Korean Food I Want To Try
I eat a lot - just look at my Instagram! There is, however, still a small handful of foods that I have yet to put in my mouth, but by the end of my year here (or by the end of July at this rate!) I most certainly will have tried them all! Hopefully after reading this, you can add to your list of Korean food you must try during your next trip to South Korea!
It is exactly what it says on the tin: knife-cut wheat noodles floating in a bowl of delicious broth. I'm a big fan of 물냉면 (cold buckwheat noodles in water) so I thought I would really enjoy this dish. In fact…I did! I tried this a few days ago (26th) and it did not disappoint! I had spicy beef broth with knife-cut noodles. It was hearty and warming and the soup added some intense flavour! The noodles are a lot thicker and heavier so it was a little more frustrating to eat (cue splash-back), but I will definitely have it again!
Korean rice porridge
I hear that juk is mainly eaten when you are sick, making it the Korean equivalent of chicken noodle soup in the West…(does anyone actually eat that?). There are actually many variations of this dish, from sweet, dessert-like 호박죽 made with pumpkin, to more savoury soups with meat and vegetables.
Truth be told, I got to try both yesterday (28th) and if I had to recommend one of the two, I would say to order the pumpkin soup! It actually reminded me of English soup because it was puréed, but it is completely different to English soup because it is not an appetiser: I got a massive bowl, a smaller bowl, a ladle, and 4 side dishes! If this is how sick people are supposed to feast, then I’m almost excited for my next cold!
This is the next on my list to try! It typically comes with seafood or fish broth which is a shame because I'm allergic to seafood. However, a friend of mine knows a good place where the dumpling soup is safe for me to eat. I got the chance to try it on 6th July! It was quite plain, but since the side dishes were full of flavour, the simplicity of the dumpling soup was a rather delightful palette cleanser. I’m a big fan of fried and steamed dumplings, as well as boiled dumplings like these ones. I appreciated the rather chewy texture in contrast to the crunchiness of the kimchi and softness of the tofu. Though I have had the same knife-cut noodles (ahem, three or four times) and Korean rice porridge since I first uploaded this blog post, I doubt I will order dumpling soup again.
The last thing on this list is the only thing that I have yet to try, and that is…
Similar to South Korea, England also has a 해장 (hangover remedy) culture. I personally would have a dirty Full English Breakfast and a fizzy sports drink to feel a little better. Some people go for the ‘hair of the dog’ approach and drink more alcohol, nursing their headache with a Bloody Mary at Brunch.
South Korea has numerous meals and drinks for hangovers, and rightly so, as the world's largest consumer of spirits! However, with ‘hangover’ in the name, ‘Hangover stew’ is simply one of the most well-known Korean hangover remedies!
If I had written this blog post two months ago, this list would be a lot longer! I've tried 순대 (blood sausage), 족발 (pig trotters), 보쌈 (boiled pork), 번데기 (silkworm pupa)…When I first wrote my Japan vs. South Korea blog post, I wrote that South Korea doesn't have as much variety with their food. A few months have passed and I feel that I can retract that statement!
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