The first thing to note is that Koreans do not eat dog meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Moreover, the modern generation has never tasted these animals. The last market that sold such meat in Seoul closed a few years ago. So if you want such exotics, then be ready for the fact that it will not be easy to find it. However, local cuisine is quite diverse and interesting in its modern incarnation. If you don't want to experiment with your stomach, you can look for the nearest cafe with American fast food, pizza or Chinese noodles. There are many of them here.
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Please note that local food is divided into three types – spicy, non-spicy, and sweet. The last two types of dishes are clear. However, you should remember one important thing about the first category of Korean dishes. Since childhood, the locals have been used to so many condiments, which can be too much even for a prepared traveler. Therefore, always check with the waiters seasoning of the dish, so as not to extinguish the fire in the mouth after eating. Fortunately, the staff at least a little speaks English in almost all cafes here. It is difficult to determine the seasoning of the dish on your own. However, there is one rule. If the dish is red, it means it is spicy. It is worth remembering that it is not customary to leave tips in cafes and restaurants in Seoul. Waiters get a high salary here. The bill is usually paid at the exit or at a special checkout.
Many bowls of appetizers are served with the main course here. It is customary to eat mostly with chopsticks here. They are usually metal and have a rectangular cross-section. Rice is eaten with a spoon. However, it is completely round here in contrast to the European one. Tenjanchige soup with seafood is a popular dish. Jae-yook Bokum is also interesting. This is spicy chicken with kimchi. Kimchi is a distinctive feature of the local cuisine. Koreans love this dish very much. It is worth noting that it is legally prohibited to export any ingredients for its preparation from Seoul and from any other part of the country. In fact, kimchi is a fermented Korean spicy cabbage. However, there is no single recipe for this dish. You can find a different version of kimchi in any local cafe. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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It is interesting that you often have to finish cooking the dish in Seoul. A small brazier can be served to you for these purposes. Rice is also often served separately from other ingredients, which are mixed in a special plate. These can be different-pickled and stewed vegetables, meat, fish, and seafood.
Korean barbecue is very tasty. You can find it under the name "Korean BBQ" in the menus of many restaurants. The meat is fried in a special dish and the mushrooms and greens are cooked in the recesses at the edges at the same time. Local mandu are also interesting. This is the Korean version of dumplings. Mandu comes with different types of meat, vegetables, and, of course, kimchi. There is also a modification of Japanese rolls in Korea. This dish is called kimbap. There is rice, vegetables, and meat in a similar dish bibimbap. It's less spicy than kimbap.
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If you don't want to wait for the dish to be cooked in a cafe, you can taste dishes from street sellers. There are most of them in places that are popular among tourists. Simple dishes like shish kebab of meat or fish on skewers are sold here. You can also buy dumplings in the street. These are pieces of dough in hot sauce. Potatoes cut into a spiral on a skewer are also interesting. It is eaten by pouring sauce and sprinkling with spices. In general, you can buy anything you want from street sellers. They sell ice cream, sausages, and a local version of doughnuts. If you are not a squeamish person and want to visit an unusual place, then visit Ddo-ong Cafe. It is located on the roof terrace of the Ssamziegil shopping center. The interior, serving, and even drawings with foam on the coffee refer to the toilet theme here. However, everything looks pretty nice. There are always a lot of tourists here.
There are many different sweets in Seoul. Quite modern European chocolates, cheesecakes, national sweet rice puddings, and rice flour pies are popular with the locals. You should not miss the opportunity to taste bubble tea. There are tapioca balls at the bottom of it. You must draw them in through a drink tube. Coconut water and regular American soda are served here. You should also taste local alcohol. Seoul residents drink a lot but they behave decently. It is difficult to meet a rowdy Korean. Local rice vodka is interesting. Its strength is only 20 degrees. Korean beer is also worthy of attention. It is not inferior to German beer in quality.
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National cuisine of South Korea
Japchae is a salad with glass noodles, meat, and vegetables. All ingredients are roasted in traditional sesame oil, stir-fried, sprinkled with different spices, and served. Small side dishes are very popular in Korean cuisine. They can be served as an addition to the main dish. Tourists enjoy trying banchan – a collective name for small side dishes in separate plates. The term banchan can refer to only one side dish or more than a dozen of colorful small plates with different food. When it comes to drinks, Koreans love coffee. There are coffee houses virtually every 100 meters in South Korea. Tea is significantly less popular. Soju, a Korean distilled vodka-type drink, is the most popular alcoholic beverage. It is usually no more than 20% alcohol by volume. Soju is usually made from sweet potato so the drink has a sweetish taste. If you are searching for a souvenir to bring from South Korea, Soju is a great choice.