I’ve always thought that I don’t like Korean foods until I go to Korea and taste the super yummy and tasty Korean foods. I’m addicted to Korean foods right now. The foods really makes me want to go back to Koreaaa.. 😀
Everyday when I was in Korea, I ate yummy Korean foods. Even though the average price per meal up to 8,000-10,000 won, but it’s all worth it. The portion was big (for Indonesian people), side dish like Kimchi or other vegetables are free, mineral water (refill) is also free, plus the foods are really tasty. It seems we spent so much money on foods, but really satisfied! 😀
Below are the lists of the Korean foods that we tasted in Korea (especially in Seoul) and I think you have to try it too if you go to Korea.
Dakgalbi is basically a chicken mixed with Korean sauce, Gochujang, and usually also mixed with the vegetables like cabbage, potatoes, etc. Here you can also choose want to eat noodles or rice. The most popular is actually the noodles one. But because at that time we’re so hungry, so we decided to eat rice, or can be called as “Marinated Chicken Galbi Fried Rice”. To me the foods tasted so good so nice. The side dishes are also yummy. The price was reasonable, 6,000 won per person.
Restaurant Name: Yoogane Chicken Galbi
Address: 66-6 Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In this restaurant, 1 table is for 1 kind of food. At that time 1 table for five of us, then the waiter served us the Marinated Chicken Galbi Fried Rice for 5 persons. It was a large portion, enough for 5 persons. This restaurant is the most famous restaurant for its Dakgalbi. In Seoul there are a lot of Yoogane Restaurant, but the most famous one is in Myeongdong.
Holdak is a Korean Fried Chicken. It’s all about chicken and chicken. Koreans love Chicken! Holdak can be found everywhere in Korea. You can find it at the street vendors or in the restaurant. It’s one of the most famous Korean’s street food. It’s sometimes served with Tteokbokki too, and sometimes served with Mayonaise sauce too. Yumyum! I love Holdak 😀
3. Chicken Ginseng Soup (Samgyetang)
Korea is a Ginseng country, no wonder that there’s a food that contains Ginseng, called Chicken Ginseng Soup, or “Samgyetang” in Korean language. It’s a must-try food when you’re in Korea. There are two types of chicken which you can try, the white chicken and black chicken. We chose the white chicken at that time. The white chicken is actually cheaper than the black chicken, the price differences can be reach 5,000 – 7,000 won. So we ordered 2 “Ginseng Chicken Soup with Wild Ginseng Adventitious Roots (Tosokchon Sansam Baeyanggeun Samgyetang)” for the five of us. Then we also ordered “Seafood and Green Onion Pancake (Haemul Pajeon)” as our snack, and it’s like Martabak for us.
Restaurant Name: Tosokchon Samgyetang
Location: Nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace
Address: 5 Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Sajik-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In my opinion, Samgyetang is actually yummy if we know how to eat. So we have to mixed it with Salt & Black Pepper to the soup, otherwise it’s tasteless. In this restaurant, the Kimchi was very tasty. I love it. But unfortunately our Haemul Pajeon wasn’t tasted good, it’s weird for us. We also tried how’s the taste of eating raw Ginseng. Well, it’s not that bad. You should try it too 🙂
4. Gimbap / Kimbap
Gimbap / Kimbap is actually similar with Sushi Rolls in Japan. The difference is on the rice and the fillings. At that time, I bought Gimbap at the small restaurant near our guesthouse in Hongdae area. And the taste was really really good! 😀
5. Korean BBQ
This! The one you have to try in Korea. At that time we ate Korean BBQ at Nami Island. It’s a recommended one! We can choose whether want chicken or pork, the price is the same, 12,000 won for 200gr and 6,000 won for 100gr. You can also add a rice, 1,500 won. The side dishes were also good. They also provide Lettuces to eat with rice, Korean BBQ, and the vegetables. So, all of the fillings filled into the lettuce (wrapped by the lettuce), then eat. That’s how Korean people eat. Yumyum! It’s so tasty 😀
Restaurant Name: Seomhyanggi
Location: Nami Island
Address: 198, Bangha-ri, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Bibimbap is a rice with mixed vegetables, served with Gochujang sauce. The recommended Bibimbap is at Mt.Seoraksan. They sell the Vegetarian Bibimbap. So, if you’re a Vegetarian you don’t need to worry. Here you can try the tasty Vegetarian Bibimbap. And I think it’s the most delicious Bibimbap I’ve ever tried 🙂
Tteokbokki, who don’t know this Korean food? Tteokbokki is a rice cake in hot Gochujang sauce, so it tastes so spicy and a bit sweet. Even though Tteokbokki is everywhere in the world (I guess), but the taste of authentic Tteokbokki is in Korea. So don’t you ever miss to taste the authentic Tteokbokki 😉
Restaurant Name: Miss Lee Cafe 별다방 미스리
Direction: Anguk Station Line 3 Exit 6. From Exit 6, walk straight ahead then turn left at the first corner. Look for GS25 convenience store. Miss Lee Cafe is located on the second floor.
