Perfect Korean Foods to Spice Up Your Game

Elly Zulaikha
October 23, 2020
6 minutes

Tried the KPOP diet? Now, it’s time for you to treat yourself with these delicious food recipes made by KPOP idols’ themselves~ Find out which dish you’d like to try and stay tuned for a bonus in the second half of this article! Hint: there will be TONS of food.

GOT7’s “Mark Meal”

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This genius invention made by GOT7’s Mark went viral in Korea and it’s safe to say YOU can make this because it’s quick, affordable, and t-a-s-t-y. The main ingredients is a ramyun cup (any ramen brands will do), spicy rice cakes (tteokbokki), sausage and cheese. That’s it! We’re already feeling hungry just from writing this~

Check out his recipe here

NCT’s Chenle - Special ramyun (ramen)

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You can easily upgrade your ramen game with two additional ingredients that you already have at home. You only need tomatoes, eggs, chili sauce/oil/paste and your choice of ramen. For those who like it spicy, you can always add as much spice as you want! But you can still keep it mild depending on your taste buds~ Overall, if you’re looking for fancy restaurant-grade ramen, then this recipe is for you! 

Check out this recipe here

EXO’s Chanyeol - Kimchi tomato pasta

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If you grew up in an Asian household, you're probably used to eyeball ingredients; and EXO’s Chanyeol did the same with his kimchi tomato pasta. This unexpected combination between kimchi and pasta might be weird for many, but hey, try this recipe first and you might actually change your mind!

Check out his recipe here

iKON Yunyheong - Egg Soufflé (#SongChelinGuide)

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Although egg soufflé is a famous, common egg recipe, there’s just something about iKON’s Yunyhyeong simple egg soufflé version that is worth trying especially for those who have never attempted this before. Watch out though, don’t break your arm!

The Boyz’s Q - Chic City Guy’s Noodles

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Since a majority of Korean ramen falls on the spicier side, it seems necessary that we include this recipe from The Boyz’s Q, refreshing and spice-free ramen, for people who can’t eat spicy foods. The use of fresh vegetables like cabbage and cherry tomatoes or even some crab meat, is a perfect combo for those who want to take their ramen game to the next level.

Lee Hyori - “Bad Girl Pizza”

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Warning: This recipe is about to get dangerously sweet. If you have a sweet tooth or need a snack in between your meals, try this Bad Girl Pizza made by Lee Hyori! Chances are, you’d be delighted, because this involves crunchy peanut butter, fresh bananas, warm tortilla, and melted CHOCOLATE. On top of that, this sweet pizza can be easily customizable as you can add your own toppings, so that there’s enough room to satisfy your cravings and imagination!

Finally, here’s some other Korean food you should next time when you’re visiting South Korea:

Korean Fried Chicken (Yangnyeom Chicken)

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Yangnyeom chicken is a crispy and tender Korean fried chicken that is usually fried twice to get its signature crispy skin. The chickens is then smothered with some sweet and spicy sauce and mamma-mia! Who wouldn’t want to miss indulging in korean fried chicken (KFC)?!!

Check out this recipe here

Army stew (Budae Jjigae)

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The Army Stew (Budae Jjigae) is indeed one of the most popular dishes in Korea. It’s super affordable and you can also make this at home! On top of that, this delicious stew is incredibly easy to prepare because it mostly involves cutting/slicing the ingredients. Since this stew is highly customizable, you can both enjoy this stew by yourself or with your friends and family members. 

Fun fact: The Budae Jjigae is a mix between Korean stew and the incorporation of American processed food like Spam, sausages, canned baked beans and sliced cheese. What happened was, after the Korean war ended, food supply was scarce and Koreans found a way to incorporate surplus processed foods from the US military base into a stew. The general term for the military base is Budae and Jjigae means soup/stew, which is how this dish got its name!. 

Check out this recipe here

Black bean noodles (Jjajangmyeon)

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If you haven’t heard of jjajangmyeon, it is the Korean version of Chinese Zha Jiang Mian (noodles with meat sauce). This popular noodle dish is widely available in Seoul and there’s even an unofficial holiday called “Black Day” (14th April), for single people to gather and eat black bean noodles. The signature black sauce is made from a raw, dark soybean paste roasted from soybeans and dark caramel. As for the protein, you can use any type of meat like beef, chicken or lamb, but Koreans usually use pork.

Head to this website if you want to learn this recipe.

Cold spicy noodles (Bibim Naengmyeon)

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Koreans also love to eat cold noodles. These cold noodles have two versions: a spicy one and a non-spicy one. Bibim Naengmyeon is usually served with a spicy chilled sauce called bibim sauce, paired with sweet, tangy, and crunchy radish pickles and a sweet and juicy Asian pear. On the other hand, Mul Naengmyeon is its non-spicy counterpart, and is usually made with chilled broth from beef or Korean radish water kimchi. 

Be careful though, the noodles are usually extra long and can be hazardous (choke hazard) if you don’t chew properly. 

Here’s the recipe in case you’re curious

Spicy shredded beef stew (Yukgaejang)

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Yukgaejang or spicy shredded beef stew is a hearty, spicy beef soup that is both a staple dish and comfort food in Korea. If you love beef, tons of scallions and other types of vegetables like gosari (fernbrake fiddleheads), bean sprouts and mushrooms, this soup is great enough on its own and will leave you wanting more.

You can find the recipe here

Fried seafood pancake (Haemul Pajeon)

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Pajeon means a green onion pancake and seafood means Haemul. So for all you seafood lovers, you can definitely try out this savory pancake and basically throwing in any kinds of seafood you like. Hint: the more, the merrier! But you don’t necessarily have to include seafood in it, if you are a vegetarian. You can enjoy the pancake as it is!

You can find the recipe here

Shaved Ice with Sweet Red Beans (Patbingsu)

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This Korean version of Malaysia’s Ice Kacang is something you don’t want to miss as one final dessert! Patbingsu is a classic, summer dessert that consists of red beans (as the main topping) and tteok (rice cake), but you can always load the shaved ice with other toppings of your choice. Also, because this is a sweet dessert, nothing would be sweeter than a drizzle of condensed milk to top it all off!  

Check out this recipe here

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