About Korean Food

Korean cuisine is made up of unique aromas and tastes. In addition to being highly nutritious, Korean cuisine is also low in calories. Popular seasonings and condiments include garlic, Korean chili paste (gochujang), scallions, soy sauce, soybean paste (doenjang), ginger and sesame oil.

Kimchi | Rice & Side Dishes | Noodles | Soups & Stews

Meat, Poultry & Fish | Traditional Snacks | Popular Street Food | Regional Delights


Kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish that can be stored for a long time. In the past, Koreans used to prepare it as a substitute for fresh vegetables during the winter months. To this day, housewives still make large amounts of kimchi to last through winter sometime between late November and early December. This nationwide annual tradition is called gimjang, which was recently registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There are several hundred varieties of kimchi differentiated by region and ingredients. Although usually a side dish, it is also often used as the main ingredient for other dishes like kimchi stew, kimchi pancake, kimchi fried rice, kimchi noodles, and many others. In recent years, kimchi has become very popular for its nutritional value and healthful properties.

Rice & Side Dishes

  • Hanjeongsik : Korean set menu
  • Bibimbap : Steamed rice topped with various vegetables and beef, then mixed with Korean chili paste
  • Yeongyang Dolsotbap : Deluxe hot pot rice
  • Juk : Rice porridge
  • Namul : Seasoned vegetables
  • Jeon : Pan fried vegetables


  • Mul Naengmyeon : Cold buckwheat noodles
  • Bibim Naengmyeon : Spicy buckwheat noodles
  • Kalguksu : Noodle soup
  • Kongguksu : Noodles in cold soybean soup
  • Ramyeon : Instant noodles
  • Japchae : Stir-fried glass noodles and vegetables

Soups & Stews

  • Kimchi Jjigae : Kimchi stew
  • Doenjang Jjigae : Soybean pastes stew
  • Sundubu Jjigae : Soft tofu stew
  • Galbitang : Beef rib soup
  • Yukgaejang : Spicy beef soup
  • Haemultang : Seafood stew
  • Manduguk : Dumpling soup

Meat, Poultry & Fish

  • Bulgogi : Barbecued beef
  • Galbi : Beef ribs
  • Samgyeopsal : Grilled pork belly
  • Dakgalbi : Grilled spicy chicken
  • Samgyetang : Chicken ginseng soup
  • Nakji/Ojingeo Bokkeum : Stir-fried octopus/squid
  • Saengseon Gui : Grilled fish

Traditional Snacks

  • Sikhye : Traditional sweet drink made from rice
  • Sujeonggwa : Traditional drink made from persimmons, ginger and cinnamon
  • Hangwa : Traditional cookies
  • Tteok : Rice cake

Popular Street Food

  • Gimbap : Korean rolls
  • Sundae : Korean blood sausage
  • Twigim : Korean fritters
  • Tteokbokki : Spicy rice cakes
  • Eomuk : Skewered
  • Dak Kkochi : Skewered chicken coated in spicy sauce
  • Hotteok : Sugar filled pancake

Regional Delights (Must Eat)

  • Seoul : Seolleongtang (Ox Bone Soup)
  • Busan : Pajeon (Leek and Seafood Pancake)
  • Gyeonggi-do
    • Suwon : Wang Galbi (Beef Ribs)
    • Gapyeong : Megi Maeuntang (Spicy Catfish Stew)
  • Gangwon-do
    • Chuncheon : Dak Galbi (Spicy Grilled Chicken)
  • Chungcheong-do
    • Cheongju : Olgaengiguk (Small Snail Soup)
    • Buyeo : Yeonipbap (Lutus Leaf Rice)
  • Gyeongsang-do
    • Andong : Jjimdak (Braised Chicken)
  • Jeolla-do
    • Damyang : Daetongbap Jeongsik (Bamboo Rice Set Menu)
    • Jeonju : Bibimbap (Rice with vegetables and meat)
  • Jeju Island
    • Okdom Gui (Grilled Pink Snapper)
    • Heukdwaeji Gui (Grilled Wild Boar Meat)
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