Unique Korean Food to Try While Visiting Seoul

Seoul, South Korea
Thanks to the advent of Korean dramas and shows, Korean food is in the spotlight nowadays and many are curious about unique Korean food to try while visiting Seoul. A lot of Korean restaurants have opened worldwide and people just can't stop salivating in these delicious treats and today, I wanted to share with you some of the favorite Korean food of travelers in Seoul, South Korea. Photo credits to owners (ctto)

1. Galbi – marinated short ribs or more known as Korean BBQ made up mostly of pear-soy marinade that has super sweet and salty taste to it.

2. Bulgogi (pulkogi) – marinated beef that taste likie galbi but thinner cut of meat.

3. Jjajjangmyeon (jajangmyon)– noodles in black bean sauce. It originated in China and Koreans have grown fond of it and has become the most popular take out item in Seoul.

4. Seolleongtang (solongtang) – creamy ox bone soup. It is a milky soup from ox bones boiled for over 3 hours.

5. Bibimbap (bibimbap) – rice with beef, vegetables and red chili paste called gochujang top with sunny side up egg. All the ingredients are mixed and voila, a tasty and healthy meal.

6. Budae jjigae (boo-de chige) – a stew made with kimchi, ramen, sliced sausages, spam, tofu, & rice cake. Created after the Korean war

7. Gamjatang (kamjatang) – spicy pork bone stew
with potatoes

8.    Samgyeopsal (sam-gyup-sal) – Thick slices of pork


9. Japchae (chap-che) - hair noodles mixed with various vegetables

10. Kimchi - the most famous food in Korea; made up of fermented cabbage.

Here are other notable Korean food:

Yukgaejang or spicy beef soup is a spicy, soup-like Korean dish made from shredded beef with scallions and other ingredients
Kimchi jjigae is made with kimchi and other ingredients, such as scallions, onions, diced tofu, pork, tuna and seafood
Korean noodle dish made of long and thin handmade noodles
seoul, south korea
Gim is dried-seaweed, often sprinkled atop of a range of dishes and even rice
Doenjang-jjigae or soybean paste stew is a rich, silky jjigae made with doenjang
Sundubu-jjigae or soft tofu stew is a jjigae in Korean cuisine
Kongjaban - A sweet and nutty side dish, these seasoned black beans are a protein-filled complement to any Korean meal
Tteok-bokki or spicy stir-fried rice cakes is a popular Korean food
Kong-guksu or noodles in cold soybean soup is a seasonal Korean noodle dish served in a cold soy milk broth
Tteokguk or sliced rice cake soup is a traditional Korean dish eaten during the celebration of the Korean New Year
Jangjorim (장조림) is a Korean side dish consisting mainly of boiled or braised beef and soy sauce
Mandu are dumplings in Korean cuisine. Mandu can be steamed, boiled, pan-fried, or deep-fried
Hotteok is a type of filled Korean pancake; it is a popular street food in South Korea
Considered as Korean version of pizza but made of a lot of vegetables


here’s the list of the most unique Korean food to try while visiting Seoul:

1. Galbi

2. Bulgogi

3. Jjajjangmyeon

4. Seollongtan

5. Bibimbap

6. Budae jjigae

7. Gamjatang

8. Samgyeopsal

9. Japchae

10. Kimchi


11. Yukgaejang

12. Sondubu stew

13. Gim

14. Bibim Naengmyeon

15. Doenjang jjigae

16. Kimchi jjigae

17. Hotteok

18. Tteokbokki

19. Kongguksu

20. Tteokguk

21. Jangjorim

22. Mandu

23. Kongjaban

24. Haemul Pajeon


There you have it, some of the best and most unique Korean food and you can use this as a handy guide if you visit Korea and you can’t understand the menu. Be sure to comment down below which one is your favorite or which one you would like to eat first.


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