There is an endless list of the Korean favorite dishes. And as Koreans tend to serve an average of ten dishes a meal, people get to try and taste most of their favorite dishes more often.
Soups & Noodles
Kalguksu Noodle Soup – This soup uses the kalguksu noodle made from soy bean and wheat flour. The broth is flavored with kelp and anchovies and later garnished with eggs and chili pepper.
Basic Stock Soup – Made with either beef or pork, this soup is the regular stock soup with very Korean taste. Beef or pork bones are cut up and boiled and flavored with onions, garlic, pepper, salt, and ginger.
Clam and Cabbage Rolls – The clam meat is cooked and chopped and then mixed with chopped onions and eggs, and then seasoned with pepper, salt, sesame paste, and garlic. The mixture is the stuffed into cabbage leaves and then fried and served in a broth. There are also shrimp and lobster variants to this dish.
Chicken & Poultry
Sesame Chicken Wings – This is very similar to the Western Hot Wing dish, but with a very distinctive Korean twist. The wings are marinated in milk, fried and then cooked with sesame paste, soy sauce, and honey sauce.
Korean Grilled Chicken – The world’s most popular dish gets its Korean version from its marinade, which includes soy sauce, brown sugar, Asian mustard, ginger, pepper, sesame oil, and vinegar.
Spicy Beef Bolgogi – This is a favorite not only in Korea but also around the world. The beef is sliced thinly and cooked with soy sauce, red peppers, brown sugar, sesame seeds, ginger, and garlic. This is usually served with rice, red lettuce, and jalapeño peppers.
Steamed White Meat Buns – This is similar to most Asian buns, where the bread is stuffed with meat and steamed. The basic meat stuffing uses pork soaked in a mixture of rice wine, soy sauce, vegetable oil, sugar, black pepper , salt, sesame oil, and chopped ginger and onions. The meat is marinated for a day and then chopped and stir fried. Beef, shrimp, crab, veal, and oyster can also be used instead of pork.
Grilled Meat Balls – The meat is grind and mixed with eggs, garlic, flour, salt, pepper, and breadcrumbs and are boiled to cook. The meat balls are then skewered and grilled usually with vegetables like onions, peppers or pineapple chunks in between. The meat balls are served hot with sweet and sour dip. Chicken, beef, or pork can be used.
Kimchi – This is most popular Korean dish. It is a combination of different vegetables, mainly cabbage, green onions, radish, ginger, garlic, red peppers, that are spiced and fermented. Kimchi is a staple dish and is served in almost every meal.
Anchovies– The anchovy is stir fried in sesame oil until crisp. It is then flavored with red pepper paste, salt, soy sauce and honey, giving the perfect fusion of salty, crispy, spicy, and sweet.
Soy Bean Sprouts – This is another popular Korean side dish. The bean sprouts are blanched and flavored with red pepper sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and salt. Chopped onions, shredded carrots and toasted sesame seeds are added.
Radish Salad – The radish is shredded washed and the juice squeezed off. It is then flavored with vinegar, sugar, salt and ground red pepper.
Baesook – This sweet desert is made of pears, soaked and cooked in sugar and peppercorns. Baesook is served cold and garnished with pine nuts.
Chapssalddeok – These are rice cakes filled with a variety of sweet fillings like red bean paste, red date paste, chestnut paste, and sesame paste. These are served in special occasions like weddings, royal events and birthdays. There are also the plain rice cakes served everyday, sans the fillings.
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