What is a Korea package tour without going around the streets of Korea to find and taste its soulful food? The delicious taste and quality of Korean food essentially depend on its ingredients, specifically its spices and sauces
What is a Korea package tour without going around the streets of Korea to find and taste its soulful food? The delicious taste and quality of Korean food essentially depend on its ingredients, specifically its spices and sauces. Soybean paste, soy sauce, red pepper paste and kimchi are some of the most essential and important ingredients in a Korean household.
As the Korean Peninsula is known for its cold autumns and winters, most Korean food consists of fermented dishes, hot soups and stews. Here is the list of the top five eats in Korea (in no specific order) you have got to try while on a tour package to Korea. Let’s dig in!
Aside from the K-wave and technology gizmos, Korea is also best known for Kimchi; a type of salad which uses a distinctive fermentation process, mainly consisting of fermented cabbage and vegetables in a chilli seasoning. Although it is traditionally a side dish rather than the main dish, Kimchi is a staple component in most, if not all, Korean food. This traditional Korean sauce made of red pepper is also commonly used as pepper chilli paste, earning the cuisine a reputation for spiciness. Kimchi provides the necessary vitamins and nutrients that soothes the pores on the skin, which in turn reduces the wrinkles and provide nutrients to the skin naturally. It is almost impossible to go on a Korea tour package without trying kimchi!
You have got to have the intention of indulging in authentic Korean BBQ or Gogigui at some point in your Korea package tour. Gogigui is Korea’s next famous food export and it comprises an assortment of different meals and various side dishes, including Kimchi. The most mouth-watering Gogigui is when it involves high-grade meat with beautiful marbling of fat – so delicious that there is no need for it to be marinated or sauced. And it’s even more rewarding and special about having your own personal barbecue grill to cook on without the need to clean it after use.
The third must-eat during your Korea tour package is the tteok-bokki; popular stir-fried rice cakes purchased and eaten at Korean snack bars as well as Korean street stalls. Fish cakes, boiled eggs and scallions can be added to make the meal heartier. The tteok-bokki can also be seasoned with either spicy gochujang (chilli paste) or non-spicy ganjang (soy sauce)-based sauce. Today, variations of this meal include one with curry sauce, cream sauce, sweet bean sauce and even a seafood tteok-bokki.
The next must-eat while on a tour package to Korea, exploring the city as well as its food is the Dolsot Bibimbap. Dolsot means stone pot while Bibimbap literally means mixed rice, usually consisting of meat, vegetables and red pepper paste. Bibimbap is usually served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chilli pepper paste), soy sauce or doenjang (a fermented soybean paste). A raw or fried egg with runny yolk and sliced meat, usually beef, are common additions to the meal. Due to its convenience in preparation, Bibimbap has become widespread in various countries and is even served on many airlines connecting to South Korea. The Dolsot version gives the rice an extra crispy touch thanks to the very hot stone pot. Eating Bibimbap gives you the perfect excuse to pop a perfectly sunny side up egg yolk and look on with delight as it oozes over the rice. Mix and stir all the ingredients together for a tantalising bite!
Finally, the marinated beef BBQ – the Bulgogi is the Korean style grilled or roasted dish, made of thin, marinated slices of beef, grilled on a barbecue or on a stove-top griddle. Sirloin, rib eye or brisket are prime examples of frequently used cuts of beef for this dish.