Hansik

April 14, 2012



I went to Korea last year on October. Pleasant trip and definitely unforgettable. How unforgettable? Let's just say, it's been 5 months since I came home, and yet I still remember every bit of Hongdae station.

'한식' (read: Hansik) is the Korean word for 'Food'; 'Korean Food' to be exact. So just like the title of this post, I would like to write about 3 Korean food that I am craving for at the moment. I've tried 2 out of the 3 meal... well, I've ate instant Jjajangmyeon actually, but I'll just count that one out.

Here Goes the list:

1. Yeolbong Chicken (열봉 찜닭)

photo by: juniwise, edited by: me

If anyone of you is a fan of se7en, then you would know this food. I'm not sure if this food should be in the list. But, it's a Korean restaurant, I ate in Seoul... So, Korean food it is for me!

From all the food my friend and I ate while we were in Korea, Yeolbong Chicken was the most delicious and 'edible' for us. Traveling is fun. But our stomach usually needs time to adjust with local cuisine. For me especially, because a lot of Korean food are spicy, and my stomach don't go along very well with spicy food. 

Yeolbong Chicken is a mix of chicken with white noodle, with sweet soy sauce. But actually you could ask the restaurant if you want it to be spicy. Although it tasted nice, but eating it chopsticks... is well... difficult. (I tweeted Se7en, asking him to provide forks for foreigners!)

2. Ddak Kochi (딹 꼬치)

photo source: here, edited by: me

이거는... 제가 제일 좋아하는 음식이에요! ㅋㅋㅋ 닭 꼬치야~~ 먹고싶어 ㅠㅠ

Again another food I'm not sure whether or not it should be put in the list. Some may not considered this as 'official Korean Food', but hey... I love it too much not to put it on the list. Tried to find the name  in English, but all I got was 'Skewered Chicken'. Anyway, it's marinated chicken, with green peppers, onion and it's dip in that orange sauce (which I couldn't find the name of).

You can find a lot of Ddak Kochi by the side of the road. Once you order, the Ahjumma/Ahjussi will grill it for you. Then when it's done, you can eat it while it's still warm. Okay, just remembering the taste makes me drool.

3. Jjajangmyeon (자장면)

photo source: here, edited by: me

This food derived from the Chinese food: Zha jiang mian. It's wheat noodle mized with diced meat and veggies and then topped with black soybean paste. Jjajang, is the name of the sauce. Myeon, is noodle. Therefore together it's Jjajangmyeon, black soybean paste noodle. Although I ate the 'instant' version already, I felt the need to try the real cooked version of Jjajangmyeon. When I went to Korea last year, it was very hard to find it in restaurants, so I didn't have the chance to taste it. Maybe I should fly again to Korea to get the chance to eat it for real?


So there you have it. My top 3 Hansik! I hope you drool as much as I did. *kidding* Now tell me what's your favorite Hansik? Go ahead leave a comment!


12 comments

  1. hi i'm ami~ i've been to korea before too for business related trip on last may. since i'm a muslim it's quite hard to find korean 'halal' food which means that we muslim can actually eat since koreans love pork. somehow i only manage to try on ddukboki, dak galbi (chicken one) and jjajangmyun. and the safe zone for muslims to eat is only at itaewon. but the trip was worth it anyway. the scenery and the culture were totally daebak! kekekeke. love to hear ur stories on ur korea trip. do share more :)

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    1. Yes, That is quite troublesome for Muslims traveler isn't it? And I know about itaewon area, if im not wrong that's also where the mosque is located, right? *corrrect me if i'm wrong* It's also more diverse there in Itaewon, since many foreigners live in that area.
      Anyway, thank you~~ glad you like my stories! i will share more~~

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    2. yeah the mosque only located there and its really hard to find some decent place to perform the prayer other than the mosque. have u visited some celebrities restaurant there? some restaurant is on hongdae. i cant go in btw because they serve non halal food and alcohols. T.T