8. Bomb Pizza
Have you ever heard “Bomb Pizza”? It’s the unique dish you can found in South Korea. Not only because the unique concept, but the taste is quite good. At that time we also ordered Pasta, and it’s tasted good too.
“The Bomb” is actually a dough that is covered with alcohol and set alight in front of those who order it. The dome, which can either be black (squid ink) or pink, then erupts into flames, and after the “show” is finished or as the fire dies down it is then cut open with scissors. After the top is removed a gooey pizza is revealed inside. Not only the pizza we can eat, but the dough “Bomb” itself can be eaten. And it was tasteless, only the crispy taste.
Restaurant Name: The Place
Location: COEX Mall, Gangnam
Address: 서울특별시 강남구 영동대로 513 코엑스몰 B1 J102
9. Carbonara Chicken
Koreans are really love chickens. Not only have Holdak or Fried Chicken, but they also have Carbonara Chicken. The taste is really really good. If you’re bored with Fried Chicken, this chicken can be your choice.
Restaurant Name: Poulet Chicken (뿔레 치킨)
Address: 364-1 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
10. Cheese, Grilled Boneless Chicken
Besides fried chicken, carbonara chicken, there’s also cheese chicken. And yesss, it’s so yummyyy~ I love it!
Restaurant Name: Ssenbuldak 센불닭 홍대점
Address: 서울특별시 마포구 동교동 164-19 2층
Sulbing? Yess, it’s the popular dessert in Korea and I’ve tried in Hongdae area. Here is the place to enjoy the Bingsoo, or Korean Shaved Ice.
Restaurant Name: Sulbing (Hongdae Branch)
Address: 팀1994 Donggyo-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul ( 2ND FLOOR )
Direction: Hongik University MRT Station exit 9. Go straight, first alley turn left. Go straight again, find angel in us turn left. Go straight it’s in your left.
12. 32cm Ice Cream
This ice cream has 32cm height. Wow, can you imagine it? The price is only 2,000 won. This can be found everywhere in Seoul, but at that time I found it in Hongdae area.
13. Banana Milk
Korea is very famous of its Banana Milk. And even there’s a Banana Milk Cafe, named Yellow Cafe. Unfortunately I didn’t have any chance to visit the cafe when I was in Seoul last time. Maybe next time!
14. Gyeran Bbang
Gyeran Bbang is actually a bread with egg. The taste is just so-so, nothing special to me. But it’s very popular in Korea.
Kkultarae is a Korean traditional snack you have to try. Kkultarae is made from honey and the most popular one is in Insadong. You also can choose the flavor: Peanut, Almond, Chocolate, Beknyencho, or Green Tea. For Peanut and Almond, the price is 5,000 won. For Chocolate, Beknyencho, and Green Tea, the price is 7,000 won.
Actually there are still some of Korean foods that I tried in Korea, but above are the most interesting foods to tell 🙂