8 Most Popular Well-Known Korean Food Dishes 한국 음식 요리 - Delicious Cuisine Around The World


Korean food is becoming more and more well-known and more popular thanks to the popularity of Korean dramas/K-dramas. When watching K-dramas, you get to watch the beautiful actresses and actors eating various traditional Korean dishes. Out of the variety of dishes available, eight have become the most well-known and recognized in the United States. Here are those eight dishes.


Bulgogi 불고기
Bulgogi is slices of marinated beef 🐮 or pork 🐷 that is sometimes brought to your table still cooking on a black pan, or that has been fully cooked for you in the kitchen and is brought to you on a plate. When you order Korean barbecue, slices of marinated beef are brought out for you to cook  yourself on a round stove top that is in the center of your table. One great thing about bulgogi is that it is well done meat. This dish is slightly sweet and seasoned with garlic, onion, sugar, soy sauce, and black pepper. 


Beef Bulgogi
"File:Korean barbecue-Jeju Island-Bulgogi-01.jpg" By 아침꿀물, Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Korean_barbecue-Jeju_Island-Bulgogi-01.jpg
Pork Bulgogi
"Spicy Pork Bulgogi" By Chloe Lim: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfoodaddict/10374957283

Bibimbap 비빔밥

Bibimbap is a large bowl dish that is similar to the Chipotle burrito bowl. This dish contains rice at the bottom, and spinach, egg, bean sprouts, cucumbers, mushrooms 🍄, zucchini, red hot pepper paste, and carrots on top. This dish is seasoned with garlic, red pepper, oil, sesame seeds, and vinegar, as well as other ingredients, like sugar and wakame/seaweed. This dish is eaten by mixing all of the different ingredients together to get various flavors in your mouth as you eat it. This dish is great for vegetarians and it can be eaten by vegans if the dish is ordered without egg. This dish is well-liked by many people, but for those who are not into rice, they may not like this dish as much because it sometimes seems to come with more rice 🍚 than vegetables. 


Tteokbokki 떡볶이

Tteokbokki is a rice cake dish that is made with thick sticky chewy Korean rice cakes, onions, soup stock (seafood-based), cheese (some restaurants put cheese on it but some don't), and fish cakes. I love this dish and it is very popular as street food in Korea. Every time I go to a Korean restaurant that has this dish, I make sure to order it 😤.


Kalbi 칼비
"File:Kalbi don set by jetalone in Guam.jpg" By Jetalone from Guam, Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kalbi_don_set_by_jetalone_in_Guam.jpg

Kalbi is another slightly sweet meat dish. It is a dish made with beef short ribs, as well as black pepper, sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, onion, and brown sugar. This dish, like bulgogi, is cooked well done. 


Korean Pancake/Pajeon 파전
"File:Korean.pancake-Pajeon-02.jpg" By 南宮博士, Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Korean.pancake-Pajeon-02.jpg 

I absolutely love Korean pancakes/pajeon. Korean pajeon is made with green onions/scallions, sesame seeds, sesame oil, garlic, chili flakes, vinegar, egg, flour, and soy sauce. There are two types of pajeon to choose from: vegetable green onion pajeon and seafood pajeon. Since you can get vegetable pajeon, this is another great dish for vegetarians. I always get the seafood pajeon because I find it to be far more flavorful for me. Seafood pajeon is made with oysters, clams, squid, and shrimp.


Stews & Soups
Tang/Guk

Korean soups and stews are very popular. These tend to be spicy and they are made with numerous ingredients, like kimchi, beef short rib, dried pollock, beef bone, bone broth, chicken, rice cakes, potatoes, spring onions, red pepper, been sprouts, seafood, and radishes. The variety of Korean soups is great! When I buy Korean soups, I generally choose beef stews with potatoes, spring onions, and bean sprouts.

Kimbap 김밥

Kimbap is the Korean version of a sushi roll. It looks like sushi, but the ingredients inside of it, including the rice , are all kept together by the seaweed that is wrapped around it. Kimbap is made with rice, seaweed, eggs, pickled radish, spinach, sesame oil, beef, imitation crab, and carrots. Kimbap is great as a snack, so it is packed for picnics and in lunch boxes. Kimbap has a unique taste in my opinion, so some may like it, while others dislike it. 


Kimchi 김치

Kimchi is huge in Korea. There is even a kimchi museum in Seoul, South Korea to honor this dish. Kimchi is a very health dish made from fermented vegetables, cabbage, and radishes. This dish is made with red pepper, garlic, fish sauce, and ginger. There are many different types of kimchi, and when you go to Korean restaurants, you can get anywhere from one to eight different types of kimchi with your meal. Kimchi is such an important dish, that it is often added to soups, stews, and noodle dishes. 



There are so many different Korean dishes to try, but many of them are too bizarre or foreign for the American palate. The dishes mentioned here are very comfortable for many Americans though, despite that most of them are spicy. Those who like spicy garlicky foods should enjoy Korean cuisine, so next time you go out to eat, give a Korean restaurant a try ❤!


What is your favorite Korean Dish?

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