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A guide to Korean Cuisine

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There are so many things we love about Korea. From the kpop bands to the movies and their skincare products, Korean culture is getting popular with each passing day. But the best thing that Korea has given the world is the delicious food. Here are some of the dishes that define Korean cuisine.

Kimchi

How can we start the list without everyone’s favourite kimchi. Kimchi is the first thing that comes to our mind on the mention of Korean food. Kimchi is most commonly fermented cabbage but can actually be made with a variety of other vegetables, such as cucumber and daikon radish. It’s Korea’s national dish, and can be eaten on its own or as an ingredient in everything from soups to fried rice. It’s a staple of Korean cuisine and you will be served kimchi with almost every meal. It has high nutritional value, fibre content, and low calorie count. The quintessential Korean food item, Korean dining is incomplete without this delectable side dish.

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Bibimbap

Are you someone who finds comfort in food bowls, then Bibimbap will surely leave you filled and comforted. Expect a bowl of rice striped with vegetables and meat along with a fried egg on top. The ingredients found in bibimbap vary by region and so there is always a variation. The only thing that remains a constant is the pleasant feeling after having a bowl full of goodness.

Bibimbap
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Japchae

Often served as a side dish during lunch or dinner, japchae is a traditional Korean noodle dish made up of glass noodles stirred in sesame oil with beef, mushrooms, and an assortment of other vegetables. This is one of the most favourite noodle dishes of the country and is known for its sweet and flavorful taste and its soft yet slightly chewy texture.

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Kimbap

Kimbap is like a Korean version of sushi, except with no raw fish. You’ll find vegetables, sweet pickled radish, and sometimes a little meat, all wrapped in rice and seaweed. The roll is then cut to small bite-sized discs and served with kimchi as side dish. You ought to try this next time you are in Seoul.

kimbap
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Sundubu Jjigae

How does a hot stew with packed with some amazing flavours sound? Say hello to sundubu-jjigae, is a common spicy Korean stew generally made of dubu (tofu), vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, beef or pork, and gochujang (chili paste). Though different variations exist, traditionally, a raw egg is placed on top of the stew and mixed with the soup before serving to add additional flavor to the dish.

Sundubu Jjigae
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Samgyeopsal

If you love barbecue and if you love pork, then this is the dish for you. The dish is simply the thick slices of pork belly meat grilled on your table and not marinated. They are commonly dipped in seasoning made of salt and pepper mixed in sesame seed oil, and then wrapped in lettuce along with grilled slices of garlic, grilled slices of onion, shredded green onions, and kimchi. It is one of the most common dishes found in any Korean restaurant throughout the world.

Samgyeopsal
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Sundae

If you are getting excited about getting a sweet treat then sorry to burst your bubble. Sundae is a unique Korean dish made of pig’s intestines stuffed with several ingredients such as noodles, pork blood, and barley. . The outer casing is chewy and it comes with a salt and chili powder mixture for dipping. Now it might not be what you expected and take some actual guts to eat it 😉

Naengmyun

Naengmyeon is a common cold Korean noodle dish that consists of long, thin noodles, cucumbers, slices of Korean pear, slices of beef and a hard-boiled egg. The noodles are often made of buckwheat, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, but can also be made of arrowroot and kudzu, depending on the type of naengmyeon. It is a popular dish especially during the summer to cool off under the scorching heat and thick humid air in South Korea.

Naengmyun
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Haemul Pajeon

For all seafood lovers out there, Haemul Pajeon is one dish you should put on your list. Crunchy on the outside, this pancake is made with rice and egg batter mixed with a variety of seafood and green onions. Common seafood ingredients used include, but are not limited to, oysters, shrimp, squid, and clams. Haemul pajeon is generally eaten as a main dish and is known for its soft and chewy texture as well as its mixture of seafood flavors.

Haemul Pajeon
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Patbingsu

We have a dessert. Aah finally! Patbingsu literally translates to ‘red beans shaved ice’. The variation without red beans topping is called Bingsu. A Bingsu or Patbingsu is made of ice shavings (somewhat like out desi ice golas) and is usually topped with red beans, sweetened condensed milk, fruit syrups, and fresh fruits like strawberries, bananas, mangoes, and kiwis. Hugely popular in Korea, especially during the summer season, Bingsu is their favourite dessert to beat the heat.

Patbingsu
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