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Konkuk University (KU) is located in the heart of Seoul, which offers not only a variety of Korean food but also cuisines from around the world.

Rich in vegetables and low in fat, Korean food is known for its health benefits. A typical Korean meal consists of a bowl of steamed rice (밥), a soup (국) or stew (찌개), and side dishes (반찬). Some foreigners may find certain Korean food spicy.

Korean Dishes
Popular Korean Dishes

Bibimbap (비빔밥): A bowl of rice topped with vegetables, beef, and an egg, and served with spicy sauce called gochujang
Pajeon (파전): A Korean pancake made with vegetables and seafood
Japchae (잡채): Stir-fry noodles with shredded vegetables, beef, and soy sauce

Soups and Stews

Kimchijjigae (김치찌개): Stew of kimchi, tofu, and pork or tuna
Doenjangjjigae (된장찌개): Stew made with soybean paste, tofu, and vegetables
Seolleongtang (설렁탕): Clear soup with broth made from ox bones
Manduguk (만두국): Dumpling soup
Maeuntang (매운탕): Spicy fish soup


Jajangmyeon (자장면): Noodles with black soybean paste, meat, seafood, and vegetables
Naengmyeon (냉면): Noodles served with cold beef broth or spicy sauce
Kalguksu (칼국수): Noodles with vegetables in seafood- or meat-based broth

Grilled Meat

Samgyeopsal (삼겹살): Non-marinated pork belly
Bulgogi (불고기): Marinated beef (or pork) in soy sauce, garlic, and sugar served with vegetables
Galbi (갈비): Beef (or pork) ribs marinated in soy sauce
Dakgalbi (닭갈비): Diced chicken and vegetables marinated in spicy sauce

Side Dishes

Kimchi (김치): Traditional dish of spicy fermented vegetables
Dotorimuk (도토리묵): Acorn jelly with soy sauce
Myeolchibokkeum (멸치볶음): Stir-fry dried anchovies
Kongnamul (콩나물): Seasoned soybean sprout

Street Food

There are numerous street vendors in Seoul that offer a variety of snacks at relatively low prices.

Ttokbokki (떡볶이): Rice cakes cooked in a spicy sauce
Gimbap (김밥): Rice and vegetables wrapped in seaweed
Twigim (튀김): Fried shrimp, sweet potatoes, squid, stuffed peppers, etc.
Mandu (만두): Dumplings made with meat, kimchi, tofu, vegetables, etc.
Sundae (순대): A Korean sausage stuffed with vermicelli noodles and vegetables
Bingsu (빙수): Shaved ice topped with red beans, fruit, and/or ice-cream
Hotteok (호떡): Pancake filled with cinnamon sugar and nuts

Delivery Food

Many restaurants offer delivery service, usually at no extra charge. You may also download free apps to order delivery. Please note that most restaurants do not have English-speaking staff.

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