5 Of My Favorite Korean Dishes
It has been a long time since I talked about something else but Korean grammar. So I decided to spice things up. Let’s talk Korean dishes and how amazing they are. I think anyone who has ever tasted Korean food will tell you it is absolutely delicious; the best and all other kinds of praises you can imagine. But, if you don’t know any Korean dishes and you would like to know where to start, I’ll help. Here are 5 of my favorite Korean dishes.
1. Budae Jjigae
When I first tried Korean food I didn’t really like it. It was way too different from what I was used to. There was no Korean dish out there I enjoyed. Until I encountered budae jjigae (부대찌개). Budae jjigae is really simple dish. You look what’s in your pantry and grab everything you think would fit in a budae jjigae: ramyeon noodles, mandu, tteok, kimchi, sausage, etc. Everything into the pot and then heat it up. You’re done. That’s essentially budae jjigae. It is beauty in simplicity.
Of course what I just said is a hugely oversimplifying making budae jjigae, but, trust me, it isn’t that hard. Luckily you can find recipes for it all over the internet. I recommend following this recipe to ease you into things. In my opinion budae jjigae is a great dish to get your feet wet in the Korean cuisine.
We are sometimes so lazy we really don’t want to put any effort into anything. Luckily for us we don’t have to put effort into cooking at all thanks to ramyeon (라면). These easy to make instant noodles are little pieces of heaven and there are hundreds of different varieties. Whatever taste you want, there is probably a type of ramyeon out there for you.
Now don’t go thinking just because it is some instant type of thing you can’t upgrade it. Ramyeon is the pêrfect candidate to upscale a simple instant noodle cup to an awesome lunch. I’ll let Maangchi explain how you can turn a humble package of ramyeon in an awesome bowl of excellence.
I like stews and you’ll notice going through this list. I don’t know why. Perhaps it is the ease of making a stew or the way how its taste keeps improving as time passes after you’ve made. Stews are simply amazing. Do you something that is awesome when stewed? Pork. Koreans have the best pork stews in the world. I kid you not. Take for example Galbijjim (갈비찜). Once you’ve tasted these stewed pork ribs you won’t want pork ribs any other way.
If you are not in Korea, you can make it yourself. The internet is swarmed with great galbijjim recipes. Let me recommend this particular recipe for galbijjim, it is simple and delicious.
When you feel down and sad, a good, hearty stew is what we need. Have you ever tried dakbokkeumtang (닭볶음탕) before? This is excellent comfort food. The in a red spicy broth stewed potatoes, carrots and delicious pieces of chicken are exactly what any doctor will prescribe when you feel down during dark days. It is simply perfection every bite you take.
Never tried this before and want to try it? Make it yourself. The beauty of dakbokkeumtang is the ease to make it and to help you along here is a delicious recipe. Now go, make and devour this joyous stew.
PS: This delicious chicken stew is also (better) known as dakdoritang (닭도리탕).
5. Korean Fried Chicken
If there is one type of dish that is beloved by all Koreans, it probably is going to be fried chicken (프라이드 치킨). Whatever the time, whatever the situation, you can always turn up with fried chicken and people will smile and welcome you with open arms. Korean fried chicken is really crunchy and comes with these awesome sticky sauces that just makes want to keep eating. If you happen to be in Korea, treat yourself to some fried chicken. Korean fried chicken is a must have.
However, if you aren’t planning to go to Korea anytime soon, just make it yourself. It isn’t that easy and the result makes the effort absolutely worth it. Here is a simple recipe not only explaining to you how to get the right crunchiness, but also shares a delicious sticky sauce.
No Korean dishes list would be complete without a single mention of kimchi. So I kept it as a little bonus. Kimchi is so quintessential Korean and so delicious, I really don’t have to explain it to you. Besides it is simply impossible to tell you what is awesome kimchi. There are so many different types of kimchi out there to try out. I even wrote about it earlier so check that out and explore.
Those are some of my favorite Korean dishes. What is your favorite Korean dish? Let us know in the comments below so we can teach each other new exciting foods to try. There is always something you know, others have yet to discover.