Before your trip to South Korea, have a look through this hand-picked list of delicious Korean food that you have to try in Seoul. Stay hungry!
There are a lot of amazing things about Seoul, but for you and I as food lovers, it’s the never ending amount of delicious food that makes Seoul such an exciting city.
Although there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of Korean dishes to try, we nailed it down to a Top 10. Enjoy!
10 of My Favorite Korean Foods
Banchan refers to those delicious little side dishes served at the start of a Korean meal. I like to think of them as Korean tapas. They’re typically offered as ancillary dishes, but Sigol Bapsang in Itaewon serves them as the main course. There you’ll get at least 20 different kinds of banchan for just KRW 8,000 per person with rice and sundubu jjigae.
2. Chimaek (Korean Fried Chicken & Beer)
Chimaek is a compound word for chi-cken and maek-ju, the Korean word for “beer”, so it refers to the popular duo of Korean fried chicken and beer. It’s a combination that’s ultra-popular not just in Korea, but in many parts of the world as well. What makes Korean fried chicken so good is that it’s double-fried, resulting in crunchier and less greasy skin.
3. Gamjatang (pork bone potato stew)
This soup is made with pork spine bones and potatoes which are boiled until the meat left is fall apart tender. You can usually order the kimchi version, which is absolutely sensational. Of all the food mentioned in this Seoul travel guide blog, this is one of my absolute favorite dishes.
4. Gogigui (Korean BBQ)
One of the ultimate Korean meals are pieces of meat, grilled on your table before you with all the side dishes and dipping sauces. Korean barbecue is incredibly delicious.
Kalguksu means “knife noodles” and refers to a noodle dish consisting of handmade, knife-cut wheat flour noodles served in a large bowl with broth and other ingredients. Its name comes from the fact that the noodles are not extruded or spun, but cut. The noodles are made with dough from wheat flour and eggs which is rolled out thinly and cut into long strips. Ingredients like dried anchovies, shellfish, and kelp are simmered for several hours to prepare the broth, before the noodles and vegetables are added and boiled together.
Naengmyeon is a Korean dish of long, thin handmade noodles typically made from buckwheat, though the noodles can be made from various other ingredients as well like potatoes, sweet potatoes, arrowroot starch, and kudzu. Naengmyeon is originally a North Korean delicacy that became popular throughout Korea after the Korean War. It’s traditionally served in a large stainless-steel bowl with a tangy iced broth.
A pajeon is a pancake-like dish made with scallions as its predominant ingredient. It’s usually accompanied by a variety of ingredients like beef, pork, kimchi, squid, shrimp, and other seafood.
This was one of my favorite street food snacks in Korea. Gyeranppang means “egg bread” and refers to these fluffy, oblong-shaped loaves of bread made with whole eggs. An entire egg is cracked into oblong-shaped slots filled with cake batter, then crisped until golden brown. They’re rich and eggy with a slightly crisp, chewy crust. Don’t miss these either.
Like Korean barbecue, bibimbap is one of the most popular Korean dishes outside of the country. It literally means “mixed rice” and refers to a bowl of warm white rice topped with gochujang (Korean chili paste) and a variety of sauteed and seasoned vegetables like cucumber, soy bean sprouts, radish, spinach, and mushroom. An egg (raw or fried) and sliced meat, typically beef, are often added. The contents are then mixed together thoroughly before being eaten.
10. Sundubu Jjigae
Sundubu Jjigae is soft tofu stew. It’s made with freshly curdled soft tofu, vegetables, and gochujang (chili paste) or gochugaru (chili powder). It can sometimes contain other ingredients as well like mushroom, onion, seafood, meat, and a raw egg. It’s typically served at the start of your meal with a few plates of banchan and rice.
Happy eating and see you in Seoul!