Top 3 Korean Foods You Have to Try This Spring
The Korean culture is quite unique in its approach to food. Food seems to permeate every aspect of life. If you have watched a Korean drama or movie you will undoubtedly have noticed that in at least one scene someone is eating. There are even entire films and dramas based around Korean cuisine (Dae Jang Geum 大長今, anyone?).
Below we have listed 3 dishes that, in our opinion, you have to try this Spring if you haven’t yet.
1. Korean Rice Cakes
When you visit S. Korea, you will notice that Korean Rice Cakes a.k.a Dduk-bokkie is one of the most beloved snacks especially where young people hang around. In large Korean cities like Seoul, the streets are filled with vendors selling their own special recipe versions of the most popular street food. Dduk-bokkie is one of the most popular and it comes in various styles.
The sauce is spicy but it is also very sweet and packed with an immense amount of flavour. The spiciness is cut by the long cylindrical rice cakes which, when cooked, become chewy and soft. The rice cakes are probably the most unusual part of the recipe for most westerners but when they try it – they’ll love it.
Japchae is one of the most popular dishes at family-gatherings in S. Korea, and now it has become wildly popular outside of Korea. When you taste it you will understand why.
Originally Japchae was made without noodles – it was invented for the King by one of his chefs and he loved it so much that it became famous across Korea. In more recent times the noodles were added and now they are an essential element to the dish. The noodles used are sweet potato starch noodles which give Japchae its very distinct chewy texture. The vegetables are all lightly cooked so they retain all their flavours.
3. Dolsot Bibim–bap
If you have never tried Korean food before and want to try only one dish from this list, let it be Dolsot Bibim–bap. In Korean, “dolsot” means earthenware pot, “bibim” means mixed, and “bap” means steamed rice. All of the ingredients except the meat, which is optional, are prepared in advance so you can add them at room temperature to the top of hot steamed rice. You then add your favourite stir-fried meat and a just cooked sunny-side up egg to the top.
Dolsot Bibim–bap is usually served with a spicy sauce made from Korean hot pepper paste, a.k.a Gochu-jang, which you can add to your liking – allowing you to control how spicy it is going to be. You then use your spoon to mix them all until all the ingredients are properly mixed together. The trick then is to see how much you can fit in your mouth in one go! This really would be a taste sensation for a new comer and we’d argue that Dolsot Bibim–bap is impossible not to fall in love at first bite!
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