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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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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