5 Korean customs to know before you visit Korea

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5 Korean customs to know before you visit Korea

So you already have your flights booked and just beyond excited to finally see Korea in person. You are perhaps planning to stay longer than usual to experience more of what Korea has to genuinely offer. That said, how familiar are you with some of the Korean customs? If you need some catching up to do on the way of life in Korea, then here’s a brief article to help you out just before you embark on your Korean adventure:

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1. Kimchi is everywhere

Kimchi is such an integral part of Korean identity that you will see it in almost every meal. It’s nutritious and balanced, but its taste can be too pungent and spicy for some. How about you try some kimchi before flying to Korea so you can see for yourself if it is for you or not? It will definitely take some time to get used to the taste for some people at least.

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2. Shoes off

Koreans are very particular about cleanliness so as expected in almost all Asian homes, you need to take off your shoes before entering. You don’t really want to bring in some dust, soil and other outside dirt that accumulated under your shoes into the house of your host, do you? Taking off one’s shoes is also a sign of respect to the owner of the household.

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3. Soju

Just like kimchi, soju is such a big part of Korean lifestyle and is also a globally known drink. Feel free to socialize with the locals and sing your hearts out in a karaoke bar while enjoying bottles of this beloved Korean alcohol. Also, do not forget to hold your glass with both hands when someone is pouring soju for you as a sign of respect.

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4. Rice

Rice is present on almost all Asian dining tables, including those of Koreans. Those who are not used to eating rice a lot will definitely find other alternatives, but consider this as a fair warning that rice will almost always served to you once you are in Korea.

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5. No excuse me?

Korea is a very large country and its major cities can be very crowded and fast-paced. It can be very surprising at first to see people just pushing their way into trains and buses without even saying “excuse me” for example, but that’s just one of those things that you need to accept about Korea so you can thrive.

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5 Korean rice dishes that you’ll surely love

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5 Korean rice dishes that you’ll surely love

It should not come as a surprise anymore that Korea, being an Asian country, is fond of rice. Rice is almost a part of every Korean meal given its versatility to blend well with various meats and vegetables. The wide range of Korean cuisine features a long list of rice dishes that will most likely be a part of your diet soon. Here are our top 5 Korean rice dishes that you will not be able to forget:

1. Bibimbap

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You can never call yourself a Korean foodie unless you have tried bibimbap, which is often considered as Korea’s national rice dish. Bibimbap is a bowl of rice topped with egg and various vegetables. If you are planning to make your own bowl of bibimbap at home, then the vegetables that you put on top is completely up to you. However, you will usually see bean sprouts, carrots, spinach, chestnuts, gosari, and bell pepper, among others, in a typical bowl of bibimbap. Chili paste is also served on the side if you want to give the taste of your bibimbap more kick. If ever you will eat in a restaurant, then you will sometimes see a bowl of bibimbap with all the vegetables already mixed in or the vegetables served separately.

 

2. Omeuraiseu

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Another Korean rice dish that is very common and easy to make is Omeuraiseu! The Korean word is abbreviated from the English words Omelette and Rice and is the korean intepretation of the humble English omelette. A paper thin egg layer rests upon a mountain of delicious fried rice. Often topped off with a splashing of tomato sauce, this is a nostalgic comfort food for most Koreans, and one very delicious meal!

 

3. Dolsot Bibimbap

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Dolsot Bibimbap is almost similar to your regular bibimbap because it also features mixed vegetables on top of rice. The difference between the two is that Dolsot is served on a hot crock whereas a regular bibimbap is served on a cool bowl. Dolsot also has more ingredients that a typical bibimbap. Given the variety of ingredients featured in this rice dish, it is then important for the rice and the ingredients to be mixed well. Do not forget to pour some hot water on the crock to remove the rice that got stuck on the sides so you can still eat them.

 

4. Gimbap (Korean sushi)

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Gimbap (or Kimbap) is a seaweed-wrapped rice roll that is widely available and distributed in Korea. If you want a cheap yet nutritious Korean dish, then gimbap should be one of your top picks. It is also very easy to make: you spread some cooked rice over a square piece of gim and then you add a variety of meats and vegetables on top. Typically, gimbap has cucumber, spinach, carrots, crab meat, and sausage among others, but you can certainly experiment on some ingredients to make your own version of these savoury rice rolls.

5. Kimchi Bokkeumbap

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Don’t throw away that Korean kimchi just yet because you can still use them in making the Kimchi Bokkeumbap. Just fry that kimchi and add it, together with some vegetables and meat of your choice, on your steamed rice. Putting some fried egg into your bokkeumbap will also do some wonders. This dish is so easy to make that a lot of people who are on a tight budget prefer to enjoy this rice dish.

 

Are there any Korean rich dishes that you would like our readers to try? Comment below so we can check them out! And if ever you’re considering to host a Korean BBQ party anytime soon or you just want to stock on some meats for the future rice dishes you are going to create, then do not forget to contact us. Cheers!