Korea: Traditional Korean Cuisine

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in Destinations, Food, Korea, Wanderfood Wednesday | 14 comments

A must do when you are visiting Korea is to sample traditional Korean cuisine. You definitely won’t be disappointed. Have a look. 

Wednesday is here, so that means it’s time for  Wanderfood Wednesday, kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick . I’ve neglected my Wanderfood Wednesday posts for a while now, but having the good fortune of sampling a delicious Korean meal this past Saturday I wanted to share some photos. Today, August, 20th, 2013, I am sharing this post with Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys. 

The bus trip was sponsored by a government agency under the name “Experience Rural -20” and for 16,000W (approx. $17.US) we were treated to a day in the Korean countryside including a fantastic traditional Korean meal that in times gone by would have reserved for the Korean royal family and nobility.

A Korean meal usually consists of banchan (side dishes), and a main dish which is cooked at the table. Most of the banchan dishes are pickled or preserved in some way and are served cold.

Korean Traditional Cuisine

(Click on the photos to view a larger version.)

Banchan…(this is a sample…notice the quail eggs to the left; directly in front was preserved seaweed (dulce); the majority of the banchan dishes being preserved vegetables; kimchi peeking out on the right and to the left of that some radish kimchi.

Banchan (Korea side dishes), Saenggeo, Jincheon Hwarang table d'hote

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Bul Kogi — the main dish
When I asked the waitress about this dish she told me it was Bul Gogki. I was a bit surprised because Bul Gogki usually means barbecued beef. Although not barbecued, it was marinated in the same sauce used for barbecued beef, and as you can see also included mushroom and carrot. The meat was so tender it melted in your mouth, and the sauce was just a little bit sweet…AWESOME!

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Korean Bul Kogki

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We were treated to this royal meal at Saenggeo, Jincheon Hwarang table d’hote.
And, believe it or not, included in the price of the bus tour; 16.000W!

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14 Comments

  1. oh dear this post has nearly made me cry. Korean food is my absolute favourite food…I wish I lived in Korea just to eat it every day!

    • Denise, I must be weird…(haha…I know I am!; I eat Korean food everyday. We have a great cafeteria at the university, so I eat free. The real bonus is that the food is good. Free or not, if it wasn’t good I wouldn’t eat it. However, when I leave Korea I don’t eat Korean food and I never crave it.

  2. Mmm… kimchi. Sorry, it’s not a very constructive comment, but that’s kind of how my mind is working right now. Mmm… delicious fooooodz… 😉

    • Good to know someone is dropping by and reading…all comments welcome 🙂

  3. Sounds like a wonderful day out at a real budget price! A beautifully illustrated post.

    • Graeme, it was a lovely day. We visited places I had not seen before, and the food was great.

  4. I love how they put everything in different bowls. It makes the neatest looking presentation!

  5. This looks absolutely wonderful and your pics are terrific! Just as Sonya said I like how they put all different food items in separate bowls for you to choose and construct as you please 🙂

  6. Thanks, Mike! Banchan is a very traditional part of the meal in Korea. Unfortunately, with food prices forever on the rise here, restaurants are really starting to cut back on what banchan they offer…so sad!

  7. Interesting how dining has changed in Korea. Wonder what royalty eats now.
    The meal sounds delicious (and inexpensive), especially the part about the melt-in-your-mouth beef. Reminds me of the Korean barbecue we used to have in NYC’s Koreatown – the ingredients were brought to our table and we cooked them right there.

    • Hi Marcia, yes Korean barbecue is always cooked at the table. It’s always a fun meal in a restaurant.

  8. All those side dishes look nice, but I’d be happy just with the main dish, Bul Kogi. Delicious! Definitely fit for royalty. 🙂

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