my blog post of today,will be focusing on the FOOD of korea!
because i realized that i have taken so many photos of food and except for showing them off on fb to make people drool,there isn’t that much of a use.
which is why,a blogpost about food to make more people salivate (because there is a combo of deliciously cooked food pictures all in one post;), seems to be a pretty good idea.
my first food post will be dedicated to a dish that i have tried a number of times since i arrived in korea, and still find it really good.
닭갈비 a.k.a bbq chicken.
i can’t find a better word to explain this in english and google translate isn’t much of a help.
this dish is obviously,chicken meat so for people who can’t take beef,this is a good substitute.
to put it simply, 닭갈비 is spicy chicken, vegetables, spring onions etc all mixed together,stir-fried right in front of you,and eaten right when it is piping hot.
proof shot: me posing with a whole stew of chicken.
most,if not all places who specializes in this cuisine, will have a big metal fry-pan placed on each table.therefore,when you have your dish,it is truly “freshly made”
there are actually many different ways to eat this dish.to make it simpler,we can categorize it into three main ways.
1. Eating the chicken with rice
This way of eating,the chicken is fried together with the rice all at once.So technically,you will be having chicken fried rice altogether,of course mixed with the sauces from the chicken.
Firstly, the chicken will be stir-fried. All the stir-frying will be done by the workers at the shop,so you do not have to worry if the food’s uncooked or not done. They are pros at it.
When the chicken’s about done,in goes the rice usually mixed with the Korean signature kimchi, seaweed and soy sauce. And the worker will continue to stir-fry it till it turns reddish in color.
If you want(and i strongly recommend),you can choose to add in side ingredients such as CHEESE,sweet potato etc.
Bear in mind,each side dish is an additional charge usually 2000-3500won depending on what you order.
They are usually added into the rice and stir-fried together.
This is the one with cheese,Korean’s favorite.
There:chicken mixed with fried rice.
2. Chicken with spaghetti, sweet potato,dokk and more.
I dunno if this is a common way of eating but when I went to one of the restaurants,they offered this option.
Instead of rice,the staple is substituted by noodles,rice-cakes and all. They are then stir-fried together with the chicken and then eaten right when everything’s done.
3. Chicken and rice afterwards
Personally, I feel that this is the most common way of eating and the most delicious one.
As usual,the chicken comes up and the worker fries it for you.
Then have the chicken,just by itself and with the vegetables in it.
After you are done,call the worker over and order a fried rice.
They will bring over a plate of rice with seaweed and sauce,and fry it on the plate that you just had your chicken on.
I briefly talked about it in my post on Jisan Ski Resort,and the picture of the rice is there.
Although it sounds like the same as the 1st way of eating,it taste really different.
is like the rice absorbed all the juices from the chicken and the seaweed makes it that much nicer.
A definite must-try in Korea 😀
Following the “rules” of Korean dining,alcohol is a must-have in all bbq meals.
I am not lying.At every bbq house,almost all the tables would have a bottle or two soju,makgeolli(rice wine) or beer.
Apparently,meat tastes better with alcohol.
If you want it the Korean way,try ordering a beer and a bottle of soju,then mixing the both of them together.
I tried it,it was pretty good on its own but with meat,it really does taste that much better.
and did i mention?alcohol in Korea is really cheap.
At marts,you can get soju at 1000won.
Even at the restaurant,soju was only 3000won and beer 4000won.
Like Taiwan,Korea’s really a “food paradise”.
For people who adore spicy food,this is a even more wonderful place.
Before coming to Korea,i was constantly worried about not being able to adapt to the food here.
But surprisingly,i adapted well,too well maybe,because I am eating so much everyday.
I wouldn’t exactly say 닭갈비 is my absolute favorite dish.
But it is something that I wouldn’t mind eating over and over again.
Especially with rice. (ps:i am a rice-lover)
LOVING KOREA 😀