[Three] Five dishes for newbies to Korean food
I recently went to eat Korean food with my friends and I was surprised to hear that one of my friends, Monica had not tried it before.
So, I have decided to dedicate this blog entry to Korean food for everyone like Monica who have yet to have tried Korean food.
Here are five Korean dishes I would like to recommend for newbies to Korean food :)
Here's an example of naeng-myun in a box
If you like spicy food, I would like to recommend 비빔냉면 ("bi-bim-naeng-myun") which is a spicy version of naengmyun (also called 물냉면, literally translates to cold noodles in water, to distinguish it from 비빔냉면, which translates to mixed cold noodles)
#3) This next dish I am going to introduce is popular for many BBQ lovers. Korean BBQ ribs (갈비/"gal-bee") anyone?
Usually, in restaurants, the galbee is cooked right in front of your table in the small circular grill that is built into the table. With the galbee, Koreans also like to BBQ mushrooms, onions, garlic, and sometimes even kimchi*!
*kimchi, pictured above, is a popular Korean side dish. It is fermented/preserved cabbage which is seasoned with various spices and sauces.
And voila, here is cooked BBQ galbee! Bon appetit :)#5) My Chinese friends really like this last dish called 비빔밥 ("bi-bim-bab") which is rice served with a colorful array of vegetables including spinach, carrots, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and egg. 돌솥비빔밥 ("dol-sot-bibimbab") is the same dish that is served in a stone pot.
Here is bibimbab served with hot sauce and sesame oil. Adding the oil makes mixing the vegetables with the rice easier and the hot sauce is for people who likes spicy food!
#4) This fourth dish I am introducing is for all the noodle lovers out there! 잡채 ("jap-chae") I really like this dish as well!
Well I hope that you enjoyed this blog entry, especially if you are unfamiliar to Korean food! I hope I have convinced you to go out and try some!
Next time, I will explain what Korean 반찬 ("ban-chan"), Korean side dishes are.
In the meantime, I hope you have a chance to go eat some Korean food.