1. 갈매기살 (Galmaegisal)
Grilled beef skirt. This is not the traditionally most common Korean BBQ food item (that is 삼겹살 samgyubsal) but it is definitely my favorite. Not only is it delicious but it is a fun social experience as well with friends.
|A before and after look. That is egg with kimchi and spring onion on the outside.|
2. 닭갈비 (Dakgalbi)
Mixture of grilled chicken, rice cake, cabbage, and other add-ins coupled with a cheese fondu. This is certainly my overall favorite Korean dish.
3. 만두 (Mandu)
Deep-fried or steamed dumplings. This is more of a side or a snack than a meal, but delicious and must be included. My cousin Hudson was addicted to these when he visited me.
4. 김치찌개 (Kimchi Jjigae)
Kimchi soup. This is a very basic dish which usually is eaten with rice, however when I ask many Koreans what their favorite Korean meal is this one is the most common winner.
5. 김밥 (Kimbab)
These look like sushi rolls but can have a variety of meats in them. 김in Korean means seaweed and 밥 means rice, so it is no surprise that this is primarily rice wrapped in seaweed with a few different ingredients in the inside. Typically the inside consists of your choice of meat, pickled radish, SPAM (yes the same SPAM), egg, carrots, and kimchi. This is basically the Korean equivalent of a sandwich, not because it is anything like a sandwich, but in that it is a common quick packable lunch that people eat when they just need to eat something simple.
|No not sushi|
6. 짜장면 (Jajangmyeon)
A thick noodle dish covered in a black gravy-like sauce. This is debatable on whether it is considered Korean, but rather Koreanized Chinese food just like Kung Pao Chicken is Americanized Chinese food. Despite it's look and my description of it, it is really delicious.
7. 돈까스 (Donkkaseu)
Deep fried pork cutlet covered in gravy. Another dish that is not authentically Korean, but is quite popular. This has a Japanese origin, but some might argue that the Japanese emulated it after the German schnitzel.
8. 갈비탕 (Galbi-tang)
Beef short rib stew. Not much to add here, it is just beef stewed with some veggies but is really good.
|The one on the left is 갈비탕, the one on the right is basically the same thing but with a whole chicken.|
9. 제육뽁음 (Jaeyook Bokum)
Spicy pork stir-fry. This is just what it sounds like. Pieces of small chopped pork bits marinated in spicy chili sauce, stir-fried with some vegetables, and served with rice.
10. 치맥 (Chi-maek)
Chicken and beer. Although definitely not authentically Korean, this is a very popular meal in Korea amongst friends. You cannot walk hardly anywhere in Seoul without seeing competing 치맥 restaurants. The chicken can come coated in a variety of different sauces, and it is this that Koreans argue makes it uniquely "Korean Style".
|No Sauce, Just Plain|
11. 빙수 (Bingsu)
Flavored shaved with different toppings. A popular Korean dessert, the shavings of 빙수 dissolve quicker in your mouth than ice cream and is a really delicious treat in the hot summer.
|Blueberry Cheesecake 빙수|