10 Delicious Korean Foods You Need In Your Life

10 Delicious Korean Foods You Need In Your Life

1. Galbi

What is it? Marinated short ribsGalbi is how most people come to know Korean food (other than through Kimchi). The pear-soy marinade it’s slathered with is super sweet, slightly salty, and always addictive.

Galbi is how most people come to know Korean food (other than through Kimchi). The pear-soy marinade it’s slathered with is super sweet, slightly salty, and always addictive.

2. Yukgaejang

Don’t worry, yukgaejang is not as spicy as its scary red color might suggest. In fact, it’s considered a comfort food and is a staple dish in every Korean home.

3. Jjajangmyeon

Noodles in black bean sauceChewy noodles and greasy black sauce are a match made in noodle heaven. In fact, though Chinese in origin, this dish is the most popular takeout item in Korea, and as loved among Koreans as kimchi.

Chewy noodles and greasy black sauce are a match made in noodle heaven. In fact, though Chinese in origin, this dish is the most popular takeout item in Korea, and as loved among Koreans as kimchi.

Galbi

4. Soondubu Stew

A stew made with extra soft tofu cubes. Think of this as the Korean version of late night pizza. Filled with either beef, pork, seafood, or kimchi, as well as tender tofu, this spicy dish is a go-to order to after a night of heavy drinking.

Think of this as the Korean version of late night pizza. Filled with either beef, pork, seafood, or kimchi, as well as tender tofu, this spicy dish is a go-to order to after a night of heavy drinking.

5. Gim

Toasted salted seaweed.You’ll find a basket of salted seaweed in every Korean household. It’s a staple side dish, but also makes a great snack and meal on-the-go when paired with rice. Recipe here.You’ll find a basket of salted seaweed in every Korean household. It’s a staple side dish, but also makes a great snack and meal on-the-go when paired with rice.

6. Bibim Naengmyeon

Cold, spicy noodles with slices of cucumber and pear.Beware of the noodles: they’re extra long and a known choking hazard!

Beware of the noodles: they’re extra long and a known choking hazard!

7. Makkoli

Sweet rice wine.Milky and sweet, this wine drink tastes pretty similar to Yakult. Though you can hardly taste the alcohol in it, it’s more potent than beer, so indulge with caution.

Milky and sweet, this wine drink tastes pretty similar to Yakult. Though you can hardly taste the alcohol in it, it’s more potent than beer, so indulge with caution.

8. Bulgogi

Marinated beef.If you love meat, but also have a sweet tooth, this one’s for you. It tastes a lot like galbi, but it’s made with a thinner cut of meat. If you love meat, but also have a sweet tooth, this one’s for you. It tastes a lot like galbi, but it’s made with a thinner cut of meat. Recipe here.

9. Doenjang Jjigae

Fermented bean soup.Okay, I know it’s not much to look at, but this umami-rich soup is actually really good. It tastes kind of like miso, but with a few slices of chili pepper and zucchini thrown in for extra savoriness. Okay, I know it’s not much to look at, but this umami-rich soup is actually really good. It tastes kind of like miso, but with a few slices of chili pepper and zucchini thrown in for extra savoriness. Recipe here.

10. Seolleongtang

Creamy ox bone soup.This soup’s milky flavor is derived from ox bones boiled over 3+ hours. A pinch of salt and pepper brings out the savory taste. This soup’s milky flavor is derived from ox bones boiled over 3+ hours. A pinch of salt and pepper brings out the savory taste.

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