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  2. i'm drooling for jjajangmyun right now *saliva drops* !!!! its look so tasty !!!! Only if I can fly to Korea right now, will try all delicious food there !!!! I saw a lot of tasty food from Korea in RunningMan and also few drama !!!! *drooling*

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    1. hahaha... well, in the mean time go run to nearest korean restaurant! :)) maybe that'll help calm you appetite down for a while... :D

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  3. i wish at my hometown have any Korean restaurant. *currently at my hometown* :(

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  4. I always wondered what jjajangmyeon tastes like. noodles x black soybean sauce. I tasted bibimbap before, I love it but I really want to try jjajangmyeon. We have a soybean sauce here in Malaysia called 'kicap', and it is the same thing, isn't it? Imagine eating noodles with so much 'kicap', nahh the taste would be weird. But I really really want to try jjajangmyeon.
    Hope that I will get to land my feet in South Korea one day *cross fingers*

    p/s : when is it the best time to visit Korea ? I heard it's between March and July. idk much. maybe you can help me XD

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    1. I'm not quite sure if it's the same as 'kicap'. here in Indonesia we have 'kecap' but it's different from the Jjajang sauce.
      The best time to visit Korea? I think every season is great. March would be early spring and july would be summer. I personally like mild weather, not too hot and not too cold. that's why I've chosen to travel in October. So it all depends on you actually :D

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  5. hmm... the food looks really really delicious~! especially the yeolbong chicken!!! ^^ if i got a chance to be there, surely i'll try the food you wrote above... n btw, there are other cuisine that i'm interested to try too such as BULGOGI (marinated grilled beef dish usually wrap with lettuce and special sauce. it can also be eaten with rice and other side dishes), BIBIMBAP (mixed rice consists of plain rice topped with minced meat,vegetables, egg, and GoChuJang), DDUKBOKKI (korean rice cake and it is usually spicy), KIMBAP (korean sushi), MANDOO (dumplings), DOENJANG CHIGAE (bean paste stew, usually eat during winter), MIYUK GOOK (seaweed soup which is a must to consume in your birthday), GAERAN JJIM (steamed egg which is an easy dish to prepare as korean prefer to eat egg whether in the morning, noon or at night) and last but not least is KIMCHEE(everyone know what is it right?)~~ have you tried the dishes i list above?? if not, let's go to korea together some other time and try those cuisine~~^^ i'm such a big eater aren't i?? n just talking about food already made me drooling,, so now i'm off to filling my empty stomach~! xD ~xoxo~

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    1. i'm a big eater too. so no worries. and i've tried bulgogi, bibimbap, ddukbokki, gaeran jjim and kimchi... :D :D

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  6. Ok, the word Yeolbong intrigued me to comment here.. Kekeke~ I really want to ask something.. If you don't mind to answer.. Hehehe~ Are the foods in Yeolbong really expensive and comes with big size? Because one of my friend came to Seoul for YG Family Concert 2011, and she went there with her family and another two girls (who are also her friend and another fangirl).. They ordered like 2 foods but they couldn't finish them.. They took picture of the left over, and I must say, it seems like the plate and all are really big.. And she added that even though it tastes great, it's still kinda pricey.. >_< Because, when I'm going to Korea, Yeolbong is definitely on my must-visit-places right after YG Building.. Hehehe~

    PS: The name of the second food is so cute.. And the first time I read it, I thought it was Ddak Kochan.. lol Must be because I haven't sleep for two days.. >.<

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    1. i don't mind.. so here's the answer... you can choose the portion. half or 1. my friend and I ordered half portion of a meal. we finished it (not quite sure if it was because it was small, or we were just too hungry, hahaha). but we went to yeolbong twice. and the second time we went, we ordered 1 portion. but we couldn't finish it. so I suggest to order half portion next time. the amount if sort of more reasonable. (but depending on how many people are eating wth you also) :D not only the portion...also you can choose how spicy you want it. and how thick the noodle. and as for the price... for my friend and I it wasn't that expensive. especially considering it is our favorite dish while we were in Korea, we'd love to pay any price for it. hahahaha

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