Most Delicious Traditional Foods in South Korea – South Korea is a country that is famous for K-Pop culture. Within it, there are numerous interesting aspects to discuss. Such as the culture & tradition, tourist destinations, and traditional foods.
Now, Writer River is about to talk about the food, which is quite famous in other countries.
You may already know South Korea’s famous instant noodle called Samyang, that’s only one of other delicious South Korea’s traditional foods. And they have their own unique and special taste.
So, let’s get to know more about them!
The first delicious food in South Korea is Bibimbap. Bibimbap in Korean means Mixed Rice. Basically, this food is the Korea-style of white rice mixed with kinds of side dishes, vegetables, and chili sauce.
You can read the whole recipe here.
Bibimbap is usually served in a bowl with side dishes arranged in such a way to make it more attractive and pretty. Bibimbap is also served in a hot pot or hot plate with raw egg yolk placed directly on the middle of the side dishes.
Kimchi is a very popular Korean food and it has become a national cuisine of South Korea. Not only as traditional regional cuisine, but Kimchi is also an important part of South Korea’s culture. And they are very proud of it.
Kimchi is made out of vegetables such as mustard, radish, and cucumber which were fermented using various kinds of spices. While the spices used are chili, ginger, onion, garlic, shrimp paste, and fish sauce.
Kimchi is usually served in a large portion because it could last longer if stored properly. Usually, Kimchi is cut into pieces and served directly as a dish or as other traditional Korean foods, namely Kimchi Stew, Kimchi Pancakes (or Kimchi Jun), Kimchi Soup, and Kimchi Fried Rice.
Gimbap (or Kimbap)
Gimbap is the third tasty traditional South Korean food on my list. Made with white rice (which in South Korea is called Bap) and fish, meat, eggs, & vegetables. Rolled up 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.
In South Korea, the common vegetables to make Gimbap are cucumbers, spinach, carrots, and pickled radishes. The rice were seasoned with salt and sesame oil. Its fillings could be varied and easily modified. Depending on your desire and creativity.
Usually, Gimbap is simply served as the main dish or being added with additional ingredients such as mayonnaise. If you’re interested to make it yourself, you can see the recipe here.
Bulgogi is a delicious traditional food of South Korea. It made from slices of beef and cooked by baking or sautéing it in a pan.
Beef pieces are usually marinated with a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, pepper, and ginger. Make the texture softer and it tastes even better.
Bulgogi is usually served with many other side dishes served in small bowls. The way of eating it is by wrapping the Roasted Bulgogi meat with lettuce with rice and other side dishes.
Another leafy vegetable that can also be used as Bulgogi wrappers, but the most used one is lettuce.
Ramyeon is a South Korean version of instant noodles. The way to serve a Ramyeon is similar to ordinary instant noodles. Generally, instant noodles in South Korea have a spicy taste, with a thicker sauce, and bigger & chewier noodles.
The best-selling ramen brand in South Korea is Shin Ramyun (Not Samyang) which is also popular in China and the United States of America.
Jjajangmyeon is one of the Korean traditional foods made with wheat noodles, thick black soy sauce, vegetables, and beef. While the sauce is made from black bean 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 to make it thicker.
The way to serve it is by adding pickled radish and hot soy sauce placed on top of the noodles, and sometimes plus pieces of cucumber.
Wanna try to cook it yourself? Read the full Jjajangmyeon recipe here.
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 made by giving the seaweed a good soaking until it’s soft and then putting it in beef or fish broth. And season it with soy sauce or salt, sesame, and garlic oil.
Usually, this food is consumed by women who have just given birth because it contains a high content of Calcium and Iodine, the important nutrition for nursing mothers.
Wanna try to make it for yourself? Read the recipe.
Tteok is using glutinous rice which is cooked through steaming, boiling, or frying process. Besides using glutinous rice flour. Some types of Tteok are using ordinary rice flour as the main ingredient.
Tteok is a special dish for 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 is a very unique traditional food in South Korea. It is a raw food made from a living octopus (yup, you read it correctly). The living octopus is cut into small pieces and sprinkled with an oil & sesame seeds.
The shocking part is, you have to eat it alive. The pieces of octopus are still moving and stretching when served in a plate.
The last food in my most delicious South Korean traditional foods list is Hotteok.
Hotteok is a South Korean pancake made from pancake dough filled with some sweet ingredients, such as a mixture of brown sugar, honey, ground nuts, or seeds.
To be able to cook a Hotteok, the round-shaped dough is placed on a flat pan. And it’s pressed with a special tool to make it rounder, thinner, and wider. Cook it in a pan and wait for until the outer part of the dough is brownish.
Hotteok is usually served when winter arrives. Here’s how to make it: Hotteok Recipe.
So, what do you think about my list of the most delicious traditional foods in South Korea? Some of them are very bizarre compared to our daily foods, such as the Sannakji. Are you brave enough to eat it?
Thanks for reading. Whenever you have a plan to visit South Korea, make sure you try to eat these traditional South Korean cuisine and tell us how do they taste! Annyeonghi gaseyo!