February 11th, 2013
As somebody who has made several trips to Korea, and has a fair share of enjoying Korean cuisine, I must make it clear that all who travel to Korea need to try at least these 3 dishes:
Bibimbap literally means “mixed rice”. A favorite of many, this dish is basicaly just that–“mixed rice”–as it is a bowl of rice with sauteed and seasoned vegetables and chili pepper paste. Often times, a raw or fried egg is placed on top as well as sliced beef.That being said, there are many variations of this dish that include seafood, a variety of vegetables, different meats, etc. “Bap”, or rice, dishes are popular because of their versatility. You can basically do anything you want with them.
I would say it is kind of like fried rice–without being fried, that is.
Bulgogi is thinkly sliced, marinated beef. It is marinated with soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, pepper, and usually has other vegetables cooked with it, such as peppers, onions, and mushrooms.If you stay in Korea, you will encounter this dish plenty of times. For me, it is good home-cooking at its best–it’s almost a comfort food, even.
On a side note, I remember going to an American fast food chain in Korea and being surprised by the existence of the bulgogi burger. Often times it is just a hamburger patty marinated with the sauce commonly made used for bulgogi, but sometimes it is traditional bulgogi on a bun. I’d rather just have it on rice.
85% of Koreans in a 2006 surveysaid that this Korean pork dish was their favorite kind of pork. It is a dish that consists of thick, fatty slices of pork belly and is grilled many times without seasoning or marinade.Often times it is served with vegetables, such as onions, garlic, and bean sprouts, and may include kimchi. You can also wrap it in lettuce, as many restaurants offer. People often dip slices of samgyeopsal in a soybean paste or a chili pepper paste.
There are many restaurants that pride themselves in their samgeyopsal and are most dedicated to serving this dish. Any meat-lover would be unable to resist samgeyopsal, and why would you want to?
Now that your eyes have been opened to the brilliance of Korean cuisine, I hope your taste buds will now be able to enjoy its brilliance as well.