In Korean culinary culture, their foods bring traditional cultural features from the past to the present. Some of the unique dishes are Kimchi, Bibimbap, mushroom hot pot and Korean barbequed ribs. To learn more about Korean food, you can refer to following typical dishes of Korean cuisine including Bibimbap, Gimbap, Naengmyeon, Samgyetang, Japchae, Galbi, Bulgogi and Kimchi.
Bibimbap (mixed rice)
First of all, Bibimbap is attractive to a number of diners because of the art of mixing colors. As usual, a bowl of bibimbap will have at least 6 dishes together with 6 colors including white color of rice, yellow color of egg, green color of vegetables and brown color of meat. Popular vegetables for this dish consist of sliced cucumber, carrot, spinach, bean sprout.
In addition, you can add a little lettuce. The eggs are fried with meat (usually beef) that is sliced and spiced. All of them will be well mixed with the sauce made from chili. This blend creates the name of “mixed rice”.
Gimbap (cooked rice rolled in dried sheets of laver seaweed)
The appearance of Gimbap is quite similar to Sushi, which is also a dish of rice rolled in dried seaweed of Japan. The thing that makes these two dishes become different is that Gimbap is usually bigger than Sushi because the filling consists of different types of food.
Gimbap is cut in slices with the thickness different from sushi. For two pieces of seaweed with the same length, sushi is often cut into 6 slices while gimbap can be cut into 12 or more slices.
Naengmyeon (cold noodles)
Naengmyeon is often served with a large bowl. This noodle owns a strong odor and a slightly sweet taste. Summer is the ideal time for enjoying this food. However, the cold noodles still can be served in the winter. It is suggested that you replace the meat broth with kimchi juice. To make the noodles more delicious, you should seek to balance the rate of the kimchi and the broth.
Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup)
Every year, in the Korean calendar, three hottest days in the summer are called Chobok, Jungbok and Malbok. In these days, the only food can make a considerable number of people queue up in front of restaurants regardless of the scorching heat is Samgyetang.
The chicken is thoroughly cleaned before being stuffed with ginseng, sticky rice, Mongolian milkvetch and jujube. Then, the chicken is sewed with thread and put into a stone pot to stew for several hours. This traditional ginseng chicken soup becomes a nutritious and invigorating dish in summer in Korea. At some famous local Samgyetang restaurants, a bowl of ginseng chicken soup is also served with ginseng wine to quench the thirst.
Japchae (Korean mixed crystal noodles)
The main ingredients for this dish are crystal noodles and types of seasonal vegetables such as thinly sliced carrots, onion, spinach, mushroom and beef. Koreans often use sesame oil to fry the food. The main spices are soy sauce, chili and sesame. Japchae can be served hot or cold.
Galbi (Barbecued ribs)
Galbi is the common name of dishes of barbecued ribs in Korean cuisine. Galbi usually consists of beef, pork or chicken ribs that are dipped in soy sauce (kanch’ang) before being baked. For beef ribs, it is also called “sokalbi” or “soekalbi”. If you use pork or chicken ribs for this dish, it is called “twaechi galbi” or “t’ak galbi”. However, beef ribs are used the most popular; therefore, the name of Galbi also refers to barbecued beef ribs.
Bulgogi – barbecued beef
Bulgogi is marinated with soy sauce and sugar so that the food becomes soft and fragrant. Both foreign visitors and Korean people love to eat Bulgogi. It has a sweet taste; contains a lot of water. Besides, it takes just a short time to process this dish. That is the reason why Bulgogi is considered the number one dish in Korean.
When eating Bulgogi, they usually wrap it in lettuce, sesame leaves or other herbs. This way of eating gives diners much more nutrients than just eating Bulgogi. For these reasons, Bulgogi is considered to be a nutritious food in Korea.
In Korea, there are hundreds of different types of kimchi and almost all of them are fragrant and spicy. Baechu Gimchi is a typical kimchi among dishes of kimchi in Korea. After salting and washing, you mix the food with onion, garlic, chili and ginger, then add spices. This is considered to be the best fermented food in Korea.
Besides admiring the romantic landscape and exploring the modern life of Korea, you should not miss the opportunity to enjoy Korean cuisine, especially those who desire to learn more about Asian cuisine.