As strange as it may sound, if you’re visiting South Korea you should try eating some of their weirdest dishes. Even if the idea of eating these foods disgusts you, it’s still worth trying them at least once. They can be quite delicious and probably more adventurous than some of the foods you are used to eating. These are not foods for someone with a sensitive stomach so be careful on what you order!
Chopped up & seasoned octopus is one of the most popular dishes in Korea. Indeed, it should be tried when you visit there. It pairs well with something spicy and a cold beer, so go for it!
When you get it down your mouth, the octopus easily twists its suckers to your throat! But remember to chew, there have been some reported cases of people choking on it.
The black pudding of the UK, is made by stuffing pig intestines with a concoction of blood, rice, green onions, pork, and noodles, and then steaming it. It’s usually served alongside organ meats, or in a soup called black pudding sundae.
Like many regional cuisines, the dishes of Korea vary greatly from region to region. However, no matter where you are, you’ll always find that the basics of Korean cooking are the same, and those basics can be described as chewy on the outside and soft and flavorful on the inside.
Black pudding is a blood sausage popular in the UK and found in many variations. It can be stuffed with rice, onions and pork for a savory flavor, or it can be sweetened and served as a dessert with melted butter and brown sugar. It can also be served over ice cream at the Black Pudding Sundae.
Like many regional cuisines, the dishes of Korea vary greatly from region to region. However, no matter where you are, you’ll always find that the basics of Korean cooking are the same and this can be described as chewy on the outside and sweet on the inside.
Seonji Haejangguk (선지해장국)
After a long night out on the town, many Koreans cure their hangovers by slurping down a hot bowl of seonji haejangguk. It’s undoubtedly the most unusual variety, featuring congealed ox blood as its main ingredient. The dried blood floats in spongy chunks over a steaming broth. Though the flavors aren’t all that bad, the texture is certainly one that takes some getting used to.
A type of gejang is made by marinating fresh crabs either in soy sauce or a chili pepper powder-based sauce. They are eaten raw. We are living in the age of modern prosperity where everything is readily available to us. You probably can’t even remember the last time you made this dish, but it’s still popular for its taste.
Barbecue restaurants in Korea serve up “dwaejikkeopbnang” or “barbecued pork rinds.” Usually grilled, these are a bit rubbery in texture but they have a delicious nutty flavor, and their collagen content is said to make them more supple and smoother.
Roasted silkworm pupae, also known as “beondegi,” is a great source of quality, low-fat protein that can give you an extra boost of energy. That’s because it contains a number of essential amino acids your body cannot produce on its own.
South Korea is known for many things, but most people are not aware of how much the country’s men love this food. It’s true that crab is sometimes served raw and still moving. There are also ways to make crab easy to eat by either spraying with salt water or dipping it into soy sauce. It is just as popular as clams, though you’ll eat it raw. It is said to be popular as an aphrodisiac. I guess that explains why just about any man would want to eat those things!
Haejangguk is a specialty dish often eaten during the winter months because of skate’s availability. Rice wine, soybeans and salt are mixed and left to ferment for about one month before serving. This dish is incredibly pungent and smells like ammonia. It is believed that the strong odor helps to stimulate appetite and fight off colds/flu, which might explain why this dish is so appealing in winter.
Dog meat is still eaten in South Korea, due to old peoples’ beliefs that it provides “stamina.” However, more and more Koreans are refusing to eat dog meat nowadays because they’re aware of the mistreatment of animals on farms. Dog meat is quickly becoming unpopular in Korea. With more people rescuing dogs, and animal rights groups like PETA growing in popularity, it’s not that hard to see why dog meat will eventually be outlawed here.