Korean cuisine has come a long way in recent years (kimchi is now referenced on my favorite cooking…
Korean cuisine has come a long way in recent years (kimchi is now referenced on my favorite cooking show Top Chef
now) but still has not gained recognition like its Asian counterparts (Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, etc.) In my opinion, this mostly stems from its simple, rustic presentations, while incorporating ingredients fairly unknown to the outside world (except for maybe garlic). Sadly to say, there is no way around this except to introduce the food in new, modern ways. Despite its humble beginnings, Korean cuisine has evolved throughout centuries and has mainly been influenced by three factors: its geography (mountains everywhere believe me), its climate (four distinct seasons), and outside influences (invasions and colonization from bordering neighbors). These are some reasons why most Korean dishes tend to serve a singular purpose–provide a hearty, stimulating meal with a lot of character and flavors. If you have tried Korean food, then you will know what I am talking about.
This compilation of dishes and drinks covers most of the basic Korean foods out there today (and some I still haven’t even eaten myself). Obviously this is not a comprehensive listing of Korean cuisine, but having lived in Seoul for quite some time and growing up with a mom who knows how to cook (the old school way), I can say that it’s pretty close. I hope this index will help you find particular dishes and introduce you to new dishes of related ingredients. Recipes will be continuously updated and added via links when scrolling over specific dishes.