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Korean Food (한식 100)

After having pork galbi for lunch and bossam for dinner today this seems as good a time as any to post the '한식 100: 100 Korean Foods You Gotta Try' list / meme. This should serve as a good summary of many of the foods I've had here over the past eighteen months. By no means is it exhaustive - neither 고래고기 (whale meat) nor my beloved 호빵 (hobbang) made the cut, for example - but it does do an excellent job of highlighting the 'important' dishes in Korea. The list was originally created by ZenKimchi and the 한글 (Korean names) were later added by FatManSeoul. For my francophone readers, you can check out the French equivalents via Madame Choi's blog.

Bold font indicates something that I've tried.



001. Myeolchi Bokkeum (Stir-fried Anchovies) 멸치볶음 [photo]

002. Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup) 삼계탕 [photo]

003. Bulgogi (Grilled Marinated Beef) 불고기 [photo]

004. BulDalk (Burn-your-pants-off Spicy Grilled Chicken) 불닭

005. DalkBal (Spicy Chicken Feet) 닭발 [photo]

006. Korean Fried Chicken 치킨 [photo] (Not like you need a photo of fried chicken, but whatever.)

007. Dalk Galbi (Stir-fried Marinated Chicken and Veggies) 닭갈비 [photo]

008. San Nakji, chopped (Semi-live Baby Octopus) 산낙지 [photo] (It squirmed a lot.)

009. San Nakji, whole (Live Octopus)

010. Sundubu Jjigae (Soft Tofu Stew) 순두부 찌게 [photo]

011. Juk (Rice Porridge) 죽 [photo] (Squash Juk is particularly good.)

012. Galbi (Grilled Short Ribs) (소)갈비 [photo]

013. Galbitang (Short Rib Soup) 갈비탕 [photo]

014. Shinseollo (Fancy Hot Pot) 신선로 [photo]

015. Gobchang Gui (Grilled Beef Intestines) 곱장구이 [photo]

016. Seng Gan (Raw Beef Liver) 생간 [photo]

017. Galbi Jjim (Stewed Ribs) 갈비찜 [photo]

018. Bossam (Steamed Marinated Pork with Lettuce Wraps) 보쌈 [photo]

019. Japchae (Clear Noodles Stir-fried with Pork and Vegetables) 찹재 [photo]

020. Jaeyuk Bokkeum (Spicy Stir-fried Pork) 재육볶음 [photo] (At least, I think I've had this one ...)

021. Kimchi Jjim (Stewed Kimchi with Tofu) 깁치찜 [link]

022. Ddong Jip (Chicken Gizzards) 똥집 [photo]

023. Odeng/Eomuk (Street-side Fish Noodles) 어댕/어묵 [photo]

024. Hoddeok (Stuffed Street-side Pastries) 호떡 [photo]

025. GeiJang (Raw Fermented Crabs) 게장 [photo]

026. Hongeo (Fermented Skate) 홍어 [photo]

027. Gochujang Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly Smothered in Red Pepper Paste) 고추장 삼겹살 [photo]

028. Lotteria’s Shrimp Burger [link] (I have also tried their Avocado Shrimp Burger: photo; link.)

029. Sae-u Kang (Shrimp Flavored “Fries”) 새우깡 [photo]

030. Doenjang Jjigae (Fermented Bean Paste Stew) 됀장찌게 [photo]

031. Cheonggukjang (Stinky Fermented Bean Paste Stew) 정국장

032. Boshintang (Dog Soup) 보신탕 [photo] (Ate it at a restaurant that had dogs running around outside. No big deal.)

033. Seonji Haejangguk (Hangover Stew with Clotted Cow Blood) 선지 해장국 [photo] (I never drink enough to wake up with hangovers, and I get my cow blood from other sources ...)

034. Ddeokbokki (Chewy Rice Cakes in Spicy Sauce) 떡볶이 [photo]

035. YukHui (Raw Beef Salad) 육희

036. MiyeokGuk (Seaweed Soup) 미역국 [photo]

037. Mae-eunTang (Spicy Fish Soup) 매운탕 [photo]

038. Nakji Bokkeum (Stir-fried Baby Octopus) 낙지볶음 [photo]

039. Ojingeo (Cuttlefish) (마른) 오징어 [photo] (Dried Ojingeo with gochujang [red pepper paste] is my favorite side dish when drinking soju.)

