Delicious Korean Anjus for your next drinking session
We’ve already featured the alcoholic drink soju and how it is considered as Korea’s national drink. We’ve also emphasized the fact that drinking is a big part of Korean culture and how it plays a major role in Korea’s social scene. The act of drinking itself might already be fulfilling, but a typical Korean drinking session will not be complete if anjus or drinking snacks are not served. Just like the famous banchans or side dishes that are being served during a normal Korean BBQ meal, there are different types of anjus that will make every drinking activity more enjoyable. Here are the three types of anjus that you should watch out for:
1. Nut, Fruit and Finger Foods
Nuts and other forms of salty food are very familiar types of anjus in Korea because of their ability to absorb alcohol and possibly minimize the occurrence of hangover. If Americans have their bowls of popcorns and chips to go with their beers, Koreans have nuts, fresh and dried fruits such lemons, apples, pineapples, persimmon, oranges, crackers, dried squid, dried anchovies, and other salty items.
2. Savory and Fried Foods
One of the most popular types of anjus are the savoury and fried ones because these food items just go well with soju and most Korean alcoholic beverages in general. These savoury food items are usually Korean fried chicken, pa jun, and Korean blood sausage. Koreans also occasionally serve food items that have been deep-fried in vats of oil to cater to some drinking patrons who prefer to have some grease with what they are drinking.
3. Spicy Dishes and Strong Flavors
Koreans love their spicy food so much that this type of anju shouldn’t even surprise you anymore. Typical spicy anjus are stir-fried octopus, squid, kimchi with tofu, rice and fish cakes, and many more. Koreans just love the explosion of flavour that these food items will give them, which becomes even more appetizing when they become mixed with alcohol.
What are your personal favourite anjus? Don’t forget to share them with us. And also, do not hesitate to contact Korean BBQ Online to help you with all of your Korean BBQ needs!