Monday, December 15, 2008

100 Korean Foods You Gotta Try

I have lots to blog about since it was a really busy (and fun) weekend but of course I am procrastinating. I found this list on Zen Kimchi's blog and couldn't resist seeing how I score after living in Korea for almost 2 years. You'll notice that most of the foods I haven't tried contain intestines or other yucky parts. The bold ones I've eaten. In total I've had 65% of these must try dishes. ^^ (Matt, who is more adventurous, has tried 71%!)

What have you tried? Anything missing?

1. Myeolchi Bokkeum (Stir-fried Anchovies) 멸치볶음

2. Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup) 삼계탕

3. Bulgogi (Grilled Marinated Beef) 불고기

4. BulDalk (Burn-your-pants-off Spicy Grilled Chicken) 불닭

5. DalkBal (Spicy Chicken Feet) 닭발

6. Korean Fried Chicken 치킨

7. Dalk Galbi (Stir-fried Marinated Chicken and Veggies) 닭갈비

8. San Nakji, chopped (Semi-live Baby Octopus) 산낙지

9. San Nakji, whole (Live Octopus)

10. Sundubu Jjigae (Soft Tofu Stew) 순두부 찌게

11. Juk (Rice Porridge) 죽

12. Galbi (Grilled Short Ribs) (소)갈비

13. Galbitang (Short Rib Soup) 갈비탕

14. Shinseollo (Fancy Hot Pot) 신선로

15. Gobchang Gui (Grilled Beef Intestines) 곱장구이

16. Seng Gan (Raw Beef Liver) 생간

17. Galbi Jjim (Stewed Ribs) 갈비찜

18. Bossam (Steamed Marinated Pork with Lettuce Wraps) 보쌈

19. Japchae (Clear Noodles Stir-fried with Pork and Vegetables) 찹재

20. Jaeyuk Bokkeum (Spicy Stir-fried Pork) 재육볶음

21. Kimchi Jjim (Stewed Kimchi with Tofu)깁치찜

22. Ddong Jip (Chicken Gizzards)똥집

23. Odeng/Eomuk (Street-side Fish Noodles) 어댕/어묵

24. Hoddeok (Stuffed Street-side Pastries) 호떡

25. GeiJang (Raw Fermented Crabs) 게장

26. Hongeo (Fermented Skate) 홍어

27. Gochujang Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly Smothered in Red Pepper Paste) 고추장 삼겹살

28. Lotteria’s Shrimp Burger

29. Sae-u Kang (Shrimp Flavored “Fries”) 새우깡

30. Doenjang Jjigae (Fermented Bean Paste Stew) 됀장찌게

31. Cheonggukjang (Stinky Fermented Bean Paste Stew) 정국장

32. Boshintang (Dog Soup) 보신탕

33. Seonji Haejangguk (Hangover Stew with Clotted Cow Blood) 선지 해장국

34. Ddeokbokki (Chewy Rice Cakes in Spicy Sauce) 떡볶이

35. YukHui (Raw Beef Salad) 육희

36. MiyeokGuk (Seaweed Soup) 미역국

37. Mae-eunTang (Spicy Fish Soup) 매운탕

38. Nakji Bokkeum (Stir-fried Baby Octopus) 낙지볶음

39. Ojingeo (Cuttlefish) (마른) 오징어

40. Beondaeggi (Silkworm Larvae) 번대기

41. Golbaenggi (Sea Snails) 골뱅이

42. Jangeo Gui (Grilled Eel) 장어구이

43. Jaratang (Turtle Soup) 자라탕

44. Bogeo (Blowfish) 복어

45. Sae-u Sogeum Gui (Salt Grilled Shrimp) 새우소금 구이

46. Deodeok Root 더덕

47. BindaeDdeok (Mung Bean Pancake) 빈대떡

48. Pajeon (Green Onion Pancake) 바전

49. Bibimbap (Mixed Rice and Vegetables) 비빔밥

50. Boribap (Mixed Barley Rice and Vegetables) 보리밥

51. Marinated Garlic (마늘장아찌?)

52. Patbingsu (Shaved Ice and Red Bean Treat) 팥빙수

53. Dotorimok (Acorn Jelly) 도토리목

54. Naengmyeon (Chilled Noodles) 냉면

55. Makkoli/Dongdongju (Rice Beer) 막거리/ 동동주

56. Bokbunja (Raspberry Wine) 복분자

57. Soju (Rice Whiskey) 소주

58. Andong Soju (Strong Rice Whiskey from the Andong Region) 안동소주

