10 Delicious Korea Dishes That Can’t Be Found in S’pore Easily

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If you’re a fan of Korean variety shows, you would have noticed that some of the delicious food the cast have eaten in Korea is not found easily, if not at all, in Singapore.

So next time, when you’re visiting Korea, remember to try these foods that are only available there!


호떡 Hoeddeok

Image: Maangchi
Image: Maangchi

It’s also known as Sweet Syrupy Pancakes. This is often sold by street vendors and if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll surely love this. It’s a more complex version of a typical pancake we usually have for breakfast as instead of using flour, this is made with yeast dough.


짜장면 Jjiajiangmyeon

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Image: Wikipedia

Although you are able to find the original Chinese version of this dish here in Singapore, Koreans have taken the noodles and created a thicker, yummier version that is only slightly similar to the original. You’ll always see this in Running Man!


부대찌개 Army Stew

Image: Korean Bapsang
Image: Korean Bapsang

This is one of the more commonly eaten hot pot in Korean, and is best eaten with your family and friends! Some restaurants in Singapore do sell this, too. The hot pot normally consists of sausages, Spam (luncheon meat), cheese, instant noodles, tteok and various vegetables. The ingredients added are basically fuss-free and easy to make.


간장게장 Soy Sauce Crab

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Image: happiebb.com

In Singapore, we have our favourite Black Pepper Chili Crab and in Korea, they have Soy Sauce Crab. It’s slightly tangy, tantalizing bitter, pungent and cold. Those trying this dish for the first time may find it shocking but this a favourite amongst Koreans!


곱창 Gopchang

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Image: Wikipedia

This is another frequently dish seen on Korean variety shows. It’s basically small intestines from pork or cattle, chopped into rounded sections. This can be cooked into soups, stir-fried or grilled. It’s chewy without being rubbery. You would often see this dish being ordered with soju!


김밥 Gimbap

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Image: Korean Bapsang

Gimbap is like a bigger, more filling, kind of sushi. It’s jam packed with meat and vegetable. Just like a rolled up lunch box!


순대 Sundae

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IImage: Two Vacations A Year – WordPress.com

No, it’s not a dessert. This is a type of sausage which is commonly found in restaurant and street vendors. It’s basically pig intestine with a stuffing of cellophane noodles, vegetables and meat.


설렁탕 Ox Bone Soup

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Image: Cherry on my Sundae

The broth is cooked overnight and the taste is extremely rich, satisfying and heavenly. If you visit Korea during the winter, this is the best soup to warm you up! This broth will contain noodles, finely chopped scallions and a few strips of meat.


죽 Juk

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Image: Kimchi & Me

Juk is a traditional Korean porridge. They have a range of porridge from traditional sweet ones like red bean or pumpkin porridge to savoury ones like seafood and meat-based porridge. It’s definitely very different from the usual porridge we have locally!

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김치 Kimchi

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Image: GreenMedInfo

Yes, I know you can easily find kimchi in Singapore from Korean cuisine stalls or Korean marts. But trust me, the fresh handmade kimchi in Korea gives you a completely different taste. You can taste the authenticity in their kimchi – after all, kimchi is Korea, and Korea is kimchi, no?


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