Seoul Food: 10 Must-Try Foods When Visiting the City

Bibimbap

With the growing number of Korean restaurants across the globe, more people are no longer strangers to Korean cuisine. You may not have to leave your city to find delicious kimchi and Korean barbecue. But there is nothing quite like having these dishes and a wide array of other delightful Korean food. If you are planning a trip in Seoul sometime soon, here are some of the must-eats you need to try.

Banana Milk
Banana Milk
Many locals and tourists swear by this famous banana milk that you can buy from any supermarkets or convenience stores in Seoul. The product range actually comes in different flavors including melon and strawberry. But the banana takes the crown and an absolute must-try for all banana lovers out there.

Bibimbap
Bibimbap
Like kimchi, bibimbap is easily one of the best known Korean dishes outside of Korea. And Seoul is one of the best places to eat some authentic bibimbap. Enjoy this filling mixed rice dish with ingredients that include rice, egg, meat, assorted vegetables, and Korean red pepper paste.

Bingsu or Patbingsu
bingsu
Enjoy this delicious dessert or snack made of shaved ice and topped with a wide array of treats like beans, fruits, and so much more. Refreshing and delicious, you will savor every spoonful of this delightful dish.

Chimaek
chimaek
Korea sure knows how to make mouthwatering fried chicken. Chimaek is a combination of chicken and beer that you can enjoy either as a meal or snack. Seoul is home to many street food vendors and restaurants serving this mouthwatering dish.

Jajangmyeon
jajangmyeon
Jajangmyeon is a black noodle dish that you have probably seen if you like watching South Korean dramas or K-dramas. This Chinese-influenced dish is made with noodles and black bean sauce. It is often paired with fried pork that comes with a sweet and sour sauce.

Korean Barbecue
Korean BBQ
Korean barbecue is more than just eating delicious grilled meat. It is an experience in itself. Some of the best things about Korean BBQ are the delicious meat that you grill and cut on your own, the wide array of side dishes, the fresh lettuce you use to wrap the meat, and the Korean red pepper paste that adds more flavor to what is already a scrumptious fare.

Odeng/Eomuk
odeng
Skewered Korean fish cake is a popular street food fare in Seoul. It is usually cooked in a savory broth.

Pajeon
Dongnae pajeon
Pajeon is a type of Korean pancake typically made mainly with scallion as the main ingredient. When in Seoul, try the Haemul pajeon or seafood pajeon and dongnae pajeon. This dish is best paired with traditional Korean alcoholic drink called makgeolli.

Samgyetang
Samgyetang
This tasty soup dish is made with chicken and ginseng as main ingredients. It is delicious, filling, and healthy.

Tteokbokki
Tteokbokki
Spicy food lover or not, tteokbokki is one Korean treat that is worth a try. Made from rice cakes, this spicy dish is widely available in street food stalls and restaurants around Seoul.

How to Make Tacos: 2 Delicious Taco Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings

carne asada tacos

carne asada tacos

Want some tacos but can’t decide where to get them? Why not make it yourself? Here are some delicious taco recipes that are guaranteed to satisfy your cravings and then some.

Carne Asada (Steak) Taco
Source: the99centchef.blogspot.com

Ingredients (2 tacos)

  • 3 – 5 ounces of steak
  • 1 green onion – chopped
  • A few sprigs of cilantro – chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic – chopped fresh or from jar.
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Chop cilantro, garlic and green onion.
  • Add to a wide shallow bowl.
  • Squeeze in lime juice and pour in olive oil.
  • Season with cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Mix well.
  • Add steak and coat both sides. Allow to marinate at least half an hour in the refrigerator. But don’t marinate for more than an hour as the acidic citrus juice will start to cook the steak.
  • Prepare taco toppings before cooking the Carne Asada.
  • Prepare taco ingredients while meat is cooking.
  • Chop the grilled meat
  • Assemble the tacos

Tacos de Huitlacoche
Source: nibblesandfeasts.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 white onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 can of huitlacoche or 1 lb. fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon epazote, finely chopped
  • 1 cup queso fresco or cotija cheese, crumbled
  • salt to taste
  • 6 corn tortillas

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a medium plan.
  • Add onion and epazote and cook until onion is transparent.
  • Add huitlacoche and salt and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the huitlacoche juice has evaporated.
  • Serve immediately on corn tortillas and top with red chile de arbol sauce and crumbled cheese.

Serves: 6

Red Chile de Arbol sauce

  • 4 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups of dried chile de Arbol (remove stems but do not remove veins or seeds)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4 dried guajillo chiles (remove stems but do not remove veins or seeds)
  • 8 tomatillos
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Place roma tomatoes and tomatillos in a medium saucepan.
  • Cover tomatoes with water and bring to a boil for about 7-10 minutes.
  • In a large pan or skillet, fry dried chiles and garlic in oil for about 5 minutes until the chiles display burn spots.
  • Remove and drain in paper towel.
  • Next, in a separate skillet, roast green tomatoes until they become soft and mushy.
  • When everything is cooked and roasted, allow them to cool.
  • Add Roma tomatoes (WITH LIQUID), fried chiles and garlic, tomatillos and all herbs and spices to blender and liquify. Add salt to taste. If sauce is too thick you can add more water.

The result: a rustic, delicious red sauce with specks of chile seeds and bits of skins.

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