Have you ever found yourself gloating over the delightful food when watching Korean dramas? At some point you find yourself drooling when the protagonists give in to the delicious food. If you’re an avid K-drama fan, you’ve probably encountered some of these must-try dishes:
1. Tteokbokki (Rice Cake)
This chewy dish made of white rice cake is widely known as a street food. Made with a combination of gochujang (red chili pepper paste) and gochugaru (red chili pepper flakes), its sweet and spicy sauce is what makes this dish eminent. Some eat this with cheese on top, fishcake, ramen, and even seafood. Tteokbokki can be found throughout the urban streets of South Korea.
2. Triangle Kimbap
Similar to the Japanese onigiri, steamed white rice and other ingredients is wrapped by seaweed into one convenient snack. This triangle-shaped rice roll is usually made at home or purchased in Korean convenience stores. Triangle Kimbap varies in flavor and types: Tuna with mayonnaise, bulgogi, cheesy spicy chicken, and many others.
3. Japchae (Stir-Fried Glass Noodles and Vegetables)
Usually served as a side dish, japchae can also be served with rice as a main dish. This essential holiday dish is simply noodles with thin beef or pork and various vegetables stir-fried in a slightly sweet and flavorful sauce. Some people eat this with egg garnish and pine nut on top.
Literally translated “fire” and “meat”, bulgogi is very popular. Often made at home but most likely found in Korean BBQ restaurants, this addictive dish is made from thin slices of sirloin or other prime cuts of beef. Bulgogi is not limited to beef but can also be prepared with other types of meat like chicken and pork.
The term “bibim” means mixing rice while “bap” means rice. This is served as a rice bowl topped with namul (sauteéd and seasoned vegetables) or kimchi (fermented vegetables), various types of sauce like gochujang or soy sauce, fried egg, and meat. By combining these ingredients, bibimbap emerges as a unique and tasty meal.