040. Beondaeggi (Silkworm Larvae) 번대기 [photo] (I don't know why these gross people out; they're delicious.)

041. Golbaenggi (Sea Snails) 골뱅이 [photo]

042. Jangeo Gui (Grilled Eel) 장어구이 [photo]

043. Jaratang (Turtle Soup) 자라탕

044. Bogeo (Blowfish) 복어 [photo]

045. Sae-u Sogeum Gui (Salt Grilled Shrimp) 새우소금 구이 [photo] (I might have tried this, but I'm not sure.)

046. Deodeok Root 더덕 [photo]

047. BindaeDdeok (Mung Bean Pancake) 빈대떡 [photo]

048. Pajeon (Green Onion Pancake) 바전 파전 [photo]

049. Bibimbap (Mixed Rice and Vegetables) 비빔밥 [photo]

050. Boribap (Mixed Barley Rice and Vegetables) 보리밥 [photo]

051. Marinated Garlic (마늘장아찌?) [photo]

052. Patbingsu (Shaved Ice and Red Bean Treat) 팥빙수 [photo] (Hate to say it, but the selection and taste of patbingsu in Taiwan is better.)

053. Dotorimok (Acorn Jelly) 도토리목 [photo; link] (Oh, how I love acorn jelly! Acorn dishes aren't all that common worldwide due to the work it takes to leech out tannins, but they were also an important foodstuff for many Pacific Northwest Native American tribes.)

054. Naengmyeon (Chilled Noodles) 냉면 [Water Naengmyeon (물냉면): photo; Rice Naengmyeon (비빔냉면): photo] (The slices of pear might just be my favorite part.)

055. Makkoli/Dongdongju (Rice Beer) 막거리/ 동동주 [photo] (I've had both and hate the stuff.)

056. Bokbunja (Raspberry Wine) 복분자 [photo]

057. Soju (Rice Whiskey) 소주 [photo]

058. Andong Soju (Strong Rice Whiskey from the Andong Region) 안동소주 [photo] (I've heard Andong Soju is 40% alcohol, but that's still not quite as strong as the Mongolian vodka I've tried.)

059. Jogae Gui (Grilled Shellfish) 조개구이 [photo]

060. Haepari (Jellyfish) 해바리 (I was told I've had this, anyway)

061. Gyeran Jjim (Steamed Egg) 계란찜 [photo]

062. Corn Ice Cream [photo] (The photo is from Hokkaido. Please don't kill me.)

063. Dolsot Bibimbap (Mixed Rice and Vegetables in a Sizzling Stone Pot) 돌솥비빔밥 [photo]

064. Mandu (Stuffed Dumplings) 만두 [photo] (Meat mandu, vegetable mandu, and kimchi mandu.)

065. Ddeokguk (Chewy Rice Cake Soup) 떡국 [photo] (What everyone eats on New Year Day to grow a day older.)

066. Songpyeon (Stuffed Chewy Rice Cakes) 송편 [photo] (Made some with my friend Jisook for Chuseok in 2007. Ours were cooked in an underground oven with pine needles on top for extra flavor.)

067. Hot Bar (Fried Fish Batter Street Food) 헛바

068. Shikhye (Sweet Rice Punch) 식혜 [photo] (A chilled bowl is very refreshing on a hot summer's day.)

069. Any product with Green Tea in it 녹차맛 xxx [photo] (Definitely. Green tea ice cream, green tea flavored chocolate bars, green tea fried rice, and green tea flavored pork cutlet.)

070. Gujeolpan (Nine-section Dish) 구절반

071. Yogurt Soju Cocktail [photo] (I'm a much bigger fan of pomegranate soju cocktails and kiwi soju cocktails.)

072. Baechu Kimchi (Cabbage Kimchi) 배추김치 [photo] (What most people think of when they hear the word "kimchi".)

073. Any Kimchi that’s over 3 years old

074. Baek Kimchi (White Cabbage Kimchi) 백김치 [photo]

075. Shake-’em-up Dosirak [link]

076. Mul Kimchi (Water Kimchi) 물김치 [photo] (I love sipping the 'broth' of mul kimchi.)

077. Oi Sobagi (Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi) 오이소바기 [photo] (My favorite kimchi is a toss-up between mul kimchi, oi sobagi, and ggakdugi.)

