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Seoul’s food does wonders in attracting people to the city. Whatever you have, wherever you are, the food will never fail to satisfy you. From fine dining to casual street food, you will find traditional Korean food, a variety of western cuisine, and fusion cuisine served all throughout the city at restaurants that make you feel like eating at home.

Korean Cuisine

Korean cuisine uses lots of fresh ingredients to create diverse flavors and nutritious, healthy meals and is well-received by foreigners. The food in Korea is relatively cheap but high in quality, and one can find restaurants running late into the night and even ones open 24-hours. The majority of tourists find Korean cuisine suitable to their tastes, and dining out is frequent even among Seoulites.


Grilled Meat

Grilled Meat

Galbi and bulgogi are among the most popular and most traditional Korean dishes. Cooking the meat with everyone sitting around the table and eating it right away can be a fascinating experience.

Stews/Soups (Jjigae/Tang)

Stews/Soups (Jjigae/Tang)

The way to make Korean stew/soup is put salt and other spices into water and have these flavors seep into the ingredients. There are numerous types of stews/soups such as kimchi-jjigae, doenjang-jjigae (bean paste stew), soondubu-jjigae (tofu stew), samgyetang (chicken soup), seolleong-tang (beef soup), haemultang (seafood soup), and many more.

Rice

Rice

Almost all Korean food is served with rice. Rice is normally served in a small bowl and can be mixed with other types of grains. Popular rice menus are bibimbab (rice mixed with vegetables and meat), ssambab (putting rice in lettuce wraps with side dishes), bokeumbab (fried rice), kimbab (rice wrapped in dried laver with vegetables/meat) and juk (hot rice porridge made with meats or vegetables).

Side Dishes

Side Dishes

A variety of side dishes are served with rice in Korea. Among them, kimchi is the most famous. You are bound to find kimchi on any table set with Korean dishes.

Noodles

Noodles

Korean dishes have a variety of noodle dishes made from wheat, beans, rice and other ingredients. Kalguksu (wheat noodles with chicken or seafood), naengmyun (buckwheat noodles served cold with beef and radish), and ramen (instant noodles, sometimes added to different soups and often spicy) are among the most popular.

Street Food

Street Food

Where ever in the streets of the city, you will find food sold at portable stalls. The most beloved snacks are tteok-bokki (rice cakes in red pepper sauce), soondae (noodles in pig/cow intestines), twigim (deep fried vegetables and meats), mandu (dumplings filled with kimchi, vegetables or meat), hotteok (fried pancakes filled with honey), and toast (fried egg sandwiches with meat and vegetables).

Various Foods of the World

As an international metropolis, Seoul offers a variety of cuisines from around the world. Itaewon Tourist District is the most exotic place in Seoul and you can find restaurants and cultures of numerous countries. Coex Mall, Jongro and the streets of Gangnam are also popular areas to enjoy international foods. In Seoul alone there are more than 7,000 Italian restaurants, and numerous Chinese and Japanese restaurants.