5 Drool-worthy Korean Fish Dishes

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5 Drool-worthy Korean Fish Dishes

The bodies of water that surround the Korean peninsula is teeming with marine life that fish and other seafood are already a typical part of a lot of Korean dishes. One of the most important things that you’ll notice in a lot of Korean fish dishes is how fresh the seafood ingredients are and also how well they are cooked. Koreans employ a variety of cooking techniques when preparing their fish meals: fried, braised, steamed, stewed, you name it. Some Koreans even like eating their fish raw. Regardless, they all still taste fresh and delicious. For fish lovers out there, here’s a list of drool-worthy Korean fish dishes that you should not miss out:

1. Mixed Rice with Sashimi (Hwe Dub Bap)

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If you are a fan of eating rice topped with raw fish and spices, then hwe dub bap is going to be one of your favorite Korean fish dishes. This fish dish is also very healthy considering that it has the perfect balance of seafood and seasoned vegetables. You can of course experiment with the ingredients, particularly with the sauces where you can choose whether you want it to be completely spicy or a combination of sweet and spicy. Snapper and tuna are usually the most common types of fish being used for this dish.

2. Pan-Fried Fish (Saeng Sun Jun)

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This is one of the easier fish dishes to make considering that the fish fillets that you’ll be needing will just have to be covered in a coating made out of flour and egg. This is the one of the tastiest dishes that you can prepare particularly for kids. Don’t forget to prepare soy sauce or even a spicy dip on the side depending on your preference.

3. Steamed Skate Fish (Hong Uh Jim)

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Skate fish is one of the freshest kinds of seafood that you will ever taste, and it’s great that steamed skate fish is one of the popular Korean fish dishes out there. The way the skate fish is steamed retains its freshness, thereby making the fish meat more tender and perfect for all kinds of sauces – sweet, mild, or spicy.

4. Halibut Teriyaki

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Another Korean fish dish favorite is the halibut teriyaki, a fuss-free, easy-to-prepare dish that has been introduced by the Japanese to Koreans when Korea was under Japanese rule. The perfect blend of sweet and spicy sauces makes even meat lovers to like a thick chunk of halibut prepared teriyaki-style. You can also choose your own seasoned vegetables and even banchans (tofu or radish) on the side.

5. Broiled Mackerel (Godenguh Gui)

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Koreans are fond of broiling their fish in whole or in half because it makes everything crispy. The head, spine, and tail of the mackerel are removed so that its skin will be the only one to remain in place. This dish is best eaten on its own or as a topping on plain rice. The mackerel is generally a very tender fish so expect it to go well with any sweet-spicy dipping sauce.

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Cold Korean Food for the Summer

Cold Korean Food for the Summer

Koreans surely do love their spices, but that does not mean that they do not have a wide array of cold dishes that will make the hearts of non-spicy food lovers leap. There is actually a lot of cold Korean comfort food items that one can enjoy during the sweltering summer days. Here are a few of them:

  1. Mixed Rice with Sashimi (Hwe Dub Bap)

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Hwe Dub Bap tastefully combines rice, fresh seafood and spices in one savoury bowl. This dish is best eaten with a sweet-spicy sauce, although you can of course experiment with your own sauce depending on the level of spiciness that you prefer. We personally recommend using salmon and tuna for this dish because these two complement well with a sweet-spicy sauce.

  1. White Kimchi Cold Noodle Soup (Dongchimi Gooksu)

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This refreshing cold noodle soup has a tartly and refreshing taste that is just perfect to excite your taste buds and replenish you on a hot day. There are ready-made dongchimis that you can buy in almost all Asian stores, although there are those who prefer to make the noodles from scratch, which will take approximately 3 days.

  1. Fresh Spring Rolls with Spicy Korean Dipping Sauce

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This Korean version of fresh spring rolls is made out of perilla leaves and Korean pepper paste. The great thing about this dish is that you can stuff your perilla leaves with seafood like shrimp and other vegetables of your choice. We personally love this cold dish not only because it is so nutritiously balanced but it is also a delightful crunchy dish to devour. Don’t forget to pair these spring rolls with a peanut dipping sauce.

  1. Cold Cucumber Soup (Oi Naengguk)

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This refreshing soup, which is sometimes referred to as oi naengchae, is one of the best Korean cold dishes to consume to invigorate your body during the summer months. This is perfectly paired with almost any warm rice meal because of the crispy taste of the cucumbers and cool taste of the soup.

  1. Cold Buckwheat Noodles (Mul Naengmyun)

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Naeng myun is a cold buckwheat noodle dish that combines the decadent flavours of meat, vegetables, egg and a tangy broth. This dish is often consumed by those who live high up in the mountains so that they can better cope with the body effects of living on high altitudes. But now, this cold noodle dish that used to be eaten during the winter months is now a great dish to cap off one’s summer days due to its very refreshing taste.

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