It’s common among soon-to-be-married people in Korea to try to predict marital harmon숗y before marriage. Even among the dishes enjoyed by Koreans, there are good matches and bad matches. The more you know, the better you can taste Korean dishes. The following is what Korean dishes match best with each other.
Samgyeopsal (pork belly) and lettuce
Their relationship is just like needle and thread.
Samgyeopsal is the most popular pork dish in Korea. This menu is enjoyed almost by all Koreans on various occasions ranging from an evening meal to get-together parties and eating out at restaurants. Samgyeopsal is fatty slices of pork belly meat, offering a deep flavor and an amazing taste. Samgyeopsal is served together with sides, including lettuce that is a great source of vitamin and minerals. Since lettuce is an alkaline food, it matches well with meat, which is an acidic food. To better enjoy Samgyeopsal in a Korean way, you can eat it by wrapping in lettuce, adding some ssamjang (soybean paste mixed with red pepper paste) and garlic along with green onion salad as well.
Naengmyeon (cold noodle) and galbi
Sweet and al dente!
Galbi is a popular Korean dish made from beef short ribs, plus a variety of seasoned ingredients. If you want to have a better taste of galbi, you should have it together with cold noodles called naengmyeon. Any type of naengmyeon – bibim naengmyeon (served with spicy red pepper paste sauce) or mul naengmyeon (served in cold broth) – matches well with galbi. If you opt for bibim naengmyeon, you can enjoy the sweet and spicy taste. If you choose mul naengmyoen, you can it cold. Here in Korea, it’s common for restaurants to offer naengmyeon and galbi in a set menu.
Jajangmyeon and sweet pickled radish
Jajangmyeon is a soul mate of sweet pickled radishes. Jajangmyeon is made with the sauce that is fried in oil. Its greasy taste can be complemented by sweet and a bit salty pickled radishes.
Fun of sticking with a fork!
Tteokbokki, fried foods and sundae
The most popular snack foods in Korea are a trio of tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes), fried foods, and sundae (Korean sausage). When you eat fried foods or sundae, which can taste a bit plain, try them with tteokbokki, which can add a spicy and sweet taste.
Tteok and sikhye
Tteok (Korean rice cake) is often served on special occasions such as big national holidays, moving days, the first birthday party and other commemorative days. Tteok matches well with Korea’s traditional beverage sikhye (sweet rice drink). In addition to their harmonious taste, malt, which is the main ingredient of sikhye, helps digest carbohydrates. If you eat tteok together with sikhye, it helps prevent an upset stomach.
Harmony of texture
Tofu and gimchi
Tofu is one of the ingredients used frequently for main dishes in Korea such as doenjang stew (soybean paste stew) and gimchi stew. Warm tofu matches well with gimchi. Gimchi’s spicy taste along with its texture adds more flavor to tofu, which can taste a bit plain. Tofu also goes well with fried gimchi, which can add a richer flavor to the dish.