17 Delicious Treats From Korea You Should Know

With a trending street food scene, South Korea’s capital city Seoul is a great destination for foodies. Ice cream treats are hugely popular, with items like goldfish-shaped cones and ice cream made into adorable animal faces like at Chichi Pong’s on Jeju Island. While kimchi is the national dish of Korea, other foods in the country range from tangy to spicy-sweet. Everything is delectable here, from sweet and citrusy snacks to fried and comforting dishes. Here’s a run-down of 17 incredible Korean foods you need to know!

1. Bungeoppang – goldfish pastry filled with sweetened red bean paste

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2. Bingsu – shaved ice with fruit & condensed milk

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3. Bibimbap – rice, meat, and vegetables topped with an egg

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4. Tornado potato – spiral cut fried potato

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5. Bulgogi – Korean beef, thinly sliced and grilled

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6. Longffle – “long waffle” on a stick with sweet toppings

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7. Dakgangjeong – fried chicken with spicy glaze

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8. Chueotang – spicy mudfish soup

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9. Dakkochi – chicken on a stick with tangy sauce 

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10. Kimbap – sushi with kimchi

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11. Japchae – glass noodles with sweet potatoes 

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12. Jeon – fried fish pancakes

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13. Ddukbokki – stir-fried rice cakes

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14. Bo ssäm – pork belly, usually in lettuce wraps

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15. Haejang-guk – “hangover soup” in beef broth

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16. Hotteok – sweet pancakes stuffed with nuts

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17. Bokeumtang – spicy braised chicken

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  • SGMRAJ

    Where did you find bulgogi served like THAT??? Three wonderful years in Korea – NEVER had bulgogi with an egg on it. And it is traditionally served so you cook it yourself on a grill, with many side dishes (as discussed in the information with this month’s box, I believe). Most often eaten wrapped up with rice and gochujang in lettuce leaves, it is a favorite with ex-pats in particular. And kimbap isn’t usually made with kimchi. The ‘kim’ in the name isn’t from ‘kimchi’, it is from the kim (seaweed sheet) rolled around the bap (rice). There are generally fresh vegetables in the middle. Just sayin’.