What’s traveling without eating some good local treats? The city of Seoul is full of yummy eateries every corner you turn. From traditional cuisine to modern fusions, here are 10 delicious food to eat in Seoul, Korea.
Sit down meals
Chicken gingseng soup
Samgyetang is traditional Korean chicken gingeng soup. It is made of a whole young chicken, stuffed with ginseng, rice, chestnut, green onions, spices and other goodness. So healthy and filling! This hot dish is surprisingly meant to be eaten in the summer. Apparently the Koreans believe in fighting heat with heat. You combat heat from the outside with more heat from the inside they say!
Where to try it: Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕)
One of the most famous samgyetang restaurants in Seoul, Tosokchon is located near the Gyeongbokgung palace.
Ox bone soup
Also known as Seolleongtang, it’s an extremely flavorful broth cooked with ox bones, brisket and other cuts. The broth is usually simmered over a low flame from hours to a whole day, to allow the flavors of the bone to really come out. It’s simply perfection when eaten with rice and side dishes.
Where to try it: Imun Seolleongtang (이문 설농탕)
One of Seoul’s oldest restaurants. Their Seolleongtang is simmered for more than 15 hours! You can already imagine that flavor!
Korean style BBQ is world famous. What better place to have it than in Seoul Korea?! You can find a gogi-jip (literally meaning “meat house”) on almost every street. Meat lovers rejoice!
Where to try it: Saebyukjib (새벽집)
A place that prides itself on high quality beef! We all know beef is priority in Korean BBQ.
Korean cold noodles
Otherwise known as Naengmyeon, this is such a unique dish. A very popular summer meal, chewy buckwheat noodles are served in an icy cold broth made with beef/chicken. So refreshing!
Where to try it: Wooraeok.
A restaurant that has been serving flavorful, rich naengmyeon since 1946.
Fried chicken and beer
If you are a Korean drama fan, you may know the story behind the craze with fried chicken and beer. This food combo has long been a go-to for friends get togethers in Korea. But it has exploded in popularity in recent years as it was featured heavily in the famous Korean drama “He Who Comes From the Stars”.
Where to try it: Outdark Chicken House.
A restaurant popular amongst young people with a posh atmosphere and generous amount of chicken.
This colorful healthy Korean dish is what first comes to mind for a lot of people on the mention of Korean food. Eat it in Seoul and see if the ones you’ve tried elsewhere measure up. (spoiler: they probably don’t.)
Where to try it: Bon Bibimbap.
A franchaise that specializes in bibimbap! This restaurant not only has branches all over Korea but overseas as well. A popular choice for workers during lunch time, Bon Bimbimbap likes to call themselves “The Starbucks of Korea.”
There are so much good street food in Korea. You just have to try everything. One of my favourites is Tteokbokki, spicy rice cakes. If you like spicy food, you would love these little doughy cakes with a kick.
Where to find: Everywhere on the street!
I lived on these for breakfast everyday in Korea. They are skewered fish cakes cooked in a delicious broth. At about 500 won a stick, it’s the cheapest street food ever. The best part? You can get a cup of soup for free with every order! (Side note: It’s an amazing hang over cure!)
Where to find: Everywhere on the street!
Fish ice cream
Aboong Ice Cream in Seoul sells unique fish shaped waffles filled with red bean paste or custard cream, served with yoghurt ice-cream topped off with chocolate syrup and crunchy flakes! With a chocolate covered grape kebabs, it’s only 3,000 KRW.
My little travel buddy meeting a new friend that is about to be eaten.
Where to find it: Aboong Café
Flower ice cream
Another unique dessert spot is Milky bee located in Myeondong, Seoul. They make these beautiful rose shaped gelato ice cream. Foodie Instagrammers? You are welcome.
Where to find it: Milky Bee
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Hungry yet? I hope this helps you on your food quest in Seoul Korea. Remember to eat everything and take lots of photos!