Things to Eat in Korea
I’ve been asked countless times on what Korean food I recommend. People have seen me uploading over a hundred of foodies in my Seoul Food Trip album. They usually ask me what it is, how does it taste, how much it is, and a lot of random questions. So here I am making a list of my recommended Korean food.
1. Galbi & Samgyeopsal
Gui (구이) is a generic term for Korean cuisine. There are different types of Gui but my favorites are Galbi (갈비) and Samgyeopsal (삼겹살).
Galbi means ribs. It can be dwaejigalbi-gui (돼지갈비구이 grilled pork ribs) or sogalbi-gui (소갈비구이 grilled beef ribs). When you go to a Galbi house, you have to choose between saeng galbi (생갈비 fresh meat) or yangnyeom galbi (양념갈비 seasoned meat). If you are two or more, I suggest you order both. By the way, the minimum order is two.
Samgyeopsal literally means three layered flesh. There’s another version of this called ogyeopsal which means five layered flesh. It contains pork belly meat. Just like galbi, you can choose between marinated and unmarinated. Usually, Koreans eat these meat with banchan (side dishes). After finishing the meat, they would order rice or naengmyeon (cold noodles).
Gamjatang (감자탕) is pork back bone stew. It’s made of spine and neck bones of a pig. When I first heard about it, I thought it’s potato soup. Potato in Korean is gamja (감자) and soup is tang (탕). Anyway, it’s a little bit spicy but I can handle it. It often contains potatoes, cellophane noodles, dried radish greens, perilla leaves, green onions, hot peppers and ground sesame seeds.
If you’re itinerary is so tight and you don’t have time to go to the restaurants, gimbap (김밥) is the perfect food for you. It literally means seaweed rice. Koreans usually eat this during picnics, or when they have outdoor activities. It has many flavors. Some have spam, pork, tuna, beef, and other stuff inside.
4. Galbitang, Seollongtang, Gomtang
By this time you already know what galbi and tang means. Galbitang (갈비탕) is rib soup. It is made from beef short ribs along with stewing beef, radish, onions, and other ingredients. There’s a spicy galbitang but I always prefer the not spicy one. Another kind of soup are Seolleongtang (설렁탕 ox bone soup) and Gomtang (곰탕 beef bone soup).
Bibimbap means mixed rice. It is usually served in a bowl of rice with different vegetable toppings and gochujang (chili pepper paste). Sometimes, there’s a raw or fried egg on top of it. Other variations includes meat. Whenever I order, I always tell them to make it not spicy. Sometimes, they put less gochujang or they give me the gochujang container so I can mix it on my own.
Dolsot bibimbap (돌솥 비빔밥) is one of the many variations of bibimbap. It dolsot means stone pot. The bibimbap is served in a very hot stone bowl like a sizzling plate.
It’s originally called patbingsu which means red beans shaved ice. I hate beans. Good thing, they have other variations. This Korean shaved ice dessert is like the Philippines’ halo halo. I really like how the shaved milk ice melts in my mouth. I recommend strawberry tiramisu flavor!
I still have a lot of food recommendations on my list but I realized that I don’t have good pictures of those food at the moment. As you’ve noticed, I only use the pictures taken using my phone.
I’ll make a part 2 of this list. If you have any questions and suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.