59. Jogae Gui (Grilled Shellfish) 조개구이

60. Haepari (Jellyfish) 해바리

61. Gyeran Jjim (Steamed Egg) 계란찜

62. Corn Ice Cream

63. Dolsot Bibimbap (Mixed Rice and Vegetables in a Sizzling Stone Pot) 돌솥비빔밥

64. Mandu (Stuffed Dumplings) 만두

65. Ddeokguk (Chewy Rice Cake Soup) 떡국

66. Songpyeon (Stuffed Chewy Rice Cakes) 송편

67. Hot Bar (Fried Fish Batter Street Food) 헛바

68. Shikhye (Sweet Rice Punch) 식혜

69. Any product with Green Tea in it 녹차맛 xxx

70. Gujeolpan (Nine-section Dish) 구절반

71. Yogurt Soju Cocktail

72. Baechu Kimchi (Cabbage Kimchi) 배추김치

73. Any Kimchi that’s over 3 years old

74. Baek Kimchi (White Cabbage Kimchi) 백김치

75. Shake-’em-up Dosirak

76. Mul Kimchi (Water Kimchi) 물김치

77. Oi Sobagi (Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi) 오이소바기

78. Ggakdugi (Cubed Radish Kimchi) 깍두기

79. Sae-u Jeot (Salted Tiny Shrimp) 새우젓

80. Myeongran Jeot (Salted Pollack Roe) 명란젓

81. Changran Jeot (Salted Pollack Guts)장란젓

82. Ssamjang (Mixed Soybean and Pepper Paste) 쌈장

83. Kalguksu (Hand-cut Noodle Soup) 갈국수

84. Ramyeon (Ramen Noodles) in a Tin Pot 라면

85. Entire Hui Meal (Korean style Sashimi) 회

86. Gimbap (Seaweed Rice Rolls) 김밥

87. Jokbal (Pigs Feet) 족발

88. Sundae (Blood and Noodle Sausage) 순대

89. Yeot (Traditional Korean Candy) 엿

90. Naengi (Shepherd’s Purse) 냉이

91. Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew) 김치찌게

92. Budae Jjigae (“Army Base” Stew, traditionally including hot dogs and Spam) 부대지게

93. Agu Jjim (Stewed Monkfish) 아구찜

94. Haemultang (Seafood Soup) 해물탕

95. Nurungji (Hot Water Mixed with Rice Scrapings in a Stone Pot) 누릉지

96. Sujebi (Rustic Dumpling Soup) 수재비

97. Janchi Guksu (Thin Noodles in a Seaweed Broth with Condiments) 잔치국수

98. BungeoBbang (Goldfish-shaped Stuffed Pastry) 봉어빵

99. Raw Ginseng or anything with Ginseng in it 인삼

100. MakHui (Chilled Sashimi Soup) 막희


Anonymous said...

How do you eat an octopus when it is still alive??

Kirsty Bryce said...


ambearo said...

Search it on Youtube or watch the Korean movie "Old Boy". Heheh... It can be done!

JediEmpressMel said...

I can't say that I blame you for forgoing the hangover cure included clotted cows blood, as amazing as that sounds.
I never understood the whole fascination people have with frying up blood. I mean,I know I eat it when I eat meat. But somehow that's just not the same thing at all.

Mez said...

Dog!? Thats wrong in so many ways!

Bybee said...

I had sun-dae and it was better than I thought it would be.

I ate bbondegi and didn't like it at all. bitter taste!

I had juk when I was sick a couple of years ago.

ambearo said...

I plan to try juk before I go... Apparently the 22nd is Juk Day? I'm also thinking about trying the dog soup just to say I did. I hear it's really expensive and greasy (but you're just supposed to eat the meat and not drink the greasy broth?).

Yeah Missy, I don't get the fascination with dishes full of organs or blood. Ick!

Carter said...

Nooo!!! Not dog soup!!!! sob, sob.

Anonymous said...

ehh... good thoughts..