Are you thinking about traveling to South Korea this summer? In that case, it’s time to get your taste buds warmed up! Although it’s easy to find Korean food almost anywhere you go in the US, it won’t be the same as wandering down the street in Seoul, Incheon, or Busan. Go ahead, enjoy your time with these excellent examples of Korean cuisine!
When you’re new to Korean cuisine, there’s no better place to start than bibimbap. This dish is often served as a bowl of rice covered in a variety of toppings. There are seasoned veggies, called namul, that are also sauteed. Mushrooms, bits of beef, spicy gochujang paste, soy sauce, and fried egg are also commonly thrown into the bowl. It all comes down to what you’re in the mood for, and what the locals enjoy serving up. Hunt down some of the tastiest bowls of this delicious combination in Jeonju, Tongyeong, and Jinju.
Hoeddeok is also spelled as hotteok, and it’s more familiar than you might think. These pancakes are sweet and syrupy and are much sweeter than the pancakes that you typically have for breakfast. They’re more popular during the colder months, but there’s nothing saying you can’t find them during the summer. The dough is mixed with cinnamon, honey, and brown and then packed with peanuts before it is fried on a griddle. This technique makes it crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Now let’s turn our attention to the next item on our list. Ddukbokki is known in English as a spicy rice cake. You might also find it rendered as tteokbokki. Rice cakes, fish cakes, and red chili sauce are mixed to form this example of Korean cuisine. It’s another type of street food that you will find as you traverse the night markets, as pojangmacha, or street vendors sell it.
Who wants pancakes? There are also savory pancakes that you can find and enjoy when you go to Korea. These probably aren’t the kind of pancakes that you’re used to unless you’re a devoted fan of scallion pancakes. You’ll find many of the same ingredients in it: scallions, eggs, wheat, and rice flour. However, one significant difference is the addition of seafood. Oysters, shrimp, squid, and clams are just some of the add-ons that you will find.
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