In recent years, Korean culture has taken the world by storm. It seems like no matter which way you turn, what social networking platform you use, you are bound to see the Korean influence everywhere. Whether it’s their entertaining dramas, trendy K-pop music, or Korean skincare tips and tricks, demand for all things Korean is at an all-time high. But when it comes to their delicious food, it’s a shame that it still is somewhat of an unexplored territory. Because if you really think about it, most of us have never really tried anything Korean beyond their delicious Kimchi. So, in our effort to acquaint you with this culinary treasure trove of piquant flavors, here are is a list of some of the best and most popular Korean delicacies that you can sample in Delhi NCR.
Bibimbap is essentially a bowl of mixed ingredients including, but not limited to, rice, namul (seasoned and sautéed vegetables), mushrooms, meat, soy sauce, gochujang (chili pepper paste), and a fried egg. A lot of Korean restaurants in Delhi now carry this popular delicacy on their menu but to sample the best version of this rich preparation you must visit Hahn's Kitchen in Gurgaon, which is known for its delightful selection of authentic Korean fare.
Other must-try recommendations: Kimchi Salad, Dak Hanmari Hotpot, Sweet & Sour Crispy Mushroom Kimbap (Korean Sushi), and Tteokguk (Sliced Rice Cake Soup).
Cost for two: ₹ 1800
Served in a large stone bowl designed to retain heat, Sundubu-jjigae is a common spicy Korean stew generally made of dubu (tofu), vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, beef or pork, and gochujang (chili paste). This popular Korean preparation is a classic example of unexpected flavor combinations yielding delightful sensations. Depending on the chef, different variations with varied blend of ingredients exist, but Gung The Palace in sector 29 of Gurgaon doles out a phenomenal version of this Korean dish.
Other must-try recommendations: Glass Noodles, Bokkeumbap (Kimchi Fried Rice), Nakji Bokkeum (Spicy Stir-fried Octopus), Ginseng Chicken Soup, Bindae-tteok (Mung Bean Pancake), and Soju (Korean Rice Wine).
Cost for two: ₹ 2500
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Unknown to many, Japanese ramen made its way to Korea in the early 1960s and led to the birth of its Korean counterpart known as Ramyeon or ramyun which are much spicier and feature bolder flavors than the soft subtle Japanese ones. Also, Korean ramyeon mostly features a topping of pork, vegetable, or seafood. Now, Naengmyeon is a buckwheat noodle dish served in clod radish soup or broth and consists of long, thin noodles, radish, pear, sices of meat, and boiled eggs. We recommend visiting the Seoul Restaurant, one of the best Korean cuisine serving restaurants in Delhi NCR to sample these Korean classics.
Other must-try recommendations: Budae Jjigae (Pork Luck Stew with cutup hot dogs & baked beans), Teogboki (Spicy Rice Cake), Mak Geolli(Soju and Rice wine), Bibimbap (mixed rice delicacy), and Kimbap (Korean Sushi).
Cost for two: ₹ 1300
Kimchi-Jjigae or Kimchi Stew is a quintessentially Korean soupy dish, made with Kimchi (fermented cabbage and/or medley of various veggies) and other ingredients, such as pork or seafood, scallions, onions, and diced tofu. Slightly an unusual choice to pick, but Northeastern & Chinese Café in Safdarjung, carries an exceptionally lip-smacking version of this perfect-for-winter delicacy that totally deserves a mention on this list.
Other must-try recommendations: Chicken Kimbap, Burnt kimchi Salad, Veg Bibimbap, Pork Thali, Korean Ommu Rice, and Tuna Bibimbap.
Cost for two: ₹ 1300
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A juicy, savory dish of grilled marinated choice of meat, bulgogi is one of the most popular Korean dishes in the world. It is often grilled with garlic and sliced onions to add flavor to the meat. Although this Asian-themed restaurant, Auntie Fung's in Galleria, carries limited Korean options on its menu but its version of Bulgogi preparation featuring shredded chicken/pork stir-fried with grated apple, serrated onions and Korean chili paste on an open flame pan and served with rice is on point and probably one of the best that you'll find in the entire NCR.
Other must-try recommendations: Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Bao, Sauteed Asparagus, Kung Pao Chicken, and Cantonese Pan-Fried Noodles.
Cost for two: ₹ 500
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Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.
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