The culinary specialities of South Korea

A few of the millions of culinary specialities of South Korea

South Korea has a real diversity in terms of cuisine. You can find the real and famous specialities in the restaurants (bibimbap, gimbap, Galbi – barbecue…) and you can also find tons of different funny recipes for homestyle cooking… Be adventurous, knock at south korean’s doors you won’t be disappointed !

Eating in south Korea, how does it work ? First you receive a bowl of rice which is the basic ingredient of a south korean meal. Then you receive several little bowls of side dishes like kimchi, vegetable pancake (“whatever”son), soup, octopus, fish, pickles etc… The food is shared between everyone around the table except for your bowl of rice. You pick your food (side dishes) with your chopsticks and then you eat your rice + side dishes with your spoon. One rule is about your bowl and cuttlery themselves, will it all be wood or will it all be metal… but to be honest I’ve never understood when we were supposed to use one or the other.

Last thing… This is not rude to leave the table as soon as you’re done eating !

 

La Corée du Sud a une vraie diversité culinaire. Il est possible de trouver les grands classiques connus dans les restaurants (bibimbap, gimbap, Galbi – Barbecue…) mais il est aussi possible de découvrir un tout autre monde de recettes faciles et vraiment différentes dans les maisons… Soyez aventuriers et toquez aux portes des maisons des coréens, vous ne serez pas déçus !

Manger en Corée du sud, comment ça marche ?!? En premier vous recevez un bol de riz qui est l’ingrédient de base d’un repas coréen. Puis vous recevez des tas de petits bols d’accompagnements comme le kimchi, les crepes de légumes (“quelque chose”son), les soupes, l’octopus, le poisson, les pickles etc… La nourriture est partagée entre toutes les personnes autours de la table à part le bol de riz qui est en quelque sorte “privé”. Vous devez utiliser vos baguettes pour prendre les accompagnements dans les bols, mais vous utilisez votre cuillère pour amener la nourriture à votre bouche. Il y a aussi une règle à propos de la matière de votre bol et de vos couverts, parfois vous devez prendre ceux qui sont en bois, parfois ceux qui sotn en métal… mais pour être honnête je n’ai toujours pas compris quand cette règle était d’application.

Une dernière petite règle : Ce n’est pas grossier de quitter la table dès que vous avez fini votre repas.

 

Rice dishes 

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Kimchi stew

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Bibimbap with hot pot

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Bibimbap, cold version

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Gimbap

Traditional meal in jeju island_Seogwipo_Restaurant_Fish_South koreaTraditional homemade meal

Soups and side dishes

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Mandu soup

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Pajon (son = pancake ; pa = leek)

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Fusion_french korean cuisine_jirisan_homesick_keran_chomigim_silsangsaChomi Gim – Salted and fried seaweed (in the center of the picture)

 

 

Meat & fish dishes

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Makchang (pork intestin)

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Galbi (mainly pork and sometimes a little beef)

Busan_Korean barbecue_bbq_Galbi_Speciality_South korea_Top things to do (3)How to fold your piece of meat when you eat a Galbi – Salad or kennip (sesame leave)

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Drinks 

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Makgeolli (rice wine)

Silsangsa hakkyo_Alternative school_hyoso_Traditionnal cooking_fermentation sugar_south koreaHyoso – (fermented japanese plums with sugar) Recipe here

 

Desserts

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Rice cake on the right (pumpkin on the left but it’s less traditionnal)Silsangsa hakkyo_Alternative school_Cooking lesson_Rice cakes and azaele_Shitale_South korea_SannaeAzaele rice cakes

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Hwangnam little breads stuffed with bean paste from Gyeongju

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Honey and cinnamon bread with whipped cream

 

 

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