14 South Korean Dishes You Should Not Miss

In recent years, South Korea has become better known around the world. Kimchi which is a traditional Korean dish also become a global sensation. However, South Korea has many tasty dishes that you should not miss when travelling there. From boiling hot stews, to grilled meat, to chillies and pickles, Korean dish is almost impossible not to fall in love with. Here’re 14 Korean dishes you should try.



Made from fermented vegetables with spicy and sour taste, kimchi is one of the eldest and most essential dishes in Korea. Kimchi is prepared with various kinds of ingredients but the most common ingredient is cabbage. With its unique flavor, high nutritional value, fiber content and low-calorie content, Kimchi easily becomes famous dish among foreigners. For Koreans, without kimchi, the meal is considered incomplete.




Bibimbap is a bowl of mixed ingredients. It is basically including rice, namul (seasoned and sautéed vegetables), mushrooms, beef, soy sauce, gochujang (chilli pepper paste), and a fried egg. The ingredients in bibimbap are varied by the region.




Bulgogi, a succulent, flavourful dish of grilled marinated beef is one of the most popular Korean dishes throughout the world. Bulgogi is a beef grilled with garlic and sliced onions. Koreans usually wrap the beef with lettuce and eat with ssamjang, a thick, red spicy paste.




A traditional Korean noodle with sweet and savory taste, japchae is often served as a side dish during lunch or dinner. It is made from sweet potato, thinly shredded vegetables, beef, and a hint of soy sauce and sugar. In some restaurants, the additional ingredients such as mushroom are added.




A popular Korean street food known as a sweeter version of a western pancake is hotteok. It is a flat, round dough filled with a mixture of cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, and small pieces of peanut and cooked on the griddle. This food has irresistible taste as well as crunchy outer and soft inner.




With the combination of spicy and sweet taste, a common spicy Korean food made of cylindrical rice cakes, triangular fish cake, vegetables, and sweet red chilli sauce, tteokbokki is greatly popular. You can find and taste tteokbokki at the street vendors.




Seolleongtang is a traditional Korean soup made from ox bones, ox meat and briskets and seasoned with salt ground black pepper, chopped green onions, or minced garlic. The soup has a milky white and cloudy color. Koreans often eat the soup with rice. Its renown is soft but chewy texture and tasty broth. You can find seolleongtang in most Korean restaurants in Seoul.



Soondubu Jiggae

Soondubu Jiggae is a spicy Korean stew made with tofu, vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, beef or pork, and gochujang (chilli paste) and served in a large stone bowl. The ingredients to make soondubu jiggae is varied from chef and region.




A grilled slices of pork belly meat that are not marinated or seasoned, Samgyeopsal is one of the most dishes in South Korea. To eat it, Koreans dip the meat in seasoning made of salt and pepper mixed in sesame seed oil and wrap in lettuce with grilled slices of garlic, grilled slices of onion, shredded green onions, and kimchi.



Haemul Pajeon

Haemul Pajeon is a Korean pancake made with green onions, egg batter, wheat flour, and rice flour and seafood. Oysters, shrimp, squid, and clams are common seafood ingredient. It has soft and chewy texture and mixture of seafood flavors. Koreans eat Haemul Pajeon as a main dish.




A traditional Korean porridge, hobakjuk is made from steamed pumpkin and glutinous rice. Even it has a simple look, it is sweet and tasty due to the pumpkin. Served with both hot and cold, hobakjuk is a popular meal for breakfast and unwell people.




Consisting of long, thin noodles, cucumber, slices of Korean pear, slices of beef and a hard-boiled egg, naengmyeon is a cold Korean noodle. The ingredient to make the noodles is varied from buckwheat, potatoes, sweet potatoes arrowroot and kudzu due to the type of naengmyeon. During summer, it is a popular dish to cool off.




A unique Korean dish, soondae is a sausage made from pig’s intestines stuffed with several ingredients which are different according to the province in South Korea. Soondae is essentially chewy on the outside and soft on the inside. The mixed ingredients create an interesting mix of tastes and textures.




During the summer, samgyetang, a traditional Korean soup made of chicken, garlic, rice, scallion, Korean jujube, Korean ginseng, and spices is very popular. It is popular for its high nutrition as well as its creamy and tasty flavor.



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