Many Asian countries are known for having some of the most unusual foods in the world, and South Korea is not an exception. Here are five foods that are very popular (and delicious) in Korea that you must try when you are there!
Sundae is my all-time favorite Korean street food! It is similar to the blood sausage in that it is a cow or pig’s intestine stuffed with various ingredients and boiled. It may sound gross but the taste is addicting. You can typically find it at any street cart or restaurant in Korea.
On the topic of intestines, gopchang is basically grilled cow or pig intestines (big and small) that are not stuffed. Once you get a taste of it, you will never be the same again. Again, it is very easy to find in the streets and restaurants of Korea.
You may have seen videos on YouTube of people eating live octopus. And yes, the octopus is actually alive and moving when you put it in your mouth and chew. It may sound disgusting but the fresh taste can’t be beat! Koreans typically sprinkle some sesame oil and sesame seeds on top of it before consumption.
This is similar to doenjang except the fermentation process is shorter, which causes the cheonggukjang to maintain its infamous, repelling scent. There is an urban legend that two Korean students studying abroad in Germany cooked this soup and ate it but the stink was so bad that their neighbors called the police, thinking that the students were keeping a corpse. Despite its stink, the soup is actually incredibly delicious! Before rejecting to taste this soup because of its smell, think of how you enjoy blue cheese and other stinky foods, like Livarot.
Koreans like to eat these fresh. The spoon worms are cut up into bite-sized pieces and eaten raw with some sesame oil and salt. Yes, the worms still move when you consume them. However, just like the live octopus, the fresh taste can’t be beat and soon it’ll become your favorite food too, despite its resemblance to a certain male body part.