My Favorite Korean Dishes

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From spicy food, comfort food to street food, Korea has several delicacies that will leave your taste buds craving for more. There are several Korean dishes that are dear to the people which I also find very interesting and enjoyable. If you ever visit this part of the world, be sure to sample some of these dishes.

  1. Soft Tofu Stew

This dish is made of clams, soft tofu and an egg placed in a spicy broth. It is a popular Korean stew and is known for its characteristic flavor combinations which yield delicious sensations in the mouth. The soft tofu which breaks into fluffy pieces in the stew holds the clam flavor and provides a much needed relief from the general spiciness of this delicacy. To give you the whole traditional cuisine experience, it is served in an earthenware pot which also retains heat.

  1. Hangover Stew

Anyone who indulges in a glass of vodka every now and then knows a thing or two about hangovers. The Korean people also love their drinks and that is why the hangover stew is a popular dish. It is prepared from a broth of beef with cabbage, radish, bean sprouts and ox blood. The rich taste does wonders to your hangover and can help you kick-start a slow morning.

  1. Tteokbokki

This is one of the most iconic Korean street food. It is a popular dish to such an extent that there is an entire Seoul town devoted to it. The streets are filled with the rice cakes which are steamed and sliced (tteok) and then cooked with fish cakes known as “oden” and scallions in a spicy and sweet sauce that is prepared from chili paste. I find this food interesting if it’s very spicy.

  1. Beef Galbi

This Korean dish is made of thick meat slabs marinated in a well done mixture of soy sauce, sugar, chopped garlic and then grilled over medium heat. Beef galbi is one dish you just have to try yourself because talking about it doesn’t do it enough justice.

  1. Bossam

Bossam is simply steamed pork but what makes it a truly delicious meal is that it is sliced into squares that are just a little bit larger than your average bite then wrapped in a lettuce leaf, kimchi or perilla and afterwards daubed with a dipping sauce. The sauce can be made of soy bean paste and chili paste or a very salty sauce made of pickled shrimp.

  1. Dubukimchi

This dish is a combination of sauteed kimchi, blanched dubu and stir fried pork. One of my best among the Korean dishes, it is a threesome that is heaven made. It really goes well with alcohol and so you should try it the next time you are having one or two for the road in some of the traditional Korean bars.

  1. Soy Sauce Crab

The soy sauce crab is made of crab marinated in soy sauce. The people of Korea fondly refer to it as the “Rice thief” because it is joked that one would keep on eating more rice just to have more gejang. First timers may find the taste a bit shocking but once you get the hang of it you’ll find it exotically delicious.

 

 

 

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My Favorite Vietnamese Dishes

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The Vietnamese noodle soup has got to be one of my favorite Vietnamese dishes if not the favorite. It contains rice noodles, either beef or chicken broth, onions along with ginger and coriander. It is usually eaten during breakfast and best during the rainy season because of the hot soup. Some restaurants give you a create your own option so you can mix flank, tendon, brisket or even meatballs in one big soup. It is the favorite of old people who don’t like to eat heavy rice meals anytime of the day. It also the favorite of young people who like to stay awake at night because the soup will definitely get your juices pumped up. I think it is the best soup I have ever tasted out of any cuisines in the world.

Goi Cuon

The nation’s favorite spring rolls. I mean, there is no need for any form of introduction here as this dish is also available in the menus of other cuisines. It is usually pork in there along with either veggies or shrimp. It is very crunchy which is the same reason it is a favorite among households all over the country. It is twice as delicious when it is dipped in sweet chili sauce even though some would prefer dipping it into gravy. It has become so popular that some popular fast food chains have converted it into cheap rice meals. There is no denying its popularity that it has also appeared in other meals that combine it with other meat.

Goi Tom Xoai

It means Mango Prawn Salad and you can already imagine what is in the dish. The prawns are cooked nice in this one and its combination with mango is so extraordinary. It is also a healthy dish since it does not involve any red meat or rice. I recommend it to those who are trying to go on a diet. You are going to be already full once you get done with it. It is not even that tempting to get you to order another one.

Vermicelli

It is Vietnamese style platter. It can consist of any 3 combination out of Prawns, Veggies, Grilled Pork Chop and Fried Rolls. It is best for a group who can’t decide what to order. Instead of spending a lot of time reading the menu, they can just order this platter and split the price. The best suggestion would be to order fried rice along with this one as you will be begging for it with all that meat right in front of you. It is just too impossible to not give in to the temptation.

Ban Thit Bo Kho

This one is Beef Stew with bread. There are a lot of beef stew versions in the world but I like the Vietnamese version the best. It is cooked to perfection that the beef is so tender. The bread is toasted nice too and it would taste even better if it is dipped into the sauce of the beef stew.

 

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