In regard to cuisine, South Korea is known to have a strong regional and traditional connect. Typically bold in taste, Korean food is found to be centered16 around rice and soup accompanied by a meat or fish, with diverse sides available. Traditional Korean meals are distinguished for the number of side dishes (banchan) that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice.

Fermentation is one of the key processes that are employed in preparing Korean food. The Korean foods that best represent the tradition of fermentation developed in Korea include doenjang (soybean paste), ganjang (soy sauce), Gochu-jang (chili paste) and jeotgal (salted seafood), whose fermentation can take anywhere from several months to several years.

When on a Korean voyage, no trip would be considered complete without indulging into the sumptuous delight of Korean food.

Bibimbap (Mixed rice pot)

Bingsu is a popular Korean shaved ice dessert found almost everywhere in Korea during the summer months. This snack is composed of ice shavings and various sweet toppings that may include chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup, and red beans.

Bibimbap
(Mixed rice pot)

Kimchi (Korean Pickle)

Kimchi is the quintessential side dish in Korea. It is a dish made by marinating Korean cabbage and Korean radish.

Kimchi
(Korean Pickle)

Bingsu (Shaved ice dessert)

Bingsu is a popular Korean shaved ice dessert found almost everywhere in Korea during the summer months.

Bingsu
(Shaved ice dessert)

Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)

Samgyetang or ginseng chicken soup consists primarily of a whole young chicken.

Samgyetang
(Ginseng Chicken Soup)

Jjimdak (Korean Braised chicken)

Jjimdak is a popular steamed dish made of chicken and various vegetables marinated in a Korean soy sauce.

Jjimdak
(Korean Braised chicken)

Soju & Makgeolli (Traditional Korean liquor)

Soju is the world-famous traditional Korean alcohol, which is worth trying when in Korea. Known as the Korean vodka, soju comes in a little green bottle and is the bitter drink that Koreans often bond to. Makgeolli is another traditional Korean fermented (alcoholic) drink make from rice. It's milky-white, fizzy and refreshing. Don’t forget to relish its amazing flavour.

Soju & Makgeolli
(Traditional Korean liquor)

South Korean cuisines are gaining popularity all over the world for its distinct aroma and nutrition benefits. Rice is the staple food and the cuisine is characterized by a wide variety of meat and fish dishes along with herbs and vegetables. Apart from the dishes mentioned above, there is an abundance of options for your guests to taste South Korean delicacies.

INDIAN RESTAURANTS

South Korea has a lot of options for Indian Food due to the heavy influx of Indian travellers. Indian food is popular with local South Korean people and guests can easily find Indian restaurants in abundance. Currently, there are more than 100 Indian restaurants in South Korea. Some of the Indian Restaurants are:

Ganga – Gangnam, Seoul

As the name suggests, Ganga is an authentic Indian restaurant.

Taj- Taste of India- Myongdong, Seoul

The Taj offers unique dining experience. The restaurant presents constantly evolving menus and a carefully matched wine list all designed to reflect an ethos of innovation and relativity Aromatic spices are the essence of the TAJ's cuisine, making it different from others in the same.

Punjab, Busan

Located near haeundae beach, this restaurant offers delicious Indian food. The cozy and warm ambience and friendly staff make the dining experience an wonderful affair.

Bagdad Café, Jeju Island

Bagdad is an Indian restaurant located near Jeju City Hall. Its chef, who is from India, offers high-quality traditional Indian dishes that draw tourists and locals from all across the world.

Moghul Restaurant, Itaewon, Seoul

It is Korea’s first Pakistani restaurant with a range of délectable Mughlai cuisine.

Raj Mahal, Jeju Island

Rajmahal is an Indian restaurant located in Jeju Island. Popular dishes on the menu include curry, nan, and tandoori chicken. The elegant and comfortable exotic feel of the restaurant is another draw for diners coming to get their share of delicious Indian cuisine.

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