Food in Korea is very important and nobody rushes through their meals. Korean food is made to be savored and enjoyed with family and friends. Rice, vegetables, and meats are the staples and they are given taste by such ingredients as pepper flakes, Korean chili, ginger, garlic, salt, soy sauce, and sesame oil. The national dish of Korea is Kimchi which is fermented cabbage. It is so popular that it is eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Korean BBQ is also a much-enjoyed meal. It refers to grilling meat, usually chicken, pork or beef. Many people have grills built into their dining room tables so everybody can cook and eat together while chatting.
Most Popular Korean Food
Some people do eat their Kimchi as soon as it’s made, but most like it fermented. It lasts indefinitely in the fridge so it’s worth making lots of it in one go. It can be eaten it many different ways, for example, simply with plain rice, stirred into chicken noodle soup or on steak.
- Beef Bulgogi
Bulgogi – literally “fire meat”. Korean-style grilled or roasted dish made of thin, marinated slices of beef or pork grilled on a barbecue or on a stove-top griddle. Sirloin, rib eye or brisket are frequently used cuts of beef for the dish.
This is a very popular Korean BBQ dish. It can be found anywhere from upscale restaurants to local supermarkets as pan-ready kits. The dish originated from the northern areas of the Korean Peninsula but is a very popular dish in South Korea.
- Korean BBQ Chicken (dak gogi)
This Korean BBQ chicken is bursting with flavor and is very succulent. Slicing the chicken thighs into strips helps them absorb the marinade flavors.
- SSamjang Sauce
Ssamjang is a thick, spicy paste used with food wrapped in a leaf in Korean cuisine. The sauce is made of doenjang, gochujang, sesame oil, onion, garlic, green onions, and optionally brown sugar.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of Korean recipes and will want to try them out. If you like to barbecue you won’t go far wrong as Korean BBQ is very popular. Why not have a barbecue and serve some Kimchi as a side dish.