Before coming to Korea, I made a list of food that I wanted to try. I was always curious about Korean food whenever I watched a Korean TV show or a drama. Therefore, here is a list of Korean food you should try when you visit Korea.
Bibimbap – Rice mixed with veggies
Bibimbap, sometimes romanized as bi bim bap is a Korean rice dish. The term “bibim” means mixing rice, while the “bap” noun refers to rice and mixed with veggies such as mushrooms, beef, soy sauce, gochujang (chili pepper paste), and a fried egg.The vegetables found in bibimbap actually vary by region, and the most famous versions of the dish are found in Jeonju, Tongyeong, and Jinju. Personally, my favorite is Jeonju bibimbap!
Bulgogi – Marinated Beef
Another famous Korean dish among foreigners in Korea is Bulgogi. Bulgogi, literally “fire meat”, is a gui made of thin, marinated slices of beef grilled on a barbecue or on a stove-top griddle. Most of the time it is stir-fried in a pan in home cooking. The meat is usually wrapped in lettuce and it is also traditionally eaten with ssamjang (a thick, red spicy paste).
Sundubu-jjigae – Soft Tofu Stew
Sundubu-jjigae or soft tofu stew is a jjigae in Korean cuisine. The dish is made with freshly curdled soft tofu, vegetables, sometimes mushrooms, onion, optional seafood, optional meat, and gochujang or gochu garu. This stew is served in a warm big bowl that you can enjoy with rice on the side. Depending on the chef and region, some ingredients are removed, substituted or added to the mix.
Tteokbokki- Spicy Rice Cake
Last but not least, all foreigner favorite Korean dish is tteokbokki. Tteokbokki or stir-fried rice cakes is a popular Korean food made from small-sized tteok called tteokmyeon or commonly tteokbokki-tteok. Eomuk(fish cakes), boiled eggs, and scallions are some common ingredients paired with tteokbokki in dishes. tteokbokki is my favorite Korean food or snack. If you are stressed you should have tteokbokki because it is a little bit spicy you are going to sweat all those worries!