When visiting South Korea, there are many traditional dishes you will want to try. Classic South Korean dishes are meat, vegetable, and rice based. The most common spices used for cooking are ginger, soy sauce, dried red peppers, fermented bean paste, and sesame oil.
A favorite street food is hotteok. A hotteok is bread filled with sugar or something sweet. Street vendors, seen here, grill the stuffed bread and serve them to you hot. The ingredients are simple: yeast, sugar, milk, flour, and water. It is the various mixtures inside that make them unique. Some hotteok filling options are sugar and peanuts, or honey and cinnamon. There is a lot of sugar in this Korean dish. The estimated calories in a Hotteok is around 230 to 250, depending on the filling.
Korean barbecue is famous around the world, but tasting the original dish in its mother country is a must. The barbecue meat is chicken, beef, or pork. It is marinated then grilled. Bulgogi is a well known marinated. It is made of sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil. Galbi marinade is similar to bulgogi but infused with sliced onions. Jumulleok is the simplest of sauces. It merely is salt, pepper, and pure sesame seed oil.
Spicy fermented cabbage has been a staple in Korea for hundreds of years. Kimchi begins with cabbage and hot spices. Chili powder, garlic, and ginger kick up the heat factor. Vegetables and spices are married, and traditionally stored in the cool earth until fermented.
South Korea offers a culinary adventure from spicey to sweet. Any visitor to South Korea will find a new favorite dish.