Kimch'i is the most well known Korean food locally and abroad. It is a fermented vegetable dish highly seasoned with red pepper and garlic and is served at virtually all meals.
Pulgogi is one of the most popular dishes in Korea and is often liked by visitors. Pulgogi literally means "fire beef", but it is generally translated as "Korean barbecue". Thin, tender slices of beef are marinated in a sauce made with soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and other seasonings, and then cooked over a hot charcoal grill at your table.
Kalbi, on the other hand, are short ribs of beef or pork. It is also grilled at the table. Restaurants that specialize in pulgogi also serve kalbi.
Shinsollo is a delicious mixture of meat, fish, vegetables, and bean curd, which is simmered in beef broth over a charcoal brazier at the table.
Hanjongshik literally means "full course Korean meal" and it is just that. When you order hanjongshik, you are usually served pulgogi, steamed short ribs, grilled fish, and a host of side dishes. These side dishes may vary from restaurant to restaurant, but the servings are always ample.
Pibimpap is made from cooked rice mixed with bits of meat, seasoned vegetables, and egg. If desired, it can be eaten with koch'ujang (a hot red pepper sauce).
Kujolp'an is usually the first-course meal at any elegant Korean restaurant. Strips of cooked meat and vegetables are arranged in a large sectioned dish with a stack of Korean pancakes in the center. The fillings are wrapped in the pancakes and eaten.
Sollong T'ang is a rich beef noodle soup seasoned with sesame seeds, salt, pepper, scallions, and sesame oil. It is served with rice as the main meal and is accompanied by side dishes and a special radish kimch'i called kkaktugi.
Samgye T'ang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)
By eating hot ginseng chicken soup, people can restore their bodies and spirits on hot summer days. The chicken is stuffed with ginseng, jujubes, sticky rice, and garlic. It is then stewed and seasoned with salt and black pepper when served.
Naengmyon literally means "cold noodles". It is a summer favorite, which is truly refreshing. Very thin, chewy buckwheat noodles are served in a cold beef broth with chopped scallions, shredded radishes, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and slices of lean beef. Appropriate condiments are hot mustard and vinegar. There are many restaurants that specialize in naengmyon only. Be sure to try the mild mul-naengmyon before sampling the spicier pibim-naengmyon.
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