Three Reasons Why You Might Enjoy Eating at a Korean Restaurant

Posted on: 22 April 2019

If you have never had Korean food before, you might be wondering if it's worth visiting a Korean restaurant and trying out this type of cuisine. Here are three signs that you should do this.

You enjoy meals that feature a wide variety of flavours and textures

If you tend to become bored very quickly with simple meals featuring just one or two ingredients and experience greater pleasure from dishes that contain a multitude of flavours and textures, then it is definitely worth trying out some Korean food. A lot of the most popular dishes typically served in Korean restaurants feature a wide range of ingredients, which make these dishes both delicious and interesting in terms of their scent, flavour, appearance and texture.

For example, 'bibimbap' is a Korean dish that features several vegetables in various forms (like raw grated carrot, steamed spinach, sliced courgette, avocado and pickled cucumbers) with marinated tofu or meat (often beef) as well as a spicy, flavourful paste. It is then topped with an egg and served with soy sauce.

The plethora of textures, smells, colours and flavours encapsulated in this dish is enough to please even the pickiest of palates.

You are not a huge fan of plain vegetables

If you like to eat vegetables but are not a huge fan of the ones served without any additional flavourings, then you should consider reserving a table at a Korean restaurant. The dishes offered at most Korean restaurants tend to feature a lot of vegetables; however, these vegetables are cooked in ways that make them far more interesting to eat.

For example, a lot of Korean dishes feature fermented vegetables (like 'kimchi, for example) that have a sour, salty and tangy flavour. Similarly, many Korean restaurants offer their vegetables in broth-based soups with meat where the broth is infused with spices, soy sauce and herbs that give the vegetables and the meat a more complex flavour.

You enjoy eating rice

If rice is one of your favourite starch-based foods, then it is very likely that you will enjoy dining at a restaurant that serves Korean food. Many Korean meals feature rice in one form or another. For example, 'gimbap' is a type of Korean sushi that features highly-seasoned vegetables rolled up with rice and some form of protein (like egg, meat or fish).

Another hugely popular Korean meal is spicy rice cakes. These feature very thick rice noodles that have a wonderfully chewy texture and are covered in a spicy sauce.