Heightened by Psy’s overwhelming popularity, the Hangul craze has just gotten stronger. Now almost everyone wants to immerse themselves in the Korean culture. K-Pop has been gaining a lot of raves and a wide variety of non-Korean audience has been supporting this music genre. Koreans, known for their beautiful skin, are also beginning to be authorities when it comes to beauty products. With the popularity of their BB (blemish balm) cream, everyone is a little bit more beautiful. Now if you’d want to learn the ways and means of Koreans, you have to start from the basics, which is food. If you aren’t too adventurous with food, you might want to check out the suggestions in this list.
Ddeokbokki is one of the more famous Korean foods. It has a thick red spicy sauce, and Penne-ish rice noodles are the main ingredient of this dish. Ddeokbokki is sold, basically, everywhere, especially as street food.
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This is a type of Korean stew, wherein all ingredients are cooked in an earthen pot, which makes it more delicious. It includes seafood, tofu, chili and eggs. There is limited amount of meat, which makes it a healthy dish.You can choose your level of spiciness by adding your preferred amount of chili.
Mandu is the Korean version of dumplings. These are often available on street carts or in specific Mandu restaurants. Mandu’s are often made of your preference of minced meat, shrimp or vegetables.
Hoeddoks are a favorite with kids. Unlike traditional Western pancakes, Hoddeoks are made with a mixture of sugar, cinnamon and walnuts. These are then fried in a pan.
Kimbap is Korea’s version of a maki. They are rice balls with meat or vegetables that are wrapped in norior seaweed wrap. These are always available with street vendors, but the best place to get them from are in your nearest Korean restaurant. They are also cheaper, costing $2 for a few rolls.
Japchae is a noodle dish, famous in and outside of Korea. It gets it distinct taste from the sweet potato starch that the noodles are made out of. Originally, there weren’t any noodles included in the dish, but it is now an important part of the dish.
If you couldn’t live without bacon, then this should be a hit for you. You are given pork cuts that you can grill. You are provided with different dips and seasonings, allowing you to adjust how your Samgyeopsal should taste.
Bulgogi is basically Korean barbecue. Beef is sliced thinly and marinated in a mixture of sauces. Usual way to eat it is to grill it and wrap it with a huge lettuce. Adding a bit of soy or whatever dips would make it more flavorful.
Soju is famous for being Korea’s number one alcoholic beverage. Its alcoholic content ranges from 16% to 40%. It is made out of distilled rice and some other starches.
What better way to top this list by putting Korea’s national dish. Kimchi is made by coating cabbage with a mix of ingredients such as pear juice, chives etc. It could be consumed right away or have it fermented inside the refrigerator for two or three days.