Food for the Seoul Traveler: Delicious Eats to Find in the City
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Food for the Seoul Traveler: Delicious Eats to Find in the City

Seoul is a fascinating place to visit in so many ways. Whether it is for art, design, or culture, you will find plenty of sites to explore. Not to mention the city’s food scene that showcases the best of Korean traditional dishes and then some. So if you are thinking of traveling in Seoul, here are some of the delicious eats to keep in your radar.

Bibimbap
Bibimbap
Korean mixed rice or bibimbap is one of country’s best known signature dishes. It is widely available around Seoul. But for a more authentic experience, head out to hole in the wall restaurants or at the traditional markets like Gwangjang Market.

Chi-maek
Chi-maek
Eating fried chicken in South Korea is a whole different experience. And chi-maek or chicken-maekju (beer) is one of the best ways to start your Korean fried chicken experience. Choose between crispy or spicy and seasoned chicken or go for both. Enjoy with a bottle (or more) of cold maekju.

Ddeokbokki
Ddeokbokki
This is a spicy stir-fried dish made from rice cake and ingredients like fish cake, green onions, hardboiled egg, and chili paste. You can find delicious ddeokbokki in street stalls and restaurants. Enjoy with traditional Korean liquor like soju or makgeoli.

Patbingsu
Patbingsu
Shaved ice desserts are not unique to Korea. But patbingsu is a must-try anyway. Also known as red bean shaved ice, you can enjoy this delectable dessert with a variety of toppings like fresh fruits and other sweets.

Samgyeopsal
Samgyeopsal
Pork belly meat grilled on charcoal grills or hot plate on the table. It comes with a wide array of side dishes including fresh vegetables like lettuce, red pepper paste, slices of garlic, and more. Something you will find in a gogigui or Korean barbecue. Best eaten wrapped in lettuce with some of the side dishes of your choice.

Samgyetang Samgyetang
This is a healthy soup dish made with glutinous rice stuffed in a whole chicken, Korean ginseng, herbs, and more. Hot, delicious, and nutritious, what’s not to like?

6 Ways to Enjoy the Local Food When Traveling
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6 Ways to Enjoy the Local Food When Traveling

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While you can always try foreign dishes at restaurants that serve international cuisines at home, there is still nothing like quite the experience of tasting traditional food prepared by the locals themselves. Here are some of the best ways to find and enjoy the local dishes when traveling.

1. Make a trip to the food market
Visit one of the biggest food markets in your destination for some authentic local food experience. Take a look at the fruit, vegetables, and artisanal food products you can find. Grab a bite from one of the food stalls you can find in the market or buy some of the in-season fruits that you can enjoy much later when you are back at your hotel.

2. Come prepared
Before you go, take the time to do some research and list down some of the best foods to try at your destination. Update your list as you get around and learn more about the local cuisines.

3. Get recommendations from the locals
Chat with the locals and ask for recommendations on the best places to go for authentic traditional dishes. Or take a walk around the neighborhood and area where you are staying and observe where the locals go.

4. Hit the streets and hole-in-the-wall restaurants
Explore the street food scene and off-the-beaten path places where you can find hole-in-the-wall restaurants and eateries. Opt for locally-owned restaurants than international food chains that serve food you can always have at home.

5. Go on a food tour
Look for reputable local travel companies that offer food tours around the city. Or make a list of the top foodie spots, grab a map, and go on a self-guided culinary tour.

6. Eat home-cooked meals
Download one of the “eat with the locals” apps on your phone and book lunch or dinner with a local host. Eat home-cooked dishes in the comfort of a local’s home and learn more about the place from your host.