Periodic Table of Korean Foods

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I enjoyed creating this, but it was very tedious and detailed oriented. One of the most difficult things was making sure I didn’t repeat an abbreviation and checking for the correct spellings of all the foods. It was also a bit difficult dividing some foods into their respective categories because some things you could classify as a soup AND seafood (꽃게탕 for example).

I checked over and over for mistakes, but I’m sure there may be a few I still didn’t catch. If I find any (or if you guys find some) I will go back and make the corrections. Also, I know that these aren’t all of the Korean foods and drinks but if I added every food and drink, the table would be even bigger than it is now.

So I basically just tried to name the major foods and drinks.

Click on the picture for a closer look in detail.

My favorites? Dak Galbi, Hotteok, Samgyeopsal, Ggaetnipjeon, and Buldak. What are yours?


Remember that romanization is only a tool! Try not to depend on it too much and try learning the Korean alphabet and how to pronounce the letters properly to have an easier time learning Korean.

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    1. Kimchi jiggae, kimchi Jeon, mi yuk kuk, Hobak juk, soon dubu jiggae, yum!

    2. This is awesome! I can’t imagine how long this must have taken.

      • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins

        Thanks man…about 2 weeks and finishing it up over the weekend while sick (still sick now). Enjoyed making it though.

    3. releasethedogs

      NO Kalguksu? WTF!

      • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins

        #44 😉

        • releasethedogs

          Oh! I thought it would be under soup. It’s clearly a soup. Oh well, Thanks for including my favorite Korean dish even if it makes me a (young) ajushi. (Im told kalguksu is “old people food”)

    4. A version with pictures would be awesome!! Also as someone commented on reddit, 육회 isn’t sea food.

      • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins

        Man I actually wanted to add pictures, but the amount of time it would’ve taken was daunting (at least drawing them)…I may add a version later if I get A LOT of free time. And thanks for pointing that out…will change 🙂

    5. Jack Zilla Lyons

      Very cool! One mistake though. 육회 (#24) is raw beef, not seafood.

    6. SUPER AWESOME!!!! Great work! I’m going to share this on twitter, facebook and pinterest! 😉

    7. conspiracy

      Do the numbers stand for anything?

    8. cool 🙂 you should sell this as a poster.

    9. No Ojingeochae Muchim? :'(

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