We all would admit that South Korea have one of the best range of food of all time. What do we mean by that is, if we Malaysians don’t like it, their franchise like Sopoong, Dubuyo, Dakgalbi, K-Fry and many more wouldn’t be spreading like wildfire all over Malaysia right? And they are still opening more branches every day due to popular demand.
Having a Korean meal is slowly becoming a staple food of our own too because of their flavours of sweet and sour, spiciness, juicy and savoury, fits perfectly with Malaysians’ taste buds. If you never tried Korean food before, you’re missing a big part of your life. Here are the best South Korean food you need to try at least once in your life.
Kimchi is an essential dish in Korean cuisine, without them, Korean dinner is deemed incomplete. This fermented vegetables made up of cabbage (which you can change to cucumber, radish etc), some spices, and the most important ingredients that gives off its red colour and spicy taste, gochujang or red chili paste, holds a special place for the fans of Korean food.
Originally a Chinese dish, Koreans have put a little of that Hanguk twist to this noodle cuisine. Korean version have thicker noodles, topped with a thick and greasy sauce called chunjang or black beans, some diced pork and vegetables. Some variant replace the pork with seafood and it taste even better! It’s a staple in Koreans diet as they order jjajangmyeon deliveries at least once a week.
Another best South Korean food is in the form of a Gimbap. Gimbap or kimbap does resembles the Japanese cuisine called sushi but they carry a big difference. While sushi rice is typically seasoned with vinegar, gimbap is seasoned with sesame oil. Kimbap’s filling consist of sauteed vegetables, ground beef, sweet pickled radish cut into long strips and of course, rice. It is rolled together tightly in a sheet of laver seaweed (kim) and then sliced into bite sized circles.
Best South Korean food is widely known amongst Malaysians. Bap, as you might have known already is rice, and bibimbap is Korean mixed rice. The ingredients are consist of rice in a bowl, then the Koreans will arrange the side dish of namul (seasoned and sautéed vegetables), mushrooms, beef, soy sauce, gochujang (chili pepper paste), and a fried egg, arranged neatly on top of the rice. Then, you mix the rice and enjoy your meal anywhere you’d like.
Chuncheon dakgalbi (춘천 닭갈비)
You’ve seen or might have eaten at the Dakgalbi franchise. But, do you know what it is? It originated from the Northeastern city of Chuncheon, and it’s actually a dish of chunks of marinated in gochujang paste, and some other spices and then proceeded to be stir-fried in a large pan with some tteok (rice cake), cabbage, carrots and slices of sweet potato.
Bulgogi is a savory, juicy, dish of grilled marinated beef. The dish does look simple, but it holds a special place for every food-lovers heart. Bulgogi is often grilled with garlic and sliced onion to add flavour to the juicy meat. And you you must cook it in a certain amount of time to get that nice juicy taste. Or you can eat it the traditional way of wrapping it in lettuce and top with ssamjang (a thick, red spicy paste). This is definitely one of the best South Korean food!
Ddukbokki, or also spelled as tteokbokki, is one of the common spicy Korean food. It is made out of cylindrical-shaped rice cakes, some meat like triangular fish cakes, and we cannot forget Korea’s staple of vegetables. And of course, all-time Korean favourite, gochujang. You can get this hot, sweet yet spicy dish at their street vendors or pojangmacha, because it is best served hot, and on the go.
Another Korean favourite of grilled meat, samgyeopsal or grilled pork belly can be cooked marinated or non-marinated. Both are equally scrumptious. You can see in the restaurants that Koreans eat these treats dipped in a seasoning made out of salt, pepper and mixed in sesame seed oil. And then it’s carefully wrapped in lettuce along with some grilled slices of garlic and onion, green onions and of course, kimchi.
This cold Korean noodle dish is made out of long and thin noodles, cucumbers, slices of sweet Korean pear, some beef, and a hard-boiled egg. The noodles are typically made out of buckwheat, potatoes and sweet potatoes or other ingredients depending on the type of naengmyeon. It is a summertime favourite as the cool noodle helps to blew off the summer steam.
Ever tried a blood sausage before? Now you can try soondae, a unique Korean dish made of pig’s intestines stuffed with ingredients like noodles, pork blood, and barley. Some soondae are different from the other according to their fillings and wrappings – mostly because it follows the province or city of where it’s made. Nevertheless, all types of soondae is chewy on the outside and flood with delicious flavours on the inside. Best South Korean food does not get any better!
A healthy and traditional dish, Samgyetang concocted from chicken, garlic, rice, scallion, Korean jujube, Korean ginseng, and spices. It is common to be cooked during the summer and of course, consumed then. It is a bit of an odd thing to do, but Koreans believed to fight the summer heat with something hot to drink. This dish has a high nutritional value and also taste wonderfully creamy.
Okay, we admit, this is the funny one but also the best South Korean food! Everyone loves instant noodles, especially us, we just can’t leave Maggi from our sight. And Koreans are not any different. They even have some brands that are quite popular in Malaysia such as Samyang. And it’s also easy to make, just add hot water and you’re ready to go! Feeling a little bit fancy, then add some eggs, or cheese, or add tteokbeokki like Koreans are doing and call it Rabeokki!
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