Top Seven Korean Foods that are Popular in the U.S.

By Jenny Kim

The Koreatown in Los Angeles, CA is best known to be the place where you can find excellent cuisine that highlights the spirit of the Korean culture. It has some of the best restaurants that really give you the taste of authentic Korean cuisine. Spicy, healthy and affordable, there are a number of Korean foods that Angelenos have fallen in love with. Many people often struggle in pronouncing the dishes’ names but here are the top seven most popular Korean foods.

1. Kimchi

This food has become a synonym for Korean. Being the consistent side dish for any Korean meal, this concoction of cabbage fermented in a bed of pepper, garlic, ginger and scallion is a sure hit for people who have the appetite for hot and spicy.

2. Bibimbap

This dish is a combination of mixed vegetables, rice, beef and egg. Seasoned with a dollop of chili paste and sesame oil, it’s one of the most nutritious and tastiest for you can try.

3. Gimbap or Kimbap

Gim or Kim means seasweeds and Bap means rice. These bite-sized goodies are packed with sautéed vegetables, ground beef, sweet pickled radish and rice. They are rolled on a sheet of dried laver seaweed wrap and sliced into what we can call Korean Seaweed Rice Roll.

4. Bulgogi

Bulgogi means fire meat in Korean. You can grill it, pan-fry it, or barbeque it, Bulgogi is made from thin slices of prime cuts of beef marinated in a sweet and savory sauce. Once it’s cooked, you can wrap it in lettuce with other side dishes and add a dab of a traditional Korean spicy paste called Ssamjang.

5. Jjajangmyeon

This noodle dish was originally Chinese but Koreans created a version of their own. The hand-made noodles called sutamyeon is topped with a thick sauce made salty black soybean paste, pork and vegetables.

6. Galbi

This well-known meat dish represents the Korean version of barbecue. It consists of grilled short ribs marinated with sweet soy souce.

7. Samgyeopsal

This is basically thick and fatty slices of pork belly meat grilled and wrapped in lettuce, together with sliced onions and kimchi. It is usually served with either Ssamjang (a combination of ‘gochujang’, a chili paste and ‘doenjang’, a mix of soybean paste), or salt and pepper in sesame oil. This dish is a hands-on meal since diners have to cook the meat themselves and eat directly from a grill.

Manna Korean BBQ is a an all-you-can-eat Korean restaurant in Los Angeles, California. You can visit them at Manna Korean BBQ

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