5 Delicious Korean Foods To Tantalize Your Travel Taste Buds

September 4, 2013 | By More
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The beauty of Korea and the food available there is that there is something for everyone. Like the Korean culture, the foods of Korea are filled with color. spice and interesting flavors.  Metropolitan areas across the globe has seen a growing presence of Korean restaurants offering delicious cuisine well worth sampling.  While most of us are readily familiar with Chinese, Thai, and Indian food, you may not have tried Korean food yet – you’re in for a treat!

Here’s a quick guide to Korean dishes that will surely make you a fan of the unique flavors of Korea.

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Kimchi (kim-chi):

Kimchi is the national dish of Korea. At first it can sound daunting to us westerners because of the word “fermented” but don’t forget that we eat a lot of fermented foods already – yoghurt and bread for example. In the case of kimchi the cabbage is coated leaf by leaf in a delicious spicy mix of hot pepper flakes, garlic, chives, onion, pear juice, and more. It is then able to be eaten right away (in which case it is fresh, not fermented) or you can leave it out of the refrigerator for two or three days to start the fermentation process. As it ferments it develops a rich and slightly sour flavor – true also of German sauerkraut (which means sour herb or cabbage). Kimchi is such an important dish in Korea that it is eaten with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Japchae (chap-chae):

It is a Korean style stir fry noodles. For all of you typical noodle lover’s, this is the dish for you. Filled with an array of crunchy vegetables which are cooked to crisp perfection, you cannot go wrong with this meal. The fact that it is available all over Korea makes it easy to understand why so many people love it. Flavorful and fresh, it is the perfect remedy for a hungry stomach!

Soondubu Jjigae (soon dubu jigae):

Soondubu jiggae is a hot and spicey Korean soft tofu stew (jiggae) – thicker than a soup but thinner than a porridge. It starts with a delicious fish stock and a little beef to deepen the flavor then finished off with fresh shell fish, hot pepper flakes, silken tofu, and eggs which are optional. The best thing about this stew is that you – the cook – can control how hot you want it but limiting the quantity of hot pepper flakes. You can have it blisteringly hot or very mild which is particularly handy if you are cooking for children who can’t stomach their food too spicy. The small amount of beef is typical of Korean food and illustrates how healthy it is – the meat is used for flavor rather than stomach filling.

HoddeokSweet syrupy pancakes:

Now, doesn’t that sound delicious? Wake up to Hoddeok (sweet syrupy pancakes) and you will have the best start to your day. But, these delectable delights are also edible as a snack at any time of day. The kids love it, maybe you will too if you are the host of a relentlessly insatiable sweet tooth!

Ddukbokkie (dduk-bok-gi):
Rice cake street food, also known as Ddukbokkie comes in many different versions all over Korea. This is exciting because you’ll never get the same dish twice and can spend your stay locating the variety you prefer. Although different every time, depending on where you go, what you are guaranteed is a spicy sweetness, enfolded in what people normally consider bland rice-cakes. This is definitely a versatile dish as you can virtually have anything in it, from fish to plain veggies to chicken, anything else that you’d like.

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About The Author:  This article was shared by the  UK border agency .  Contact them in London to know the details of Korean restaurants in Londdon. Make sure you enjoy your stay or visit in Korea by sampling the rich culinary treats on offer!
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