What defines Korean cuisine?


Korean cuisine is a delightful mixture of flavors from all over Asia. Like most Asian cuisine, it features a number of spicy dishes which have been derived through years of interactions with different Asian cultures. There are some that are uniquely Korean, but a number of them have influences from different parts of the continent. There are Meats, vegetables and soups that make up the different dishes. Below, are the most delicious dishes of Korean cuisine.

7 of the most delicious dishes

Bibimbap: You will probably need to read it again slowly to be able to get the pronunciation. Bibimbop is rice with a number of toppings. The variety of toppings depends a lot on the cook as well as the availability of certain toppings. Generally it will consist of shredded carrots, sprouts, cucumbers, flavored beef, chicken, fish, mushrooms, seaweed and mustard greens. To add the major crown to it all is a fried egg. The mixed flavors of the toppings are pure delight for the taste buds.

Kimchi: This is one of the oldest side dishes in Korean cuisine dating back over 2000 years ago. It is a spicy dish of fermented cabbage in pepper, ginger, garlic and scallion. The cabbage is preserved with salt and the spices are put on top of it. If you are not used to spicy food, it is better to ask for the less spicy dish. There is a very spicy one and a mild one. This is actually the most common Korean side dish.

Bulgogi: It is the most common beef recipes in Korea. It is made from thinly sliced prime beef cut (sirloin or rib eye) the beef is marinated for 4 hours in a mixture of soy source, sesame, garlic, onions, black pepper and sugar. The meat is then grilled along with whole garlic, chopped peppers and onions. It is served with leaves of lettuce, spinach or any other leafy vegetable.

Ssam: this is a flavorful wrapping of rice, spices and meat in a crispy lettuce leaf. It is a pleasurable attack of spicy flavors on your sense of taste.

Doenjang Jjigae: If you visited a Korean home, chances are this would be one of the dishes offered to you along with kimchi. It is made up of Doenjang, mushrooms, tofu, scallions, green pepper and anchovy for flavor. It may take getting used to, but it is loved in Korea.

Kalbi: This is probably the most delicious BBQ dish from Korea. It is made from beef ribs that have been stripped of fat and then marinated in a source with special flavors and spice. Because of the small pieces they are chopped into, they tend to take a shorter time on the fire. Kalbi, is soft, spicy and delicious.

Dakjuk: The Koreans call this chicken Porridge. Chicken is boiled in a pot together with garlic, onions, spices and rice. The rice breaks up to make the soup thick like porridge. It is a simple to prepare dish, but the flavor is awesome.

Finding Korean Dishes

The first option you would have would be to go to Korea and ask for any of those delicious dishes. However, Korean restaurants have spread all over the globe and you would just have to look up a good Korean restaurant near you. Alternatively you could try and follow recipes online to make your own Korean dish.

Running The Place…


Running a restaurant of any size, requires extra planning and hard work. Even tough humans will always have a need to eat, you still have to give them a reason to eat at your restaurant. It is a good idea to find a niche theme. If you are different from the rest, then that is already a starting place. But still there will be problems just as much as there will be possibilities.

Possibilities and Problems

Because Korean restaurants are relatively few in most places, it creates the opportunity to capitalize on what may be an untapped market in some places. People are always looking to try something new so chances are if your restaurant is the only one in a particular area, it will be the one most of the try out when they are looking for something new.

At the moment, Asian foods are considered exotic and people are always willing to have a taste of “the spices from the far east” running a small Korean restaurant presents the possibility of becoming famous for providing that need that so many people would want attended to.

Korean people travel all around the world and many of them still have cravings for a taste of home. A small Korean restaurant would be the ideal place for Koreans away from home to drop in to enjoy Korean foods that they are missing. It also can become a meeting point for people who are homesick. There is usually a higher chance of meeting people from Korea in a Korean restaurant.


One of the biggest problems is convincing people that you will not serve them their pets. Many people are stuck with the perception that the only meats eaten in Korea are cats and dogs, it is, therefore, a problem trying to change that perception and make people believe that only the usual meat is served at that restaurant.

When you are out of Korea, it may not be easy finding stuff to create that taste and ambience of Korea. Finding a chef may be the biggest problem because you need someone who is good and well versed with Korean foods but there are not many options unless you can get someone straight from Korea. Also, customers would expect to have Korean stuff like waiters and waitresses but it is not easy to find qualified Koreans outside of Korea.

There may be a number of ingredients that may not be easy to get outside of Korea and if you got them, you may have to pay more for them and this is going to push up the cost of your food. Having high prices may chase away some clients who may find it unaffordable.

Dealing with Possibilities and Problems

Every business will have possibilities and problems, as a business owner, it is your task to identify them so that if they are possibilities, you can capitalize on them and if they are problems, you can identify them and plan how to mitigate them even before they present themselves. So it all comes down to planning.