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Korean Food in Seoul

Korean Food in Seoul

South Korea might just have the most underrated cuisine in Asia, and there's no better place to experience it than Seoul. The food here can be characterized by its variety (each meal is served with several side dishes, called banchan ) and its bold use of spice. Here are a few foods and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes

As Korean food gains popularity around the world, a few iconic items are becoming more familiar to travelers, namely Korean barbecue and a side of fermented, seasoned vegetables known as kimchi, which is served with nearly every meal. Barbecuebeef, pork belly, short ribs and other meatsare marinated and grilled over hot coals, often right at restaurant tables, to the delight of diners.To eat like a Korean, you can wrap a morsel of meat in a lettuce leaf with raw garlic, spicy pepper and a dollop of fermented bean paste—theneat it in a single bite.

In addition, riceplays an important role in the Korean kitchen, often eaten in the form of bibimbap —a hot stone bowl of rice, vegetables, minced meat and a fried egg—or kimbap, a dish similar in appearance to sushi but without the raw fish. And popular on rainy days, Korean-style savory pancakes are studded with seafood and green onions and often served with makgeolli, a local rice wine. Of course, soju, Korea's famous spirit, is at home on just about any table.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Tour one of Seoul's many markets, especially the lively Noryangjin Fish Market, to put your finger on the pulse of the city’s vibrant food scene.
  • Embark on a food walking tour, day or night, for an introduction to shops, street stalls and restaurants serving Korean barbecue, savory pancakes and the city’s favorite drinking food, spicy fried chicken.
  • Take a cooking class in Seoul, whether it's a simple kimchi-making course or an intermediate-level class where you’ll prepare five Korean classics.
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Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

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Learn about Korea’s culinary culture on this tasting tour of Seoul. Stroll through the streets with an expert in local cuisine, stopping at local food stalls and eateries plus a food market or village. Sample a variety of foods like Korean barbecue, savory pancakes, and spicy rice cake stew. Wash it all down with alcoholic beverages such as Korean rice wine and soju (distilled liquor). Your guided small-group walking tour covers plenty of ground in the bustling district of Jongno-gu, with numbers limited to 12 people.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Sample Alcohol Tasting at Brew Master's Workshop & Dinner with Magkeolli

Sample Alcohol Tasting at Brew Master's Workshop & Dinner with Magkeolli

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Satisfy your thirst for traditional Korean alcohols, during this guided tour and tasting. Meet an artisan brewmaster and distiller, who teaches you about the time-honored traditional process of making Soju, Yakju, and Makgeolli from rice. Eat a homemade Korean meal accompanied by Makgeolli. This small-group tour, maximum of 12 people, ensures an intimate atmosphere and the opportunity to ask questions.
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  • 3 hours
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Korean Food Walking Tour with BBQ Lunch

Korean Food Walking Tour with BBQ Lunch

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Discover Seoul's vibrant culinary scene on a guided small-group walking tour around South Korea’s capital city streets. Stop by seven local shops, restaurants, and street-food stalls for food tastings, including fried pork dumplings and fried fish cakes. Learn about the history and food culture of Korea and enjoy a traditional Korean barbecue lunch.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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