We all know Korean food is yum! And when you find yourself in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, you really shouldn’t miss out on some of these!
1. Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup) 삼계탕
Number 1 on the list has to be the ever popular Ginseng Chicken Soup. This iconic summer dish is a chicken soup made with a small, whole chicken, stuffed with glutinous rice, red dates and ginseng. Koreans eat this boiling hot soup to beat the heat and stay energized during the summer.
Ginseng Chicken Soup restaurant right below Cafe DropTop at Hotel Skypark Central Myeongdong
16, Myeongdong 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
By Subway :
150m away from the exit #5, Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station, Subway Line 2
2. Chi-maek (Fried Chicken and Beer) 치맥
We know from the Korean dramas we watch, that South Koreans love their chicken! This widely-popular combination Chi-maek is a must-have!
There are plenty of Chi-maek restaurants around, especially in Myeongdong where they are usually hidden upstairs. Keep your eyes open for them chicken signboards!
Each restaurant has their own special seasoning and you can usually order half portions!
We went to ChirChir in Myeongdong since it was nearest to our hotel.
Chir Chir Myeongdong
21, Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04534, South Korea
+82 2 318 7295
3. Naengmyeon (Cold Noodles) 물냉면
I have always wanted to try Korean Naengmyeon and I went on this mission to try it out when I finally got myself to Seoul.
Do not judge a book by its cover, so they say. This simple bowl of cold broth, made from the brine of fermented radish water kimchi and beef stock, is a delight to the senses, especially on hot summer days! It is tangy, savoury, a little sweet.
4. Ganjang-gejang (Marinated Raw Crabs in Soy Sauce) 간장게장
Running Man made me eat this! The moment I saw these on the menu of the restaurant I was in, I wanted to try it!
Gejang (게장) is a traditional dish that is made by marinating raw crabs in a very salty soy sauce brine. Historically, this dish was a way of preserving crabs for a long time. These days, the modern version is marinated in a mild soy sauce-based brine, eaten within a few days and is enjoyed for its taste.
5. Galbi (Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs) 갈비
We love Korean BBQ, especially the beef short ribs! Seoul certainly doesn’t fall short on Korean BBQ restaurants so just take your pick and chances are, your belly will be happy.