Dishes in South Korea tend to show similarities to Chinese and Japanese cuisine – the flavour of South Korean cuisine is, without doubt, exquisite. Every bite of the dishes in the city of Seoul explodes with delightful flavour – typically based on meat, noodles, rice, tofu and vegetables; the South Korean cuisine will definitely leave you with wanting more.
During my last South Korea trip, I was able to try out various different dishes from the city of Seoul. Here are a couple of my favourite meals that I was able to try – of course, there are a lot more to try but I will leave that for my next travel after the global pandemic.
Samgyeopsal (Korean BBQ)
If you are a fan of meat, then the first meal you will probably want to have in South Korea is the famous Korean BBQ, also known as Samgyeopsal.
This is typically known as grilled meat, which uses fatty slices of pork, beef or chicken.
In order to intake the delicious samgyeopsal, you will need to master cooking on a grill! With that being said, you will have to fry the dish on a grill situated right in front of you – so you will be the one to decide how you’d want your meat cooked – along with delicious side dishes such as kimchi, marble potatoes, lettuce, gochujang and sesame oil.
Other than the famous Samgyeopsal, South Korea is known for their famous dish called Kimchi. You will definitely not miss out on kimchi during your stay in Seoul!
Being a famous traditional dish in the city, it is made from salted and fermented vegetables (mostly cabbages). Upon staying in Seoul, you will learn that there are a lot of variety of kimchi such as: sweet, spicy, garlic, ginger and more.
Street Foods in Myeongdong
Myeongdong is a famous place to visit when you are staying in Seoul – whether this may be for shopping at souvenir shops, checking out the cosmetic and clothing stores or simply to enjoy delicious and irresistible South Korean street foods; Myeongdong has so much to offer to its visitors!
Immerse yourself into a food paradise as you walk through the streets of Myeongdong. Notice that in every corner you will be greeted by a different street food such as grilled lobster tails, strawberry red bean mocha, scallion skewers, spicy fish cakes and many more that will leave you craving for more.
Known as the Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup, this dish is delicious during the winter season – or at least for me. After all, who wouldn’t love a refreshing hot soup when it is freezing outside?
Consisting of a whole free-range chicken, stuffed with numerous nutrients such as glutinous rice, jujube, gingko nuts, garlic, ginger, wolfberry and other medicinal herbs while it was soaked in a milky broth with a whole piece of ginseng – it sounds delicious, right? Trust me, the moment you taste it – you will be in awe with the flavour. The chicken was extremely tender, which was not difficult for me to remove the bones as they simply fell right off without any tension.
This has to be one of the best and most satisfying meals that I have ever tasted during my Seoul trip