10 Things to eat in Seoul and where

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Visiting a country far from ours in geographical terms is an experience that opens the mind and allows you to discover totally different uses and customs compared to those we are used to. Fundamental in the discovery of customs so far from their own is the tasting of typical foods and dishes of the country or city we are visiting. Some dishes may seem at least unusual, strange, sometimes even disgusting, but a taste is a must, even just to be able to tell you have tried them! Today we take you very far, to be precise in South Korea at its capital, Seoul.
What are the tastiest dishes offered by the large amount of restaurants and clubs in this city? Let's find out together.



Index

  1. Kimchi
  2. Dakgalbi
  3. Kalguksu
  4. Gukbap
  5. Tteokbokki
  6. Samgyeopsal
  7. Pajeon
  8. Sundubu Jjigae
  9. Seolleongtang
  10. Hoddeok
  11. Where to eat in Seoul: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Kimchi

Let's start right with the Korean national dish, the Kimchi. It is Chinese cabbage marinated in garlic and chilli. Its peculiarity is that it is not exactly inviting, neither from a visual nor an olfactory point of view. Usually served as a side dish, the Kimchi has a strong garlic smell and cabbage gone bad, as its leaves are left to ferment even for six months. Recommended only for those who are not fussy at all, think that Koreans also consume it for breakfast!

  • Recommended to: any meal
  • Average cost: around € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: fermented Chinese cabbage leaves, garlic, chilli

2 - Dakgalbi

Another much loved dish in Korean popular culture, Dakgalbi is a dish made from marinated chicken in soy sauce, curry, chili and sesame paste. After marinating, the meat is cooked with vegetables, usually onion, potatoes and peppers. The recipe originates from the city of Chuncheon, and dates back to the s period. It is a poor dish but, thanks to its success, it has conquered the tastes of the whole population so much so that it was also born in his honor a food festival.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 1,50
  • Main ingredients: chicken, onions, peppers, potatoes, curry, soy sauce

3 - Kalguksu

It is a light noodle soup and, unlike almost all Korean dishes, it is not spicy. Usually noodles are prepared and cut by hand, with a knife. They are prepared with flour and eggs, bean flour is sometimes added to the dough. The broth is instead obtained from boiling of anchovies or anchovies, seafood and seaweed but is sometimes prepared using chicken broth. To make the soup really tasty, all the ingredients are left to boil for several hours.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 5,50
  • Main ingredients: handmade noodles (flour, bean meal, eggs), chicken or fish broth, seaweed, mixed vegetables

4 - Gukbap

By the term we mean a large category of Korean food, namely all types of rice-based soup. There are many variations, such as Kongnamul Gukbap (with bean sprouts), Doeji Gukbap (based on pork), Seonji Gukbap and many others.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: less than € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: the main ingredient is always rice in broth, with various additional ingredients based on the type of soup

5 - Tteokbokki

It is a famous Korean dish which consists of rice dumplings with the characteristic cylindrical shape. They are served with a condiment based on a very spicy sauce bright red color, composed mainly of chilli. The dressing also includes boiled eggs and scallions. As this is a very cheap dish, it is easy to find it for sale as street food at market stalls or at cafeterias.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: less than € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: rice dumplings, chilli, eggs, shallots

6 - Samgyeopsal

It is a very simple dish, it is in fact about more or less thin slices of bacon. That's all? the particularity of the dish lies in its cooking method, the restaurant customer, in fact, must cook the dish himself on a special grill positioned in the center of his table. This process allows the consumer to ascertain the freshness of the meat and choose independently the cooking level. The recipe is not only tasty but also fun, as many side dishes are added to the bacon which usually consist of salad, kimchi, onion and / or garlic, rice and many sauces.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: bacon, sauces, side dishes

7 - Pajeon

The so-called Korean "pizza" consists of a dough made from flour, eggs and onions, all fried in a pan. Usually a fourth ingredient is added that represents the topping of the "pizza", such as seafood or kimchi. It is consumed dipped in some sauces with which it is served.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: around € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, onions, seafood, kimchi and other ingredients of your choice

8 - Sundubu Jjigae

Here is yet another soup, this time based on Sundubu, a quality of tofu very fresh and soft. Vegetables and are also added to the soup a very spicy red sauce called gochujang. Also in this case there are different types for this soup, which differ in other added ingredients, such as for example beef or pork, seafood, Korean ravioli and many others. Be careful not to burn yourself, the soup is served in a very hot container in which it is possible, as desired, to add an egg



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: a type of tofu called Sundubu, vegetables, hot sauce, egg, beef or pork, seafood, ravioli or rice

9 - Seolleongtang

Another soup this time milky white color, is the Seollongtang, one of the most loved dishes of Korean cuisine. To the detriment of its color, the soup is not milk based at all, but is the result of boiling for over 15 hours of ox bones. The soup is then served very hot, enriched with pieces of meat and green onions to which black pepper and garlic can be added to taste.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 1,50
  • Main ingredients: meat broth, beef, rice

10 - Hoddeok

How to describe these Korean treats? I'm similar to pancakes, with a filling of cane sugar syrup, honey, chopped peanuts and cinnamon. They are very caloric.

  • Recommended to: any meal
  • Average cost: less than € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, sugar, honey, cinnamon powder, peanuts

Where to eat in Seoul: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Korean cuisine finds its most authentic identity in the city of Seoul, releasing itself in ancient popular recipes, in which sauces, vegetables, meats, eggs and nuts are the masters, which are often cooked directly at the table, in front of the eyes and languor of hungry guests. The dishes are almost always accompanied by beers (the Koreans are excellent producers) and wines, often made from cereals, such as takju or yakju.

Fusion or traditional cuisine, depending on tastes and needs, to be savored in welcoming typical restaurants or along the narrow streets of cheerful folk markets: the most famous are Gwangjang and Namdaemun. Here are the best places that will take you to discover the succulent gastronomic Korea.

1 - Namdaemun market

  • Description: the largest market in Seoul, perfect for a gastronomic tour dedicated to typical Korean street food
  • specialty: Oden (soup made with fish, meat and vegetable pasta)
  • Average price: from € 3,00 per person
  • Address: 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Hoehyeon-dong, Jung-gu - Get Directions

2 - Mingles

  • Description: starred restaurant (1 Michelin star), suitable for curious palates. Specialized in fusion cuisine
  • specialty: veal marinated in fermented soy paste
  • Average price: from € 28,00 per person
  • Address: 19 Dosan-daero 67-gil, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu - Get Directions - Website

3 - Imun Seoul Nontang

  • Description: dated 1904, it is the first restaurant in the city and its history and the goodness of its dishes make it unique and absolutely worth trying
  • specialty: oxtail soup
  • Average price: from € 7,00 per person
  • Address: 26, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu - Get directions

4 - Junsik Seoul

  • Description: union between East and West, fusion and elegant cuisine, international wines, two Michelin stars
  • specialty: sea urchins and Korean beef
  • Average price: from € 45,00 per person
  • Address: 11 Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu - Get directions

5 - Soigne

  • Description: refined and with refined themed menus, it is one of the most sought after restaurants in Seoul. One Michelin star
  • specialty: themed menus, vary according to moods using spices and fragrant herbs. The dishes usually combine seasonal vegetables and flowers
  • Average price: from € 110,00 per person
  • Address: 46 Banpo-daero 39-gil, Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu - Get Directions - Website

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