Chances are if you come to Korea for work or travel (and are 18+ ㅋㅋ), you will be invited to go out and drink with your coworkers or friends. When you go out with your coworkers, it is called a “회식” and you eat, talk, and drink with each other.
Now if you don’t drink, don’t be afraid to refrain from drinking and just tell them the reason why. Aside from the older generation, most people will have no problem.
This is a guest post done by my friend Ben over at The Online Grill. His site features a lot of great recipes not only from Korea, but from other countries as well. There is lots of good stuff that will definitely help you become king chef in the kitchen. He also has a great infographic about Kimchi as well. Check it out 🙂
Enjoy these great summer foods for hot weather in Korea. I’m actually not a big fan of the cold noodles (must be because I’m American), but they are sooo popular here in the summer.
Check out the Dom & Hyo store to find souvenirs and gifts related to Korea. We have posters, t-shirts, postcards, and more.
Dishes in this graphic:
비빔냉면 (bi-bim-naeng-myeon) = Cold noodles served with a spicy sauce. Most dishes also have a boiled egg on top along with sliced cucumbers and pears.
물냉면 (mul-naeng-myeon) = Cold noodles served in an icy cold broth. Often topped with sliced cucumbers, pears, and a boiled egg. On occasion, spicy sauce may be added.
삼계탕 (sam-gye-tang) = A delicious chicken soup filled with scallions, garlic, jujube, and ginseng. Many people like to eat this on the three hottest days of the year (called Chobuk, Jungbok, and Malbok)
오이냉국 (o-i-naeng-guk) = This is a cold soup filled with cucumbers. It is normally eaten as a side dish and can be quite refreshing. It also usually contains seaweed.
콩국수 (kong-guk-su) = This dish consists of noodles served in cold soy milk broth. The noodles are made from wheat flour.
메밀국수 (me-mil-guk-su) = Cold buckwheat noodles placed in a chilled broth. The ingredients vary by restaurant and can be customized depending on your taste. Common ones include meat, chili paste, cucumbers, and kimchi.
김치말이국수 (kim-chi-mal-i-guk-su) = Rice noodles served in a chilled kimchi broth. Ingredients include kimchi slices, a boiled egg, and cucumbers.
팥빙수 (pat-bing-su) = One of the most popular desserts in Korea. It’s made from shaved ice that’s topped with sweet red beans and ice cream. Many other varieties also exist at different cafes so try some that suit your fancy.
수박화채 (su-bak-hwa-chae) = A delicious traditional Korean fruit punch that is made with watermelon. It can be served in many ways, but one of the most popular ways is to hollow out a watermelon, and fill it with the punch.
I’m not a huge fan of the “Korean style” of making pizza. Sweet potatoes, corn, cheesecake, etc. No thank you. There are a few that I don’t mind like the bulgogi and bacon potato, but most of the others I could do without. When I was working at my last school, the were frequent pizza parties, and the students were always confused as to why I usually didn’t want to partake in he pizza that their teacher ordered for them. What’s your favorite style of pizza?