The most interesting in South Korea, I thought the local cuisine. Korean food is unlike any other food in the world. This topic is poorly represented in Runet, so I will try to make its modest contribution to its coverage. So, first of all, Korean food is the variety of seafood:
Unique style of presenting food on the table. You order a “main dish”, for example, pork. And in addition you bring to 36 (in my experience) with small plates of snacks. These snacks you don’t pay. Edible but not all. -) Most of the starters are grass, different pickled or fried in spices. Herbs are not readily recognisable. Here’s how it looks in a fancy restaurant:
But because of the restaurant cheaper. Then got shot and fish. Fish is also a kind of Korean pickled and dried, as a result, some species are so strange taste that they have in the form of food does not work. But so many new sensations in the taste buds. -) Favorite Korean fish dish – those little dried fish, very salty and with big bulging eyes. They can be eaten as seeds, but many also do not eat. Fish is also in a tomato sauce, but let her look is not deceiving you – the taste is not the same that the Soviet gobies in tomato sauce. It is sharper and not at all sweet. Photo of tomato on the fish is placed on each side of whole fish:
But the Korean variant of the salad. Vegetables, seasoned sauce, in the middle of raw white fish pieces. Very tasty and healthy:
And here is visible not only marinated in spices grass, but also Korean “bread” – fresh leaves. In these leaves, reminiscent of lime, it is necessary to impose a sticks snack, dipping them in spicy sauces, you can also put thin strips of roasted meat. Then wrap the envelope in his mouth.
On the next picture, finally, shows something similar to what we sold as “Korean food”. It’s the bean sprouts and the “Korean cabbage” kimchi. Only, surprisingly, the taste of “Korean cabbage” is not the same as in the Russian supermarket. Other spices, the other manner of slicing. And “Korean carrots” in the familiar long and thin form in Korea, I is not never seen. Apparently, it’s some kind of national cuisine of Russian Koreans.
Oh, and the soup. Without soup in Korea – anywhere. This is often cold watery soup with delicate noodles and egg. This soup is very refreshing and gives your mouth a break from the spiciness of the spices. Immediately to the left is a Korean favorite vegetable. Radish. She cut thin plastics and marinated in a sweet and sour sauce. A lovely radish. I had her favorite snack!
And sometimes dessert. Most often it is sweets rice. They are not too sweet, often with the addition of some herbs and nuts. Overall, with thoughtful eating, Korean sweets, you can also find happy moments.
Just don’t buy sweets at the street markets of strangers! And then buy green stuff, as pictured below. It was not sweet and grassy with a nasty taste. Rice + grass. Either asparagus, or spinach. Thrown out, of course.
But in the markets is “obzhorny series”, where if you sort of baked pancakes-omelets with vegetables and herbs inside. These pancakes are fried in front of you in hot oil and eaten immediately at plastic tables, serve with a weak Korean vodka:
There is fast food. These donuts in downtown Seoul is built in the evenings! They sprinkle dark sweet topping, and inside they have something like pureed peanut butter. Very tasty and inexpensive amid cost Korean total:
On the street also made fresh juices. The fruit selection is not as wide as in Bangkok, but kiwi, banana and orange present:
Pour the juice in cute cups convex, and the tube is definitely in color. -) By the way, notice the wooden box for wipes. In Korea I loved the idea to have a box at home and have a bunch of shops in search of her. As a result, almost lost all hope, I bought the same box on the market, among the buckets and pots. Standing here now at the computer, admiring.
Well, a couple of words about Korean shops. Fruits in Korea are superhuman money. This is a luxury item. I already wrote that one major Mandarin costs $ 2. Box of tangerines in bright, colorful packaging, apparently, a good gift that is not ashamed to bring in guests. Watermelons are Packed in polyethylene, each placed on a separate stand, and they are also very heavy:
Favorite Korean food, as mentioned, greens. For her, there are special refrigerators, and laid it lovingly, leaf to leaf, on grades.
Portions of the leaves for wrapping food “one bite”:
And finally, “Queen of the fields” – radish-giant. It reaches a length of 20 cm With an average melon. I bought, of course, a pack of seeds from a street vendor. Second year planted in the garden in the Kaluga region. Grows until more than 10 cm in length, but the very interesting experiment!
In General, welcome to South Korea. For gastronomic experiences.