15 Korean Food Favorites by Koreans
Over time, Korean cuisine has evolved by cultural changes. But it is still an important aspect of Korean national identity. Here are 15 favorite Korean foods. They are all delicious that is deeply imprinted in the hearts and memories of Koreans.
1. Korean Kimchi
Korean kimchi dates back to the Silla Dynasty, about 2,000 years ago. It is the most popular spicy side dish on the Korean table. Its raw material is fermented cabbage pickled and preserved in pepper, garlic, ginger, and shallots.
2. Roasted Pork Belly
When dining in a barbecue restaurant, the most wonderful part is that shochu and kebabs sizzle on the grill from time to time at the lively party and shout "One more!" Roasted pork belly is eaten with lettuce, basil leaves, onion slices, and raw garlic kimchi. Its dipping material is salt and pepper in soybean paste, bitter pepper sauce, or sesame oil.
3. Korean Fried Noodles
It has similarities with Chinese fried noodles. Although it was originally a Chinese dish, Koreans made the noodles into a thicker version. Without this dish, Korean food will lose its taste. Most Koreans eat Korean-style fried noodles at least once a week.
4. Fried Chicken and Beer
Fried chicken and beer are actually not a dish, but a custom, which is also a delicacy that often appears in Korean movies. This wonderful combination features two common foods. Whether it's chicken or beer, it's a very common food. Nothing is particularly worth mentioning. But they are a perfect match together. Almost every weekend, millions of Koreans combine them perfectly.
5. Instant Noodles
Anyone can follow the instructions on the back of the package to make a bowl of instant noodles. It's very simple, just boil water and sprinkle the seasoning. But gourmets will add canned tuna, eggs, and cheese to add flavor.
6. Kimchi Pot
A little-known fact about kimchi is that as an ingredient, it plays a variety of roles in a series of derivative dishes. In kimchi, red cabbage kimchi is chopped and cooked with tofu, winter noodles, pork, tuna, and other vegetables. Although the stew is due to kimchi, when kimchi and stew are combined, they have their own characteristics.
7. Spicy Fried Rice Cake
Spicy fried rice cake is made from rice and fish, which are simple Korean street food. This iconic red and orange street food is very popular. Most areas of Seoul have tteok, oden, and sweet and spicy sauce. The chefs put all kinds of things in the sauce, from bean paste to ketchup. Of course, one thing is for sure, the more pepper the better!
8. Korean Bibimbap
Bibimbap is made by mixing rice, vegetables, eggs, and spicy sauce. It is a simple salad made by mixing rice, vegetables, rice, beef, and eggs, and seasoned with sesame oil and chili sauce. This dish is deeply rooted in people's hearts. Every Korean can quickly enjoy this favorite food when he/she is hungry.
When people think of Asian cuisine, they usually think of soy sauce. But soy sauce is actually a by-product of this soy product, which is a paste made from dried and fermented soybeans. This brown, textured sauce is not the most delicious food in the world, but many people love it. Once like it, you will often miss its taste.
10. Pork Ribs and Potato Soup
In Korea, most restaurants with ribs and potato soup are open 24 hours. Because Koreans like to eat this stew in the early morning. It can also be used as a substitute for hangover stew. This hearty dish is cooked with potatoes, shallots, basil seeds, and pork bone broth. Its real attraction lies in the unique taste of perilla seeds. For Koreans, this may be more important than the taste of meat.
11. Sticky Rice Intestines
Sticky rice intestines (or Korean sausages) are derived from Mongolian cuisine. The real sticky rice intestines are pig intestines stuffed with winter noodles, vegetables, and meat. The tourists eat sticky rice sausages from street vendors. The material used is a synthetic pig intestine substitute.
12. Spicy Fried Chicken Steak
This hot Korean chicken dish is designed for sharing. In this dish, chunks of chicken are soaked in a sauce of chili sauce and other spices and then stir-fried in a large pot with grapefruit, cabbage, carrots, and sweet potato chips. Due to the splash of the red sauce, many diners wear aprons when cooking.
13. Kimchi Tofu
The perfect combination of white tofu, kimchi, and fried pork is a match made in heaven. Tofu itself is bland and tasteless. Use pork to increase the taste and kimchi to increase the taste. The faithful companion of this dish is shochu. Especially in traditional restaurants, tofu kimchi makes shochu more delicious.
14. Pumpkin Porridge
Pumpkin porridge is delicious and healthy. This sticky, orange-yellow porridge has its unique color and taste from the pumpkin. The pumpkin is peeled, cooked, and mixed with glutinous rice flour. This bowl of porridge, golden and sweet, looks more like pudding than porridge.
15. Spicy Fried Octopus
In this enduring delicacy, the octopus is stir-fried with vegetables in chili sauce, chili powder, green pepper, and chili sauce. The chili sauce itself is spicy enough, but all these ingredients together can make a particularly spicy dish. The sauce is so delicious that you can ignore the fact that it will set your mouth on fire.