Korean Food

Korean cuisine is largely based upon rice, vegetables, and meats. Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes (banchan) that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. Kimchi is served often, sometimes at every meal. Commonly used ingredients include sesame oil, doenjang (fermented bean paste), soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes and gochujang (fermented red chili paste)

Popular Foods

  1. Tteokbokki - A Korean snack food made from soft rice cake, fish cake and sweet red chili sauce. Commonly purchased from pojangmacha (street vendors)

  2. Galbi - Thick slabs of meat marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, chopped garlic, and sugar that are grilled over a proper fire.

  3. Gimbap - Sautéed vegetables, ground beef, sweet pickled radish, and rice rolled and tightly wrapped in a sheet of laver seaweed.

  4. Haejangguk - To help get over your hangover; Made from a beef broth, with cabbage, bean sprouts, radish and chunks of congealed ox blood.

  5. Kimchi -The beloved spicy sidekick at every Korean table; It's made by salting and preserving fermented cabbage in a bed of pepper, garlic, ginger and scallion.

  6. Chimaek - actually not a dish, but an institution. This glorious pairing consists of fried chicken and beer.

  7. Ganjang gejang - Crab marinated in soy sauce; So addictive that you get more rice just to eat more gejang

  8. Bibimbap - This Lunch in a Bowl mixes together a simple salad of rice, mixed vegetables, beef, and egg, with sesame oil and a bit of chili paste for seasoning.

  9. Bingsu - Sweetened red beans and tteok (rice cakes) are served on a bed of shaved ice (bingsu). Variations include condensed milk, misutgaru, syrup, ice cream in replacement of shaved ice

  10. Ramyun - Instant Noodles; Koreans will add extras like canned tuna, eggs, and cheese for enhanced flavor.

  11. Seolleongtang - Ox Bone Soup; A Korean broth soup made from ox bones (mostly leg bones), brisket and other cuts. The Ox Bones are boiled for hours to rid of its calcium. The beefiest tasting soup you will have!
Gimbap a Korean FoodBy: Hamburger Helper Gimbap a Korean FoodBy: James on Flickr KimchiBy: Craig Nagy