A meal in Korea is generally much cheaper than in the U.S., and it often includes a much larger portion. Last time I went to Korea I gained weight because of the accessibility of food EVERYWHERE. Where I live in NH there are not many restaurants, and I could probably count how many there are on my two hands. However, in Korea there are restaurants galore and I want to try everything.
Here are photos of just some of the meals I have had in the past two weeks.
엽떡, Yupki Ddeokbokki
Here’s the 떡볶이 ddeokbokki which is rice cakes, fish cakes, mini hotdogs and cabbage all in a hot, spicy sauce. We topped ours off with extra melted cheese and ordered a side of 주먹밥 (literally fist rice in translation).
호떡 (hoddeok), which is a doughy dessert item that is filled with various things. We ordered an almond and nut one on the left, and a sweet honey one on the right. This 호떡 is different from the ones you generally find on the roads because it is cooked in a wood oven like a pizza. This method makes it have an earthier and less greasy flavor.
A restaurant in Jeonju(전주), South Korea called 숟가락 반상 마실. It was a multi course meal and the food just kept coming and coming. Starts with a pumpkin stew (the small bowl with yellow orange stew in it) and ends with a cold tea. The photo above is only round one of three that we had.
순두부찌개, Spicy tofu stew. Comes out to you while it is still boiling, so that is why it is one a wooden pallet.
설빙, Seoulbing! This is 빙수, bingsoo, which is a common summer treat in Korea. We got 녹차맛 (green tea flavor), if it is not evident by the color. 설빙 빙수 is special because instead of normal shaved ice, it is milk that is frozen and then shaved which gives it a creamier taste.
고기만두 — this is not the dimsum mandu that I had in Seoul, but nonetheless these meat dumplings were delicious
된장찌개, which is a soybean paste stew with various vegetables and tofu. You eat it with rice. Surrounding are various 반찬들 or little side dishes of mainly fermented vegetables and dried seafood.
Street food — these were crabs filled with crab meat and then cheese which they melt for you. I did not try it, but this is the first time I have ever seen something like this. Cheese is becoming very popular in Korea and they even have 치즈꼬지 which is just a stick of cheese on a stick that they grill for you.
More street food. They were cooking the beef using a blowtorch!
돈까스 or “ddonkkassu” which is actually a Japanese dish of a fried pork cutlet. It is sided with curry rice and a salad.
More cheese! Here is spicy seafood and veggies on top of a layer of soon to be melted cheese. The table had an induction stove under the wood so you just place the iron skillet on the table and it would heat up.
Picture of us before the many courses to come. I wanted to roll out of the restaurant afterwards.
This is 육회, or raw and seasoned beef. This is considered a delicacy here in Korea and I have had it about three times so far.
Me at a cooking class. I learned how to make the traditional 전주 비빔밥 (Jeonju bibimbap) where the bibimbab originated from. In the middle of the bowl you can see a round yellow blog. That is a raw egg yolk which is also common to eat.
김밥! Kimbab! The Korean sushi that students looooove. About 3 dollars for a nice bulgogi kimbab. I like to take these when I do day trips or go hiking.
Went to this restaurant called 마한지 in downtown Gwangju (시내). It was my friends birthday so we ate A LOT that night.
The meal I had right before getting on the bus towards Seoul. Yes, they serve these kind of meals at the bus station there. Kimbab and ddeokmanduguk!
So those are all the food photos I will share for now from week 1 and 2. Surprisingly, I have not actually gained weight and so hopefully I can maintain my health throughout the rest of the summer!