Seoul, the city light, a unique tradition under modernization. How do these people even maintain their legacy and identity? For those who like to travel, Seoul is a must-visit place, or you’ll be missing half your life and the best foods ever served!
Seoul, the heart of South Korea, is your food paradise. Your itinerary must include indulging in those local-must-try-mouth-watering-street-foods and take advantage of their wallet-friendly flavourful local prices. Though most of their food has that kicking spicy signature, there are a few exceptions to meet your preference for tasty treats.
What’s so special about Seoul is that everything is fun-to-eat and goes with your tolerance level when it comes to spice. If you haven’t been to Seoul but feels like your heart belongs here, you should try these foods to feel Seoul truly!
Why Is Seoul a Must-Visit Place?
Words are not enough; you should agree with us about that. Once you visit Seoul, you’ll understand what it feels like going back home. Seoul—the roller coaster wave of endless possibilities and dynamic creativity, from architecture, food, fashion, and more, it’s the city of haven creating a unique trademark that the world has been asking for more. From skyscrapers to temples to the famous South Korean cuisine, everyone is smitten and keeps coming back for more.
Let’s give you a quick overview of why you need to visit Seoul!
- Seoul is a beauty beyond words—the culture, the people, and history.
- Seoul is not boring. It offers something suitable for everyone for all seasons.
- South Korea is your next one-stop-fashion-shop. If your middle name is shopping, then you’re in.
- Think of any food you have in mind or craving for, it’s here!
- The nightlife is spectacular!
- Hiking? You’ll be impressed by how versatile Seoul is.
- Total convenience for everyone. You’ll never be lost for translation—buses, subway information, cheap taxis all offer multiple languages to welcome you aboard.
- They have the fastest internet connection, and coffee shops will welcome you with open arms.
- Hangul is conveniently easy to learn if you put your heart to it.
- Your safety is a top priority! You’ll be surprised how safe it is.
Tips On How To Make The Most Of Seoul
Seoul is a tourist-friendly and one of the safest countries to visit. Whether it’s your initial vacation or a returning soul, you’ll be amazed at how this city embraces you like a resident.
First, when you arrive at Incheon airport, get a T-money card. That’s the local transport card you can use on almost any public transport available in the city. The tap-in/tap-out system makes your transportation super easy instead of buying tickets for buses, trains, and the subway. Plus, you can reload the card if you run out of credits!
Seoul’s public transportation is top-rated and highly efficient. It’s incredibly fast, and in case you wait, it just takes a max of 10 minutes on buses and less than 5 minutes on trains and subway.
Using taxis in Seoul is safe, and it’s highly recommended to get yourself a local prepaid SIM to keep you connected throughout your journey. You can easily avail of this at convenience stores or the airport.
If you’re still learning Hangul, then better get Google to translate or pre-download a Korean language package for total convenience. However, you’ll find a lot of help as Seoul offers multiple language translation services to rock your stay.
Keep these tips in mind, and let’s indulge with Seoul’s mouthwatering foods.
The large pods of lotus allow you to savor the beauty of nature with its arc-shaped bridge and several pavilions and playgrounds.
What Food Should You Try While In Seoul
Korean cuisine is available worldwide, from it’s street snacks to popular Korean barbeque. When you travel to Seoul, here are the must-try foods every tourist must try while in Seoul.
- Bibimbap 비빔밥 (Korean Mixed Rice)
Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish that offers healthy, colorful, and fun encounters highly adaptable to several dietary preferences. It is rice, topped with various veggies, beef (optional), and topped with a fried egg.
You need to mixed the whole bowl with gochujang 고추장( Korean chili paste), tossed altogether, and enjoy the flavorful, savory experience that’s light filling and healthy.
- Ddeokbokki 떡볶이 (Korean Spicy Rice Cakes)
This popular street snack (you may see this in one of your favorite Korean series) is made of fish cake, soft rice cakes, and sweet chili sauce. It’s traditionally found in most snack stalls, restaurants, and eateries. The taste is almost similar to rice cakes. Ddeokbokki’s rice cakes are deliciously chewy while the broth is spicy.
