rice, beans, sesame seeds and adzuki beans, but many variations exist (more then 40) such as:

Sok mieum (속미음): sweet rice, red jujubes, ginseng root and chestnuts

Jatjuk (잣죽): rice is soaked and pine nuts are finely ground before being boiled in water

Jeonbokjuk (전복죽): sliced abalones are cooked together with ground rice

Hobakjuk (호박죽): pumpkin is simmered till soft, mashed and cooked with glutinous rice

Juk is often eaten warm, especially as a morning meal but nowadays it’s eaten as a meal anytime in a day.


5. Soft tofu stew

This dish is made from tofu, vegetables, sometimes also mushrooms, onions, seafood (commonly oysters, clams, mussels and shrimp), chili paste and chili powder. Sometimes a raw egg is put right before serving and is delivered when it’s still bubbling vigorously. The stew is eaten with a bowl of cooked rice and several side dishes (banchan).

korean tofu stew

Enjoy your meal!