Korean Food in Seoul

By Viator, March 2015

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Spicy kimchi, succulent grilled meats, piping hot soups and fresh seafood — Korean cuisine is one of the least familiar and most underrated in Asia, and there’s no better place to sample it for yourself than in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

Many a well-traveled foodie will tell you that the best way to understand the cuisine of a city (or country) is to visit one of its markets, and in Seoul, that means a visit to the busy Noryangjin Fish Market. This massive wholesale and commercial fish market seems a bit like an aquarium when you consider the range of marine critters swimming around in buckets, awaiting sale. Anything you purchase from the vendors can be cooked up at one of the market’s restaurants for a quick and delicious lunch. Adventurous eaters should sample the market specialty, sannakji — a live octopus tossed in sesame oil and a light seasoning.

Chances are, you’ll eat in at least one Korean restaurant during your time in Seoul, but to fully appreciate the range of Korean dishes, you should hit the streets and alleys to try some street foods, like dokboki, chewy rice cakes stewed in a fiery hot sauce. On a Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour, you’ll get to do both; start by sampling some snacks from local food stalls before sitting down for kimchi and Korean BBQ at a local restaurant.

You might discover just how much you like Korean food, and if so, you can learn how to prepare it in your own kitchen with an Experience Seoul beginner or intermediate cooking class, where you’ll learn to prepare dishes like bulgogi (marinated beef), kimchi, haemul pajeon (savory seafood pancakes) or bibimbap (rice with pork and mixed vegetables).

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Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Experience the fascinating culture of South Korea in one of the most authentic ways possible – through its local cuisine! On this 4-hour food tour, learn all ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.99

Experience Seoul: Korean Beginner or Intermediate Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Discover the secrets to creating Korea’s most popular dishes during this small-group cooking class in Seoul. Your culinary adventure with a professional chef ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 2 or 3 hours

From USD $64.99

Korean Food Walking Tour with BBQ Lunch

Discover Seoul's culinary scene on an afternoon walking tour followed by lunch. Stop at seven venues for food tastings before sitting down for a typical Korean ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.00

Eat Like a Local: Evening Tour of Han River and Korean Fried Chicken

If you thought fried chicken and cold beer were mostly American picnic staples, think again. During this 3.5-hour evening experience, settle in at a scenic ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 3.5 hrs (approx.)

From USD $99.00

Noryangjin Fish Market Tour including Seafood Lunch

Calling all foodies! Experience Seoul like a local on this 3-hour guided tour of the Noryangjin Fish Market. With your guide, an English-speaking local and ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.99

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