Korean Foods: You Definitely Need to Know

Yumin Ko, South Korea

  • Have you ever tried Korean Food?
  • If you have tried these dishes, how did you eat those foods?

Maybe, some of you have tried Korean food, but some of you have never tried or never heard of them.

So, I would like to let you know about some dishes that are very popular in Korea. Furthermore, I’m going to tell you how to eat them more excitingly and with more flavors.

These will be good tips!

Dak-galbi

This is a popular Korean dish made by stir-frying marinated diced chicken in a gochujang -based sauce with sweet potatoes, cabbage, catnips, scallions, rice cake, and other ingredients.

Normally, this is fried on round hotplates, but some restaurants serve dishes on the gridiron to bake over the charcoal fire. For this time, I will provide tips.

Most people who have heard about Korean food think that all Korean food is very spicy.    To be honest, it is not true, but, if those foods are made from the gochujang based sauce, it is possible that the dish could be spicy.

Dak Galbi

Dak-galbi
[Souce: http://kayak27.blogspot.com/%5D

Tips!!

First, make a wrap!

Perhaps this tip could help to lower the spicy flavor.

The restaurants serve some side dishes with the Dak-galbi which are lettuce, catnips, marinated sliced radishes in some ingredients, etc, as ssam(wrap) vegetables.

Second, Dak Galbi into Bokkeumbap!

Koreans usually eat it at the end of eating the Dak-galbi.

The Bokkeumbap is made from fried rice with the leftovers Dak-galbi sauce after you eat. I recommend you would leave a few pieces of chicken to fry. It could provide a new taste to you.

And if you like cheese, definitely add it in.

For detail, you can see the video below.

[Souce: https://www.cnn.com/travel/videos/foodanddrink/2018/02/13/dak-galbi-south-korea-cuisine.cnn%5D

Soon Tofu

Have you heard of Soon tofu? “Soon” means “soft” in Korean, in this usage.                        So “soon tofu” is soft tofu.

Most of you may have tried tofu foods, especially the Sundubu-jjigae(Korean Spicy Soft Tofu Stew).

Sundubu jjigae recipe

Korean Spicy Soft Tofu Stew
[Sauce: https://www.koreanbapsang.com/kimchi-soondubu-jjigae-soft-tofu-stew-kimchi/%5D

But I would like you to know the truly natural “Soon tofu” because all the flavor of foods comes from the material.

“Soon tofu” is made from beans.

The taste is very soft and light, and it doesn’t contain any artificial flavors so it is good for your health.

Chodang Dubu Village (초당두부마을)

Image result for Chodang soon Tofu[Sauce: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264371%5D

Tips!!

If you feel that it is a little bland, I recommend eating it with side dishes, like Kimchi and soy sauce which some restaurants serve.

Patbingsu

Patbingsu (literally “red beans shaved ice”) is a popular Korean ice dessert with sweet toppings that are chopped fruit, milk, syrup, and red beans.

A long time ago, we ate Bingsu with red bean paste without special ingredients like fruit, but nowadays added ingredients have been created. So there are many varieties called “Bingsu”.

One of the popular recipes is  “Injeolmi bingsu”. Injeolmi is one of the traditional Korean rice cakes, so, if you try it you might get the feeling of being Korean.

Besides, Korean Bingsu varies like”Chocolate Bingsu”, ” Mango Bingsu”, “Melon Bingsu”, “Watermelon Bingsu”, “Strawberry Bingsu”, etc.

                                                                [Sauce:http://sulbing.com/main.php%5D

One thought on “Korean Foods: You Definitely Need to Know

  1. I really like the article it tells you stuff about other food and cultures which really interests me! I’ve always been interested all countries in Asia, and I really wanna go there sometime soon! Thank you sharing your culture with us, your fellow students!!!!! Jelle

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