Seoul. A metropolis of food. It’s easy to eat delicious things in Seoul, but it’s hard to taste Seoul’s original soul food. We’ve compiled a list of ten places you must try to experience authentic Korean flavors and eat like a true Korean.
It’s hard to imagine Seoul food without fried chicken. Banpo Chicken, which first opened in 1976, is one of the forebears of Korean fried chicken. Be sure to try their famous dish garlic chicken, chicken doused in pungent sauce made of crushed whole garlic.
Galbi is beginner’s fare for the foreigner, but have you tried Dakgalbi? Tender chicken marinated in spicy red pepper sauce, Dakgalbi is a dish every Korean loves. After finishing off the chicken, don’t forget to add cheese and fried rice to the spicy leftovers and go in for round 2!
Pig’s feet is a popular Korean comfort food. It’s chewy, delicious, and full of collagen so it’s even good for you! The pig’s feet at Pyeongando Jip are marinated 24 hours before they’re cooked. The buttery, tender meat is well worth the wait.
Dosirak is a classic Korean lunchbox packed with rice, toasted seaweed and various banchan or side dishes such as kimchi and fried sausage. Get it in the authentic metal box and shake up the contents to get a truly old school Korean meal! And don’t forget to try the classic bingsoo after.
You’ve heard of tteokbokki, and you’ve probably sampled these spicy rice cakes before. But have you had them with ramen and cheese? Mukshidonna is famous for their soupy, spicy, cheesy, seafood and meat-filled tteokbokki. Now go get messy!
Bursting with flavor and convenient to eat, kimbap is the most popular Korean picnic food. Kim Sonsaeng’s Kimbap is famous for its use of local organic ingredients and its generous portions of fillings.
If you want to taste a traditional Korean dessert, go to Gahwadang. This old fashioned Korean tea house, serves traditional herb and fruit teas such as jujube and omija tea. Try the roasted rice cakes or the fried honey cakes, traditional desserts that are sweet, sticky and fun to eat.