Ok-City meals junkie’s record
By Tae Hong
Korean meals is all the fad these days, with consideration from magazines, meals critics and cooks being showered on staples like kimchi and gochujang, however there’s one thing about the usual go-to of “Korean meals? I really like KBBQ! Bulgogi! Bibimbap!” that has Korean meals lovers twitching with suggestions past the (so, so scrumptious) grill.
We’ve obtained three “should” lists — one from a 1.5-generation Ok-City meals junkie (that’s me!), one from a Korean American whose most popular eats embrace extra patties and cheese than dwenjang or squid, and one from a non-Korean who has an unhealthy bingsoo obsession.
Step out of your consolation zone, put down these KBBQ scissors, and begin Yelping.
1. Ganjang Gejang (간장 게장)
Drowning uncooked blue crabs in soy sauce shouldn’t sound appetizing, however to those that have had ganjang gejang, it’s the stuff of goals.
Combine rice, roe and sauce within the crab shell. Put away your utensils. No facet dishes wanted. Your mouth will thanks.
The dish is so divine there’s a complete alley in Seoul’s Shinsa-dong (신사동 간장 게장 골목) stuffed with eating places providing their finest variations of ganjang gejang, one after the opposite.
2. Jeon (전)
Ceaselessly launched as Korean pancakes, jeon is an appetizer with an countless variety of variations, the most well-liked amongst them being kimchi, inexperienced onion and seafood.
Jeon‘s the kind of crispy satisfaction you’ll find just about anyplace and all over the place, and it’s — on holidays, as a companion to consuming, on lunch and dinner tables.
3. Soondae (순대)
Don’t let the visuals flip you off — soondae could also be boiled intestines filled with noodles and pig’s blood, however that is one ultimate-comfort-food blood sausage.
Offered in eating places and by avenue distributors, soondae is historically eaten both in a soup, stir-fried in chili paste or by itself. Most favor dipping it in a pinch of salt.
4. Budae Jjigae (부대 찌게)
Actually “military stew,” this hearty, spicy dish is often made by throwing in a slew of meats — sausage, floor beef, Spam, no matter else you’ve obtained — with prompt noodles, rice cake, kimchi, cheese, onions, carrots, mushrooms and a handful of different veggies.
It appears to be like to the Korean Warfare as its origin, a time of scarce meals and widespread poverty in South Korea.
Folks would take leftover meats like Spam and sizzling canines from American troopers, mix them with the rest they might discover, and boil the elements for a makeshift stew.
Instances have modified, however budae jjigae remains to be a preferred providing present in cities all around the world, from Seoul to Los Angeles.
5. Ssam (쌈)
Desire a do-it-yourself wrap so recent and so tasty you’ll end up craving the crunch each night time?
Look no additional than ssam, which locations meats and veggies onto a leaf of lettuce — or perilla leaves, or cabbage, or pumpkin leaves — to wrap and swallow. It is available in many variations, the most well-liked being bossam, or steamed pork.
Don’t miss the purple, spicy paste, ssamjang, that often accompanies the wrap.