078. Ggakdugi (Cubed Radish Kimchi) 깍두기 [photo]

079. Sae-u Jeot (Salted Tiny Shrimp) 새우젓

080. Myeongran Jeot (Salted Pollack Roe) 명란젓 [photo]

081. Changran Jeot (Salted Pollack Guts) 장란젓

082. Ssamjang (Mixed Soybean and Pepper Paste) 쌈장 [photo]

083. Kalguksu (Hand-cut Noodle Soup) 갈국수 [link]

084. Ramyeon (Ramen Noodles) in a Tin Pot 라면

085. Entire Hui Meal (Korean style Sashimi) 회 [photo] (This was sampled during the same evening I ate fish eyes.)

086. Gimbap (Seaweed Rice Rolls) 김밥 [photo]

087. Jokbal (Pigs Feet) 족발 [photo]

088. Sundae (Blood and Noodle Sausage) 순대 [photo] (I love sundae and also order sundaeguk (순대국); sundae soup - which can include chunks of beef heart, liver, and congealed blood. Yummy.)

089. Yeot (Traditional Korean Candy) 엿 [photo] (Reminds me of taffy at times. Pumpkin-flavored yeot is especially good.)

090. Naengi (Shepherd’s Purse) 냉이 [link]

091. Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew) 김치찌게 [photo]

092. Budae Jjigae (“Army Base” Stew, traditionally including hot dogs and Spam) 부대찌게 [photo] (Uijeongbu is famous for its budae jjigae. Oh yeah, and among some Americans as the setting for M*A*S*H*.)

093. Agu Jjim (Stewed Monkfish) 아구찜 [photo] (What they look like before being cooked.)

094. Haemultang (Seafood Soup) 해물탕 [photo]

095. Nurungji (Hot Water Mixed with Rice Scrapings in a Stone Pot) 누릉지 [photo]

096. Sujebi (Rustic Dumpling Soup) 수재비 [photo]

097. Janchi Guksu (Thin Noodles in a Seaweed Broth with Condiments) 잔치국수 [photo] (Another one I'm not sure if I've tried or not.)

098. BungeoBbang (Goldfish-shaped Stuffed Pastry) 봉어빵 [photo; link] (These are incredible. They're normally available with red bean paste inside, but I've also had some with thick cream and kimchi for fillings. One of these days I need to sit down and write the entry I've been meaning to involving bungeobbang.)

099. Raw Ginseng or anything with Ginseng in it 인삼 [photo] (I used to drink ginseng tea before coming to Korea. And anyone who has had samgyetang has had something with ginseng in it.)

100. MakHui (Chilled Sashimi Soup) 막희 [link]




Interestingly, there are several dishes that I first ate in the United States as a result of tutoring Korean students and, later, sharing an apartment with a Korean student during my final year of university. My total came out to 72 of 100. Looks like there are still a few more left to sample. I seem to be doing alright on the intestine/ blood front and have even had a dish or two involving various internal organs that didn't make the list.

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
samuraibutterfl
Mar. 8th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
You are much braver than me.
ext_98477
Mar. 15th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
A lot of stuff got cut, and it was very hard to choose which ones got the ax.
samedi
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Completely understandable, and I hope my comment didn't come across as a criticism of your list. I was very impressed by the work you put into it and figure it must have been hard picking which ones stayed and which ones didn't.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 1st, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
Great
Interesting posts you have here ... I can see that you put a lot of hard work on your blog. I'm sure I'd visit here more often.
George
from ginseng photos (http://www.afrodisiace.110mb.com/ginseng.php).
samedi
Dec. 1st, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Great
George,

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment ... it's much appreciated. My knowledge of Romanian is very poor, but it looks like you've also put a lot of work into your site as well!
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