19 Amazing Korean Foods, South Korea
Discover 19 amazing Korean foods. Before even stepping foot into Korea I knew I was going to love their food. Mostly because I love kim chi, so if I ordered anything I didn’t like then at least I could put that with it. Fortunately, but no surprisingly, I loved almost everything I tried.
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19 Amazing Korean Foods
1. Bulgogi Noodles
Stir fried glass noodles with thinly sliced beef, some vegetables and a kind of sweet (but not too sweet) sauce. It was the first thing I ate in Korea and I loved it.
You can also get it with rice instead of noodles.
Pretty much sushi but with a Korean name. I got this as a cheap lunch from the 7-11. The 7-11 (and other similar stores) have quite a good range of cheap, ready to eat meals that you can nuke up in their microwave.
Bibimbap is probably one of Koreas most famous dishes. I think it means mixed rice. It’s basically rice, meat (or can be vegetarian), and vegetables in one dish. It’s a really good all-round meal and usually pretty cheap. This particular one is Spicy Pork Bibimbap.
4. Sliced Rice Cake and Dumpling Soup
I got this from Gwangjang Food Street. The Korean name for it is Tteok-mandu-guk. A pretty nice dish. Think dumpling noodle soup but with rice cakes instead of noodles.
5. Fried Tofu Udon Noodle Soup
It seems Japanese and Korean food are VERY similiar. First sushi/gimbap and now Udon noodles.
I got this from the same place I got the bibimbap. It was a good little restaurant. Cheap, fast service (pay by automatic vendor – like a ticket machine at the metro station!) and a good range of Korean dishes.
The dish itself was as expected… delicious and filling.
6. Fast Food
I can never visit a new country without trying their version of fast food. I did it twice in South Korea. Once in a place called Mom’s (something) Chicken and Burgers on my first night in Gyeongju and another at what seems to be the South Korean version of Burger King/McDonald’s called Lotteria.
The fries at Mom’s were AMAZING! Lotteria wasn’t too bad either.
7. Korean Bao
I’m not sure of the actual name for this but it is almost identical to Chinese bao zi, only better! The outside “bread” is more like the jiao zi (dumpling) wrapper and inside is pork (I think) and vegetables.
After eating this first one I went back for a second to try the other type they had which I think was tofu and kim chi.
These are sold freshly made from a shop outside the marketplace in Gyeongju, almost directly across the road from the train station bus stop. 1,000 KRW each.
I also saw them in Namdaemun Market in Seoul. 5 for 3,000 KRW. Each was a little smaller than the ones in Gyeongju.
On our last night in Seoul we found the mini version. Pretty much the same as Xiao Leng Bao in China.
8. Korean Sweets
Inside and outside of the markets were people selling these Korean Sweets (for lack of a better name). I didn’t try them but I imagine they are similar to the Malaysian rice flour cakes, which are glutinous but delicious.
9. Korean Kebab
For lack of a better name I’m calling it a kebab. It is chicken and vegetables inside a kind of pancake mixture and rolled up. There is also a sweet one with bean paste inside it. It was tasty but quite oily. 3000 KRW from Jungang Market in Gyeongju.
10. Pork Noodle Soup
Number 10 on this list of amazing Korean foods is a dish common all over Asia – pork noodle soup. I couldn’t really say there was anything really “Korean” about this one to separate it from others I’ve had in Asia, but it was delicious none the less. Cost 6,000 KRW from Jungang Market, but can also be found in shop around the town for about the same price.
11. Gyeongju Traditional Barley Bread
As the name suggests, this is a Gyeongju specialty. Small breads made from barley wheat with mungbean paste inside so it is a little sweet. I’m a fan of mungbean so I enjoyed it. I managed to find a place that sold 3 for 2KRW, but man places you have to by them in larger amounts (6+), but they are quite small so not really an issue.
12. Ramen with Cheese
For those that don’t know, ramen is a pretty famous brand of instant noodles. It is like maggi noodles, or mi goreng. This dish is basically ramen with a slice of cheese in it. They also put a little mushroom and white cabbage and some spice for flavor. It is actually incredibly tasty.
Mandu is the Korean word for dumplings is. They are pretty much the same as Chinese dumplings (shui jiao), and are equally as delicious.
14. Banquet Noodles
This is a pretty common dish in South Korea, at least it was in Seoul. It is basically just plain silk noodles in a flavored broth. Not exactly what I was expecting with the name ‘banquet’ but I was happy with it. Simple and tasty.
15. Street Foods
There are many street vendors in Korea, mostly selling foods of the deep fried variety. Below is just a small selection of whats on offer when walking the streets of Seoul.
Gwangjang Food Street, Hongdae Shopping Street, and Namdaemun Market are some good places to check out for this in Seoul.
16. Cold Noodles
One our last full day in Seoul we went back to Namdaemun Market so Ayase could try the Korean Baozi, but instead we came across a place selling cold noodles and shaved noodles, both of which I love. We ordered one of each but they came in a set so we both ended up getting cold noodles, shaved noodle soup, and bibimbap barley – all for only 4,000KRW per set (featured picture). Must be the best deal in Seoul, it was a lot of food.
17. Hand Shaved Noodles
One of my favorite noodle dishes in China was Shao Dao Mian – shaved noodles. Just by chance we stumbled across it in Namdaemun market.
18. Tteok‑bokki (Stir fried rice cake)
This is a very common street food. It is rice cakes in a sweet and spicy sauce. Not bad and goes for about 2,500 – 3,000 KRW.
19. Stir Fried Glass Noodles
The last item on this list of amazing Korean foods is a fairly simple dish of glass noodles and vegetables mixed with a few different sauces. Nice and simple dish.
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