Balanced taste explosions
Hot and cold, spicy and mild, sour and sweet, solid and liquid… Korean food is a balanced taste explosion in which rice, vegetables, fish and seaweed are complemented with many sour 'banchan'. Bowls of rice, soup and the indispensable kimchi (fermented vegetables) fill the tables, dishes flavored by combinations of sesame oil, vinegar, soy paste, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and chili peppers. The South Korean barbecue is also very popular, a social event in which the meat is prepared at the table on a built-in round barbecue, heated by charcoal or gas.
With the vibrant food culture intertwined with everyday life, South Korea 's streets teem with food stalls. The ingredients are fresher than fresh and snacks are prepared in front of you. Recommended are the bungeoppang (fish-shaped pastries), dakkochi (grilled chicken satay), gyeranppang (egg muffins), haemul pajeon (fish pancakes with onion), hotteok (stuffed pancake) and odeng (fish croquette).
We recommend dedicated foodies a traditional 'hanok' homestay in Jeonju , a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and the cradle of bibimbap. According to the Koreans, everything tastes better in Jeonju. Where the world can't find you...