Korean barbeque in Daegu, South Korea shrimp in Busan, South Korea Red bean shaved ice at a Korean jimjiban, or bathhouse, in Busan, South Korea

Korean Food

While kimchi and bulgogi are the keystones of traditional Korean cuisine, there are still many traditional dishes to be enjoyed.

Korean Barbeque

Many neighborhood restaurants offer meals in the typical Korean barbeque style. There will be a grill central to each table where you cook your own meat: either pork, chicken or beef. You can also cook garlic and onions for more flavor.

Tongs are provided to cook the meat to your liking. Knives, however, are not commong. Instead, scissors are used to cut the meat into smaller pieces.

Once cooked, you wrap the meat in a lettuce leaf with rice and hot red pepper sauce and enjoy.

Seafood

Korean seafood should be fresh, fresh, fresh and usually is. See below.

There are many places to buy fresh fish and have it cooked on location. There are also many places to try raw dishes. Definitely experiment with both.

Also, as a heads up: octopi, clams and other sea critters are sometimes added willy-nilly to dishes, especially pasta. Be careful if you have allergies.

Red Bean Paste

Red bean paste is a sweet, yet slightly grainy foodstuff made from the azuki bean. It may be best described as a dessert element or a condiment.

Some people really don't have the taste for it, but I think it has a nice, earthy quality that is refreshing with waffles or shaved ice.