I am still dreaming of the traditional food in Korea. I felt so good and light when I was here. Not to mention is was nice to not have to think about food for a bit and trust that most places I went were good for me. These were some of my favorite foods I snacked on while visiting the health mecca!
1. vegetable dishes at Gwangjang Market
The traditional food at this famous Korean market goes on for miles. Vegetable dishes are abundantly available at every stand for merely cents. Between the warm veggies and steaming soups, you are bound to leave satisfied and warmed to the bone. Take a stroll through the market and simply pick your favorite veggie stand. Foodie heaven!
2. Banchan vegetables
Banchan directly translates to "side dish". These are side dishes of veggies that are served with nearly every meal in Korea. Typically the veggies are cooked greens, pickled radish, and kimchi. Load up on these to get your fermented veggies and greens in for an easy-to-digest meal!
3. The bibimbap done right
The bibimbap is a sizzling platter of rice, assorted veggies (often sea vegetables), sometimes daikon, and a red chili paste served in a stone pot. Much of the time is comes with meat and egg so you will have to ask for no meat and no egg (if you are totally vegan). This delicious pot is the perfect comfort food to warm you up on a cold day. Make sure to ask for no sugar in the rice as this is common in Asian countries.
4. Roasted chestnuts
Mmmm these make the best street comfort food. Perhaps not the most nutritionally dense food but a wonderful snack to keep you satisfied between meals without any oil or weird ingredients. Be sure to chew these fully as the carbohydrates are heavily digested in the mouth.
5. Straight up roasted sweet potato
My favorite thing on earth! Where can you find a sweet potato roasted without any oil or salt? Sweet potatoes are commonly roasted here in these cylinders without anything else. I eat them alone (skin and all) for the perfect lunch or even dessert. You can find these on the street or in one of the million underground shopping malls/markets including the Lotte mall.
6. Sunbudu Jjigae
This traditional bean curd soup is usually vegan with tofu and veggies. Normally I don't eat soy in the U.S. but in small amounts in Asia I feel great. The hot soup comes out in the stone pot it was cooked in for the perfect warming delight.