When you are traveling a different country, it is so important to experience the culture but also their food! Korean cuisine is readily available in many parts of the world, from street snacks to Korean Barbeque.
But what should you eat when you travel to Seoul, Korea? A list below is must eat Korean food when in Seoul, Korea.
Baekban Jeongsik is a Korean meal course that consists of rice, soup, main dish and side dishes. Baekban means "fluffy white rice" and Jeongsik is a kind of prix fixe set meals of different dishes.
Depends on the restaurants', some resturants' daily menu changes depends on the chef (different menu everyday), and some restaurants have consistent menu. Baekban Jeongsik also can be called as Hanjeongsik.
The price range for this kind of restaurant can vary widely, depending on the quality and type of side dishes (Banchan). You can easily find places that are around 10,000 won (around $9) or a bit little more. In fancier places, this kind of meal can be up to 300,000 won (around $250). Don't forget! normally, this kind of restaurants charge you by per person.
Don't go alone. For this kind of restaurants, you have to come with at least 2 people, otherwise the restaurant won't serve you at all.
1. Kkotdalim (꽃달림) : 496, Baekhyeon-dong, bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea.
2. Dadam (다담): 97, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea.
3. Jang Sarang (장사랑): 624-17, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea.
Galbi means "rib" in Korean word, and the dish is usually made with beef short ribs. Now you know Galbi is marinated short ribs that is made of thick slabs of meat marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, chopped garlic, sugar, and grilled over a proper fire.
Mostly, Galbi is served raw, then cooked on tabletop grills ususally cooked by the diners themselves.
However, it can also be cooked in different ways, such as Galbitang (soup), and Galbijjim (steamed Galbi).
1. Bongpiyang (봉피양) : 205-8, Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul.
2. Podo Sikdang (포도 식당) : 570-4, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.
Dak Galbi is another kind of Galbi. It is made of chunks of chicken that are marinated in a sauce of chili paste and other spices then stir-fried in a large pan or a hot stone grill with tteok (rice cake), cabbage, carrots, and slices of sweet potato.
When you are done with your chicken, don't forget to finish up the meal with fried rice. Usually the leftovers of your Dak Galbi and addition of rice and some extra ingredients is the fried rice.
You can also add some melted cheese, wneutralize the spiciness.
1. Yoogane (유가네) : 163-11 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
2. Chuncheonjip Dakgalbi Makguksu (춘천집 닭갈비 막국수) : 1, yonsei-ro, 5 Ga gil, Seodaemun-ga, Seoul.
Bibimbap simply means "mixed rice with meat and assorted vegetables". Even the ingredients are different, mixed rice with your preference and dietary can also be called Bibimbap.
Also, can be called a bit differently based on the dish/bowl it is served in (Dolsot Bibimbap and Yangpun Bibimbap). The key of Dolsot Bibimbap is that the Dolsot (stone pot) stays warm and makes a layer of crispy, crackling rice on the bottom of the bibimbap. It is another level of enjoying Bibimbap!
More traditional and authentic versions of Bibimbap are served with beef, raw egge yolk (sunny side up) along with other vegetables. Jeonju, Jinju, and Tongyeong are especially famous for their versions of Bibimbap.
1. Gogung (고궁) : 11-1 Chungmuro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
2. Jeonju Jungang Hoekwan (전주중앙회관) : 24-11 Chungmuro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Haemul Pajeon is a seafood pancake featuring an abundance of green onion. The flour and eggs are the base of the pancakes and squid, shrimps, meat and all kinds of ingredients can be included in the pancake.
Makgeolli (Korean Rice Wine)
Haemul Pajeon is one of the good Anju, a food served to be taken with drinks for more than two people. Haemul Pajeon or Pajeon in general goes well with Korean traditional rice wine, Makgeolli. Pajeon is a perfect meal for a rainy day.
1. Nakseo Pajeon (낙서 파전) : 319-40 Huigyeong-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea
2. Gwangjang Market Jeon Alley (광장시장) : 6-1 yeji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
3. Mukjeon (묵전) : 645-11, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.
Bossam is steamed pork. The key of this dish is that the steamed pork is sliced into pieces that are slightly bigger than a bite, and wrapped in a leaf of lettuce, perilla, or Kimchi, and daubed with a dipping sauce.
The two traditional options are, Ssamjang, and Saeujeot. Ssamjang is made of chili paste and soybean paste (Doenjang), and Saeujeot is a salty pink sauce made of tiny pickled shrimp.
WRAPPING and DIPPING the sauce is essential!
1. Mukjeon (묵전) : 645-11, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.
2. Miss Lee Buja Ajumma (미스리 부자 아줌마) : 875-1, bongcheon-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul.
Gamjatang is soup made with pork neck bones and vegetables. The word Gamja is commonly used for potato, but for this dish, gamja actually refers to a part of the pork spine. Most Koreans don't even know this fact since Gamjatang also includes potato in this soup. So people might think that gamjatang came from the potato in the soup.
Since this dish is served with the bones, some people might think that it probably hard to eat. But when the meat is cooked, it is actually not that hard to take the meat off the bones. The tender pork and mild spices in the soups with some veggies make good balance. You will fall in love instantly.
Some people enjoy this soup with the rice on the side, but most locals love to have fried rice after they are done with the soup. The waiter/waitres usually add rice/veggies and some sesame oil with seaweed into your leftover broth to make fried rice.
Koreans enjoy this dish with Soju (소주).
1. Taejo Gamjatang (태조 감자탕) : 73-2, dongsomun-dong 5-ga, Seonbuk-gu, Seoul, Korea.
2. Dop Gamjatang (돕 감자탕) : 9-22, Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul.
Korean Fried chicken aka Yangnyeom Dak is a popular late night snack in Korea. Korean fried chicken is deep fried twice which makes it really crispy and crunchier.
This also result in less oily chicken. After the chicken is taken out of the fryer, it's usually covered with sweat sauce.
1. Gyochon (교촌) : 217-105, Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea.
2. A list of chicken place in Seoul source from the culture trip website.
Samgyeopsal is thick slices of pork belly. Some people call it Korean Barbeque (KBBQ). For some of you may know, Samgyeopsal is one of the best and very popular cuisines. Consider this as pre-bacon, before the bacon gets cured, smoked and sliced.
KBBQ place is a cook as you eat kind of place which means that they will serve you uncooked food to your table. You will become a chef of the day. The waiter/waitress helps you once a while. So don't panic when you don't know how to cook/what to do.
1. Yukjeon Sikdang (육전식당) : 104-3, Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea.
2. Dojeok (도적) : 402-17, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea.