Korea’s Many Delicious Foods
Korean food might not have the exquisite and perfected design like Japanese food. Nor has it the large variety that Chinese cuisine offers. But it certainly has something to it that fascinates travellers from all over the world.
The first the new arrivals should learn is ‘Kimchi‘, since this already takes half the space of an ordinary Korean restaurant’s menu. Kimchi, the spicy, pickled cabbage is eaten with everything, handed to (literally) every meal and tastes nowhere as good as in Korea itself. Trust me, I tried a few other countries. While I had the luck to be travelling around with a guide that was equally or probably even more into the Korean cuisine, I could test a few of Seouls best dishes. There’s hardly an area to be found that doesn’t offer one of the standard dishes, such as Bibimbab, Kimbap, all kinds of soups (‘jjigae‘), noodles (‘gugsu’), rice porridge (‘jug’), the delicious, from Japan imported, Tonkatsu (‘tonggaseu’) and, of course, Kimchi. Kimchi soup, Kimchi Kimbap, fried Kimchi and many more. Now, in case someone is wondering: In Seoul you can find everything. Sometimes it takes some more time to search, but one will be rewarded.
Seoul offers restaurants from all over the world and in case one gets tired of Kimchi one day, which to me seems unlikely, there will always be a good Italian restaurant or a delicious Japanese restaurant right around the corner. There’s only one thing I want the reader to consider: It’s unbelievably hard to find a Chinese restaurant. Not that I am misunderstood – there are lots of nice Korean places with signs reading: “Chinese cuisine”, but truth is, after having spent almost a year in Beijing and Shanghai, it is almost impossible to find a street restaurant that offers even one dish that is remotely resembling the yummy dishes one gets served in the homeland.
So the best advice I can give anybody, who visits Seoul for the first time, is: Be brave! Even if it’s cheap, or the place looks cheap. The taste isn’t. The secret lies in the good sauces that are used in the process of cooking. It is more than worthy a try and will get you hooked in no time.
get you hooked in no time.