Whenever someone asks me how I enjoyed living in South Korea, I will inevitably start talking about the food.
e.g.: “Oh you lived in Korea?! Did you get homesick? What was it like??”
” Nah, Skype’s pretty great and the food was amazing!”
No matter what the question is, food is always the answer. Why?
- The consistent balance of flavour: salty, slightly sweet, and reliably spicy.
- The value: meals are cheap, filling, and come with enough side dishes to leave you questioning how much you actually ordered.
- The diversity: if, like me, you come from a city without a large Korean population, your knowledge of Korean cuisine may be limited. There is so much to it. So much diversity in cooking techniques, regional variation in flavours (not everything is salty/sweet/spicy), and multiple influences on the way food is shared and prepared.
Ok, enough preamble. Here’s Part One of the Korean food series: Korean Meats.