Exploring South Korea: South Korean Food

South Korean food is one of the most unique cuisines in the world. With that, what better way than to explore Korean culture through food! Here are some dishes and establishments that you won’t want to miss.

Dishes in Seoul

A woman with green fingernails holding a bowl of red bulgogi on white rice

The proximity of Seoul to the North Korean border means that many dishes have influences and origins from the north. For example, bulgogi, cuts of barbeque beef or pork, was popularized by North Korean refugees. There are many dishes influenced by American culture as well such as dakgangjeong, which is sweet, crispy fried chicken.

South Korea Markets and Street Food

A woman purchasing food from a stalll

Additionally, to really get the full experience, going to one of Korea’s famous markets either in Seoul or Jeju Island will give you a broader experience on the diversity of Korean food. In Seoul, the Gwangjang Market is one of the best places to try traditional Korean street food such as tteokbokki or spicy rice cake with chili sauce and hotteok, or a friend Korean pancake with brown sugar filling.

Korean BBQ

A person cutting raw meat above a grill

Korean BBQ is relatively new cultural phenomenon and is widely popular beyond Korea as well! KBBQ is eaten through cooking various cut of meat on a grill at your table. Once the neat is cooked, make sure to divide the meat up and add green chili, garlic, and gochujang for a full and satisfying bite.


A scoop of green pitbingsoo ice cream on orange crisps

You can never forget about dessert! PatBingSoo is a type of shaved ice where the shaved ice is not just plain ice, but made from milk and often doused in condensed milk as well. This gives it the consistency of eating snow rather than ice. There are a variety of toppings such as red beans, rice cakes, powdered sesame seeds, and more!


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