Korean food is one of the most interesting cuisines the world over. Characterized by the inclusion of several side dishes, the traditional Korean meal is based on meats, vegetables and rice and is typically accompanied by the famous kimchi, a fermented vegetable dish usually made of cabbage or raddish and spices like garlic, chili, ginger and scallions.
Meats are usually grilled like the delicious bulgogi which is grilled strips of beef, pork or chicken, a staple in most Korean restaurants here an abroad.
A typical Korean barbecue (gogigui) comes with lettuce, garlic, scallions, pepper and chili paste with which you can wrap the grilled meats with. The combination of the meat, vegetables and chili is sure to whet the appetite of anyone who tries this.
Samgyeopsal, though not as healthy as other Korean dishes, is grilled thick, fat slices of pork belly which is cooked without marination giving you pure delicious pork flavor. Like other Korean grilled dishes, samgyeopsal is eaten with sides of lettuce, garlic, chili, kimchi, scallions, and is dipped in a sauce usually mad of sesame oil, soybean paste, chili, salt and black pepper. Makes your mouth water just thinking of it.
Koreans are also fond of soups and stews which are actually found in everyday Korean meals. Galbitang which is a soup made by simmering short ribs (galbi) in a slow-cook style to achieve that melt in your mouth tenderness of the meat.
Sundubu jjigae is a Korean stew made of soft, velvety tofu, mushrooms, seafood like mussels, oysters, clams and shrimps, and sometime with beef or pork spiced by the traditional chili paste, and topped with a raw egg. This is typically cooked on the table and eaten while piping hot.
Interestingly Koreans have what they call haejangguk or hangover stew, which is meant to chase away your hangover after a night of drinking. There are several variations of the stew but is generally made of vegetables, usually cabbage, and meat, with some variations using ox blood or blood sausage.
Chueotang is a soup made of mudfish, vegetables, soy bean paste and red pepper paste and is supposed to help one cool down from the heat. The ingredients are high in vitamin C, calcium and proteins and is believed to give one a smooth and glowing complexion.
Chicken dori tang or spicy chicken stew is chicken braised with spices until the chicken is fall-off-the-bones tender. It is made spicy with gochujan or red chili pepper paste and gochugaru or red chili pepper flakes. Lovers of spicy, hot food will surely enjoy this stew.
Speaking of chicken we cannot miss mentioning the famous Korean fried chicken which is double fried to achieve its crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside texture and flavored with a sweet, sour and salty taste. This chicken dish is so delectable that you will want to eat it again and again.
The Koreans also have their version of dumplings called mandu which are filled with meat and mixed with sesame oil, garlic, mushrooms, tofu and green onions. These are served steamed or fried and are eaten with a dipping sauce made of soy sauce, vinegar and some chili.
And Koreans also have their own version of the sushi called gimbap which is made by rolling rice and combinations of vegetables, tofu, eggs and meat in dried seaweed and seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar, sesame seeds and sesame oil. Unlike Japanese sushi, the gimbap can stand on its own and is eaten without any soy sauce or wasabi. Yum!
Of course Korean food will not be complete without noodles and rice.
Bibim guksu or cold noodles is made of thin, long, chewy wheat flour noodles served cold in either a spicy sauce or soup. Because it is served cold this is a very popular dish in summer. The noodles are spiced with red pepper powder, garlic and sesame oil and flavored with a sweet-and-sour combination from the vinegar and sugar.
And who can resist a plate of kimchi fried rice or kimchi bokkeumbap. Just cook the rice with chopped kimchi and throw in any meat you like – beef, pork, chicken- add in some scallions, soy sauce and sesame oil and top with a fried egg and you’ve got a tasty complete dish. This is so delicious in its simplicity!
Korean food is by far one of the most delicious and tasty cuisines in the world. And a travel to Korea is not complete without savoring these mouthwatering dishes and more. Travel to Korea with a Filipino group and Filipino escort/coordinator now and enjoy the flavors that Korea brings. Just click on this link to get the best deal http://pathwaystravelandtours.com/package/korean-blossom/.