Korean food has a history as rich as the country itself, with centuries of social and cultural changes leading to a delicious mix of dishes and flavors. While there is a focus on rice, meat, and vegetables, Korean cooks have over the years created a wide range of other dishes that have become famous around the world.
Korea Has Great Food With A Spicy Kick
One of the most famous dishes that has left the Korean peninsula and convinced the world that Korea has great food is bulgogi – a hearty dish of marinated, thinly-sliced beef or pork, barbecued and served in a spicy but sweet sauce. Bulgogi is not for the feint-hearted – the name in Korean means “fire meat,” so watch out!
The Korean art of side dishes
Traditional meals in Korea most commonly feature a large collection of dishes and side dishes, served around steamed white short-grain rice. Usually cooked with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and doenjang (Korean fermented bean paste), each region traditionally cooked different dishes. Centuries ago the royal court of Korea were the only people able to bring the regional dishes together in one place, but now we can all enjoy them and live like royalty.
Kimchi, The World-Famous Spicy Cabbage
With an origin at least two thousand years ago, kimchi has become a staple of not only Korean but Chinese, Japanese, American and European dinner tables. The spicy mix of pickled, fermented, and salted cabbage and radishes is a hit around the world, with each region creating its own version depending on the local vegetables. It is traditionally served as a side dish, but many people enjoy eating it all on its own.