With only 3.5 months left in my second contract, it’s starting to feel very real that soon I will no longer live and work in Korea. I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that I will miss most when I leave. There are some foods that I really enjoy! Keep reading to see the top 10 foods I will miss when I leave Korea.
Gamjatang is a delicious pork broth stew. This stew usually contains pork on the bone, potatoes, spicy peppers, green onions, cabbage, and noodles. I love this soup because it usually has a good kick to it!
Another one of my favorite dishes is bibimbap. It’s one of the most well-known Korean dishes. When I first came to Korea, my favorite version was dolsot bibimbap — which is served in a hot stone bowl with a raw egg on top! Lately, I’ve been really enjoying traditional bibimbap, which is served in a regular bowl and often with an already cooked egg. Bibimbap has rice, lots of veggies, and spicy gochujang paste. Stir it all up — and enjoy! This is a dish that I plan to make sometimes once I get settled back at home.
Another favorite soup is Doenjang. This can be served as a soup (guk) or a thicker stew like the picture above (jjigae). This is made with soybean paste and usually includes tofu, mushrooms, onions, and zucchini. I could eat this soup all the time and probably never get sick of it!
Bulgogi is another popular dish in Korea. It’s marinated beef made with a sweet sauce. You can find this at barbecue restaurants in Korea as well as bulgogi version hamburgers at fast food restaurants. I prefer eating this at restaurants when it’s served alongside lettuce pieces. You wrap your bulgogi and other toppings into the lettuce piece instead of using bread, like a sandwich.
Kimbap is similar to sushi in that it’s made with rice and dried seaweed, but it is stuffed with vegetables and meat instead of seafood. This dish is popular picnic food or for anyone who is looking for something to eat while on-the-go. Some shops add sesame oil to make the kimbap taste extra-delicious. (Yum!)
Kimchijeon is a pancake-like food made of egg, flour, kimchi, green onions, and seafood (usually squid). This dish is served at restaurants as well as at many outdoor festivals. Most people also enjoy drinking makgeolli, a traditional Korean milky rice wine. Pajeon is a similar pancake dish, made without kimchi. I personally prefer the kimchi version.
Bossam is pork belly, which is boiled in spices. It is then cut into thin slices and wrapped in lettuce pieces. When I first heard of this dish, I thought boiled pork belly didn’t sound so intriguing. It is now one of my favorite dishes because of the spices used and the simplicity of the dish. It’s usually served with many side dishes (banchan).
Jappchae is a Korean noodle dish. The noodles are thin and are made out of sweet potatoes. The noodles are stir-fried along with a mixture of vegetables. This is often served as a side dish in Korea.
For me, this is a dish that took some getting used to because of the texture. I kept thinking that I preferred a noodle or pasta texture — but I now really enjoy this dish! Tteokbokki is a dish made with rice cakes, fish cakes, and gochujang, a spicy chili sauce.
Kimchi Bokkeumbap is kimchi fried rice. Often times, it’s served with a fried egg on top! I love kimchi bokkeumbap because who doesn’t love fried rice? 🙂 But really, I enjoy kimchi best when it’s cooked/heated so I really enjoy this combination!
And there you have it! Theses are the top 10 foods I will miss when I leave Korea! Have you ever been to Korea? What are your favorite dishes? Would you try any of these?