We all love eating food and when it comes to Korean, we cannot help thinking about Kimchi. It has almost become synonymous and we cannot leave kimchi out of Korean food. However, there are many dishes that Korea is famous for. But the media and the internet only have focused on Kimchi and only kimchi as if Koreans do nothing but eat kimchi all day.
It is superficial to shrink the food choice of a country to only one food and if we want to explore the exquisite and tasty food of Korean, we need to look beyond kimchi and get most other dishes defining the culture and taste of Korea.
Let us know about some of the dishes popular in Korea.
Japchae Or Glass Noodles
We have found out what the Koreans love eating in noodles. It is Japchae, a dish made of sweet potato. Well if you visit Korea or Korean style restaurant, you must know a big difference between Korea and other Asian country food habits and tools. Their chopstick is quite different and they do not consider it respectful to keep the bowl near your mouth in the time of eating. That is why they use a spoon for soup or gravy. The noodles are stir-fried in sesame oil and served with thinly sliced meat and vegetables.
A Unique Food- Bibimbap
If you are a fan of Michael Jackson or pop music, you know this dish has been popularized by him outside Korea after his trip. This dish is a really elegant look and made of rice and egg yolk in its center. A lot of meat and vegetables are also added to make it a burst of different flavors in your mouth. People usually add sesame oil or Gochujang, a sort of spicy red pepper taste on this dish. Each spoonful of this dish is unique in taste.
Desserts In Food: Bingsu Or Patbingsu
If you think that your Korean food safari is complete without having desserts, you are wrong. Koreans have a sweet tooth and there are many popular Korean desserts and Bingsu is best known among them. It is made with a heap of ice and sweet condiments are added on top. Koreans order this food on a large amount and have it in groups in cafes by digging from the same bowl. So you better grab it near the next Korean restaurant visit.
Five-Grain Rice Or Ogok-Bap
Like many countries where food is also part of certain rituals, this rice is eaten with multiple grains. The day is observed on the 15th day of lunar month.
Samgye Tang Or What We Know As Gingseng Chicken Soup
This dish has a very long history when it was consumed to fight the scorching heat of tiring summer. This soup is a meal by itself and loaded with a lot of nutrients. Gingseng is the name of the herb that is used to make the chicken soup. The process unique as chefs or cooks fill sticky rice inside young chicken, and other ingredients like dried jujube and gingko nuts are added and boiled into a soup.