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In the rich culinary culture of Korean specialties , their food is imbued with traditional culture from time immemorial, with dishes such as Kimchi, Bibimbap, smoky mushroom hotpots and especially… Korean barbecue ribs, it seems that these dishes have become a traditional feature in Korean culinary culture. With 12 typical dishes below, we can see some typical features in Korean culinary culture.
1. Bimbimbap – Mixed rice
Mixed rice is noticed first of all by the art of color mixing. Normally, a bowl of bibimbap rice will have at least 6 to 7 dishes or more: white rice, yellow eggs, green vegetables, brown meat… The vegetables are usually chopped cucumbers. , carrots, spinach, bean sprouts already sliced, a little bit of lettuce can also be added, the eggs will be coated or fried with the meat (usually beef) that has been chopped in seasonings, all All these ingredients will be thoroughly mixed with chili sauce before serving. From this blend we get the name ‘mixed rice’.
2. Gimbap – Seaweed leaf roll
The name of this dish is very simple, rice wrapped in seaweed leaves. In terms of shape, Gimbap “looks” like Sushi – also a Japanese dish of rice wrapped in seaweed. But if you pay more attention, you will see, Gimbap is usually bigger because inside, the “stuff” includes many different foods.
Gimbap will also be cut in circles with a thinner thickness than Sushi. If according to the length of a sheet of seaweed, Sushi is cut evenly into 6 slices, then Gimbap can be cut into 12 slices or more. This is also one of the Korean specialties that has become a familiar dish for young Vietnamese people
3. Tteokbokki – Spicy fried sticky rice cake
An attractive spicy stir-fried sticky rice cake, very popular with Korean people. Tteokbokki is cut into cylindrical pieces, then cooked with meat, vegetables, eggs plus spicy chili sauce to bring up the characteristic smell. After ordering this dish, the restaurant will sprinkle a little more fragrant roasted sesame on the hot dish.
4. Naengmyeon – Cold noodles
Cold noodles are often used in large bowls, have a strong smell, and a cool, sweet taste like dissolving the hot summer atmosphere. However, it is not impossible to use cold noodles in the cold season, you can still replace the meat broth with kimchi water and to make the noodles more delicious, you should balance the kimchi broth with the broth.
5. Samgyetang – Ginseng chicken
Every year, according to the Korean calendar, there are three hottest days in summer, called Chobok, Jungbok, and Malbok. In these hot days, the dish that can make people queue up in front of the store even though it’s hot like fire is a cooling and refreshing dish – ginseng chicken (samgyetang).
Young chickens are cleaned, stuffed with ginseng, glutinous rice, abalone, jujube, then sewn with thread, put in a stone pot to stew for many hours. Traditional ginseng chicken stew becomes a nutritious and invigorating dish in the summer in the land of kimchi. At famous local samgyetang restaurants, a bowl of ginseng chicken is also served with ginseng wine for diners to enjoy.
6. Soondubu jjigae – Spicy Tofu stew
Sindubu-jjigae is a tofu dish stewed with scallops in a spicy broth. Soft tofu is made from soaked soybeans, dubbed “beef in the vegetable garden”. It is very soft and has a distinctive taste.
7. Japchae – Korean mixed vermicelli
The main ingredients for making vermicelli are vermicelli and seasonal vegetables (usually thinly sliced carrots, onions, spinach, and mushrooms) and meat (usually beef). Koreans will use sesame oil (sesame oil) to stir-fry. The main seasoning is soy sauce and chili and sesame seeds. Japchae can be eaten hot or cold.
8. Galbi – grilled ribs
Galbi is the common name for grilled ribs in Korean specialty cuisine . Galbi is usually beef or pork ribs or chicken marinated in soy sauce (kanch’ang) and then grilled. When using beef ribs, the dish is also called “sokalbi” or “soekalbi”. If using pork ribs or chicken ribs, it will be called “twaechi galbi” or “t’ak galbi”. However, since beef ribs are most commonly used, sometimes Galbi alone implies grilled beef ribs.
9. Bulgogi – grilled beef
Bulgogi is marinated with soy sauce (soy sauce) and sugar, which makes the dish soft and fragrant – a taste that everyone can feel. Not only the majority of tourists, but also the vast majority of Koreans love Bulgogi. It will be sweet, has a lot of water and only takes a short time to prepare this delicious dish. That’s why Bulgogi is considered the number one dish in Korean specialty cuisine .
When eating Bulgogi, people often wrap it in lettuce, sesame leaves or other leaves and this way of eating gives a more authentic taste and more nutrition than just eating Bulgogi without. For these reasons, Bulgogi is full of nutrients and delicious.
10. Korean seafood cake
A favorite dish of all ages both adults and children, Koreans are proud that this is the Korean version of Pizza. After mixing flour or rice flour with water, sprinkle scallions or chives, add oysters, mussels, shrimp, etc., and fry. Seafood pajeon is suitable for drinking.
11. Korean Kimchi
Although there are hundreds of different types of kimchi in Korea, most types of kimchi have a strong and spicy aroma. Baechu Gimchi is a typical kimchi dish among kimchi types. After being salted, washed, mixed with onions, garlic, chili, ginger, seasoned with spices and then salted. This is considered the best fermented food.
12. Hobak tteok – Pumpkin pie
Hobak Ttseok is the common name for cakes made from steamed or boiled cereal flour. Pumpkin pie is made mainly from pumpkin and is considered a healthy food.
With 12 dishes of Korean specialties mentioned above, we wish you an enjoyable trip and will enjoy all the traditional and extremely unique dishes of this country.