A fun and delicious facet of Korean cuisine is its side dishes called banchan, which is served in odd numbers and meant to be shared. The most famous banchan is kimchi, healthy fermented vegetables and there are over 200 different types!
Soju may be the national drink of Korea, but it didn’t originate there. This distilled beverage, made from fermented rice and/or other grains, originated in China and traveled through Mongolia to Korea. Water is sometimes poured over the rice crust at the bottom of rice pot, left to soak for a while before the watery crust is scraped together to make sungyung, a weak, smoky rice tea of sorts.
What to eat
Beef bulgogi are thin strips of sirloin marinated in soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and pepper, then grilled is probably the most well-known Korean dish in the states. Bibimbap is another signature dish, it’s a bed of warm rice topped with mixed vegetables, beef, and fried egg.
Korean BBQ is a fun dining experience where you grill marinated meats on a charcoal or electric grill at your table. Don’t forget to try stews like jjigae and thinner soups, guk and tang to warm you up on cold days.