Getting to Know the Top Foods of South Korea

More South Korean Foods to Love

The western world’s love affair with Korean cuisine has been a charmed one. Loving kimchi, bibimbap and bulgogi as we do, we have made these the top sellers in many Korean restaurants across the US. But this Asian cuisine is not just all about the Big 3. There are other delicious dishes we’re missing.

How about South Korea’s stir fried noodles? The Japchae or Chapchae is a traditional Korean noodle dish. It’s made up of sweet potato noodles or glass noodles with vegetables and beef that are thinly shredded. Ingredients are stir-fried in sesame oil with just a hint of soy sauce and sugar. It is typically served as a side dish but also served on a bed of rice as the main dish. Some chefs cook the noodles separately from the ingredients – it is said to enhance the flavors and texture better.

The sweeter version of the Western pancake, hoeddeok or hotteok, is a popular Korean street food, especially during winter. It’s a pancake with brown sugar syrup inside. The dough is flat and round, crunchy on the outside, filled with a mixture of cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, and peanuts, and cooked on a griddle. Another popular street food is Ddukbokkie or tteokbokki, made of cylindrical rice cakes, triangular fish cake, vegetables, and sweet red chili sauce. It’s a combination of spicy and sweet flavors. The Haemul Pajeon is another pancake-like dish predominantly with seafood ingredients – oysters, shrimp, squid, and clams – mixed with flour, onions and egg batter.

Let’s do soups and stews. Seolleongtang is a traditional hot Korean soup made from ox bones, ox meat and briskets; a local dish of Seoul. The broth is of a milky white, cloudy color and is often eaten with rice, very flavorful and chewy. The Soondubu jiggae is a common spicy Korean stew generally made of tofu, vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, beef or pork, and chili paste. A raw egg on top gives additional flavor. Naengmyeon is a cold noodle dish, often of buckwheat, that consists of long, thin noodles, cucumbers, slices of pear, slices of beef and a hard-boiled egg. It’s a cool-off dish during summer.

All Seasons’ Korean Delights

Are you ready to try other South Korean dishes to captivate your taste buds? Look no further than Korean Tofu House, your UW Korean restaurant. Whatever the season, we’ve got something for you.