Tag Archive for: North Korean Cuisine

Korea – Gopchang Gui (곱창구이)

Gui is known to be the GRILL ITEM. Gopchang-GUI (곱창구이) is the “grilled intestines” could be small intestine and large intestine. The word Gui is derived from the other word, gupda (굽다), which means “To grill”. Relevantly, the history of Korean cuisine starts from the Three kingdom period and ends with the Joseon period followed by the Modern era.

Korea – Tteok Guk ( Korean Rice Cake Soup )

This is the traditional Korean dish of the New Year’s celebration. This is a sliced rice cake dish with soups and stew in it. Tteok means Rice cakes and Guk is used to classify soups and stew dishes. This dish is considered a GOOD LUCK DISH. In the book, DONGGUKSESIGI, that explains the Korean traditions, their food, customs, and many more, the tradition of eating tteokguk at Korean’s New year is written. It is a book from the 19th Century. In another book, The Customs of Joseon, white tteok is used in making the dinner for the new year.

North/South Korea – Kongnamul Muchim

This is a very nutritious side dish served as BANCHAN. This dish is a combination of beans sprouts with other vegetables and some nuts and noodles are also added to give it a nice base to the dish. Banchan is the side dish of Korean cuisine. It is mostly grilled and steamed dishes. This is the Korean cuisine that traditionally originated at the JOSEON DYNASTY. This dish is influenced by Buddhists at the time of the Three Kingdom.

Korea, Japan – Bibimbap / Korean Mixed Rice Bowl

Bibimbap is a dish from Korean national cuisine. It is actually a rice dish which means Mixed Rice. In this dish, many different ingredients are added like stir-fried vegetables, cooked meat chunks, raw vegetable salad, noodles, spices and herbs, eggs, etc. BIBIMBAP was first time recorded in a book of JOSEON. There are different versions of Bibimbap.

Korea – Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup/Samgye-tang

Samgye-tang is a soup dish that is also known as Ginseng chicken soup. The name of the dish of the same category depends upon the use of chicken. In Korean tradition, there are three popular days of the year to have this soup as the culture of Korean cuisine. Whenever it comes to Korean cuisine and traditions, the Great Joseon State, Joseon Dynasty has a big role. The culture of eating Samgye-tang on Bok Days is common even nowadays but it has a tradition that came up from that time.

Korea – Bulgogi

Bulgogi is Korean style grilled and roasted meat dish which is also known as FIRE MEAT. BULGOGI is a Korean word, where BUL means, Fire, and GOGI means, Meat. Gui is a Korean cooking style which is usually said in a sense of Grilled food. So this dish, Bulgogi is a Gui. During the era of GOGURYEO, this dish is called MAEKJEOK. Over the time this dish is said to be as NEOBIANI.

Korean – Gopchang

In Korean cuisine, Gui is known to be Grilled items of food. Gopchang is a dish of Korean Cuisine, belongs to the GUI category in which grilled items are listed. It is server with hot-pot, barbecue or sundae(sausage), etc.

North Korea – Japchae ( Stir-fried Glass Noodles )

These are Korean stir-fried noodles cooked in many Asian countries as a snack and dinner. Japchae is only made from noodles which are made from glass noodles. There are many versions of Japchae which is cooked with different ingredients, with different spices and versions. This dish was on the top list of Korean Royal Court Cuisine.

Korea – Soft Tofu Stew

Soft tofu stew as the name indicates stew having soft tofu as the main ingredient in this dish. This dish is also known by the other name SUNDUBU-JJIGAE. Sundubu is the word for extra soft curdle tofu and Jjigae is the Korean stew category. This is a very delicious stew in Korean cuisine and, it is also known as Spicy tofu stew because Gochujang and chili powder are added to this stew. The origin of soft tofu stew was recorded first time at Joseon Dynasty.

Korean – Hotteok / Korean Sweet Pancakes

Hotteok is a very popular Korean pancake with stuffing inside the cakes. Stuffing can be chocolate, peanuts, cinnamon, nuts, coconut, brown sugar, honey. There is a difference between normal and Korean pancakes. Hotteok is shallowly sauteed in butter to make it crispy from the outside. So this makes a difference in Korean Hotteok / pancakes. This snack dish is first time introduce in 1927. It was the time of the Chinese when settled in Korea.