- Gogigui 고기구이 (Korean BBQ)
When it comes to samgyupsal extension, gogigui is a full-fledged BBQ where the meat is traditionally wrapped and eaten with a wrap like a perilla or lettuce leaves, ssamjang paste, raw onion or garlic, and marinated bean sprouts.
- Samgyupsal 삼겹살 (Grilled Pork Belly BBQ)
The popular samgyupsal, or samgy as most of us call it, is seasoned or unseasoned thick slices of pork belly meat grilled over a metal grill or hot plate. It’s different seasons add a unique taste to this Korean dish. There are various types of seasoned pork available for your samgyupsal experience.
- Patbingsu 팥빙수 (Red Bean Shaved Ice)
Shaved Korean ice dessert with sweet toppings like condensed milk, chopped fruit, bed bean paste, and fruit syrup is typically available in every cafe, bubble tea shops, and fast food stalls.
- Budae Jjigae 부대찌개 (Korean Army Stew)
The dish that was rapidly well-known after the Korean war when people had minimal food to eat while protein was insufficient. People then created this dish out of leftover spams and sausages out of army camp rations. They cooked it with chili paste broth soup, and the appellation for the ‘army stew’ was derived.
The soup alone is tasty with thick broth, and the cheese flavor is an excellent amalgamation of Western and Korean influences. Typical ingredients are spam, ramyeon, rice cakes, sausages, veggies, and sliced cheese.
- Chi-maek 치맥 (Fried Chicken and Beer)
There’s no wonder we’ve loved Korean food and dramas and how they’ve captured our hearts. After securing their stories in our hearts, they start to conquer our lifestyle. Thus the food we want to eat. Seoul loves chicken, who wouldn’t?
To get the most of this food, better to have a half portion and savor the moment. The chicken is seasoned with tomato, drizzled garlic, and some secret recipes that make it stand out among the rest of other fried chicken across the south.
- Pajeon 파전 (Korean Savory Pancake)
Korean pancakes are known for its chewy and dense yet crispy texture compared to traditional western pancakes. Pajeon comes in two types: seafood and green onion. It is traditionally served into a pre-sliced little square. You can dip in a light soya sauce and Kimchi on the side.
- Hotteok 호떡 (Korean Pancake with Brown Sugar filling)
For people looking for a sweet treat, this Korean street food is a pancake filled with cinnamon and sugar, sometimes comes with nuts, which is fried, providing a crispy exterior gooey-soft inside, and sometimes with savory flavor filling.
Aside from this top-must-try food, never miss these South Korean foods:
- Spicy Ramyun 매운라면 (with Kimchi)
- Kimbap 김밥 (Korean Stuffed Rice Roll)
- Injeolmi Toast 인절미토스트 (Rice Cake Sandwich Toast)
- Tteokbokki 떡볶이 (Spicy Rice Cake)
- Bulgogi 불고기 (Grilled and Marinated Beef)
- Twigim 한국 튀김 (Korean Tempura)
- Korean Fried Chicken 한국 프라이드 치킨
- Gyeran Bbang 한국 계란 빵 (Korean Egg Bread)
- Japchae 암송 (Healthy Stir-Fried Glass or Sweet Potato Noodles)
- Dakkochi 인기 지역 (Grilled Chicken Skewers)
- Juk 죽 (Korean Traditional Porridge)
- Soft-serve Ice Cream
- Jjimdak 찜닭 (Braised chicken)
- Samgyetang 삼계탕 (Ginseng Chicken Soup)
- Dakgalbi 닭갈비 (Pan Fried Chicken)
- Sannakji 산낙지 (Live Baby Octopus)
- Dak Galbi 울리는 갈비 (Mixed Rice Cakes, Chicken, And Veggies Stir-fried in Gochujang)
- Kalguksu 칼국수 (Korean Knife-Cut Noodle Soup)
Did we miss something you particularly like about Korean cuisines? Feel free to let us know, so we’ll include them in our next food trip adventure. Savor the moment and have fun!