Korean cuisine has many unique characteristics, reflecting the diversity and richness of this country’s culture.
Below are some outstanding features of Korean cuisine:
Kimchi: Kimchi is an indispensable part of Korean meals. This is a type of vegetable fermented with typical spices such as garlic, chili and ginger, creating a special sour and spicy flavor. Kimchi comes in many different varieties such as cabbage kimchi, tomato kimchi, white radish kimchi, and is considered an important part of daily cuisine in Korea.
Bulgogi: Bulgogi is a grilled meat dish sliced thinly and soaked in a sweet sauce made from sugar, garlic and spices. The meat is then grilled over a charcoal fire or grill to create its characteristic delicious and tender flavor.
Bibimbap: Bibimbap is a combination of white rice, raw vegetables, lean meat, eggs and gochujang sauce (red chili sauce). Usually presented in a ceramic bowl and can be served hot or cold. Each ingredient in bibimbap creates a unique flavor, creating a balance between flavor, color and nutrients.
Banchan: Banchan is the common name for small dishes served with rice in Korean meals. Banchan dishes usually include kimchi, pickled vegetables, fish sauce, sour dishes, and sometimes sweet and sour or salty MSG.
Tteokbokki: This is a famous street food, consisting of sticky rice cake sticks cooked in a spicy sauce, often served with radishes and providing a rich and colorful culinary experience.
These characteristics not only demonstrate the diversity and uniqueness of Korean cuisine but also reflect the special spirit and culture of this country.