Are you one of those who just can’t stop binge-watching all those lovey-dovey Korean dramas on Netflix including listening to the BTS on repeat?
Well, congratulations! You’re officially a member of Dineout’s K-Club where we’re excited to take your newfound love for Korean pop and culture to the next level by sharing some authentic Korean cuisine recommendations in the city.
Laughter might be the best medicine in some cultures, but in Korea, good food has always held that crown. The country's cuisine has evolved over centuries; the role of food was not just to provide nourishment but also to prevent and cure illness. Korean food revolves around Eumyangohaeng - the theory of yin and yang and the five elements that make up the universe.
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For first time diners, eating at restaurants serving Korean food can be intimidating; you almost feel you crashed a party you weren't invited for. You don't know what to order and where to begin. But once you get past that initial hurdle, Korean food can be an engaging culinary journey and very healthy too. There are vegetarian options if you look hard enough.
We have picked some Korean dishes that you must try in Delhi:-
It's tough not to love this elegantly laid out dish with rice and egg yolk in its centre surrounded by multiple vegetables and meat. The ingredients are mixed together with a few drops of a gochujang - spicy red pepper, and sesame oil. Each spoonful has a different taste.
Famous Korean street food in Seoul is made with sweet and chewy rice cakes and fish cakes. The steamed rice cakes are stirred up with fish cakes and scallions in a special sauce made of chilli paste and soybean paste. The flavoursome street food is a must-try for those who like hot and spicy flavours.
Comparisons with a Japanese Sushi roll are inevitable. Rice, meat and vegetables are wrapped in a long seaweed roll that is sliced into bite-sized discs. This is probably Korea's best-known street food dish.
Kimchi is the first thing that comes to our mind on the mention Korean food. It is the best way to get familiar with Korean Cuisine. Consider it a spicy, crunchy salad made up of fermented vegetables with cabbage as its main ingredient.
Japchae (Glass noodles)
One of Korea's most popular noodle dishes is made with sweet potato noodles. The Korean chopsticks are unique - crafted with metal and Koreans also use a spoon along with the chopsticks for their soup; unlike other Asian cultures, it is not considered polite to eat with the cup close to your mouth. The noodles are stir-fried in sesame oil with thinly sliced vegetables and meat.
Reminiscent of an Ice Kachang - a tall heap of shaved ice with sweet condiments. Patbingsu (with red bean paste) is probably the best-known variant. It's customary for groups of Koreans to order a large bowl at cafes and dig into the same bowl. You can do that at Ssongchee Korea Bings Café in Delhi.
Pork has been an integral part of Korean cuisine. This is a common dish on dinner menus - thick slices of pork belly meat (usually not marinated) cooked on a grill at your table.
Haemul-pajeon (seafood and green onion pancake)
Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, this is a great accompaniment for Korean beverages (like the Soju or Rice-infused beers). The batter is a mishmash of green onions and assorted varieties of shellfish.
Someplace where you can try all these Korean dishes in Delhi NCR:-
It is a place to enjoy Korean cuisine in all its glory. This charming coffeehouse sells Korean herbal teas such as Oksusu Yum-Cha, Memil-Cha, and Insam-Cha. Their Gamja-Jeon Korean potato pancake and Kimchi Pancake are both delectable. What we like best about this restaurant because, in addition to their delectable Donkatsu, Tuna Kimbap, and Kimchi Fried Rice, they also provide Korean thalis. Come in for a delicious supper!
Where | Kori's - Safdarjung & M Block Market, GK-1
Busan, a Korean restaurant, serves delectable cuisine in a stunning setting. You'll also be able to fill your stomach without causing too much financial harm. With lowered tables and chairs, they create a very genuine Korean eating experience. If you have a taste for Korean cuisine, this is the place to go.
Where - House 9B, Block 10, New Aruna Nagar, Majnu Ka Tila
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