[OP-ED] Snack on this: K-drama food recipes you never knew you needed

Stacy Kadomasu, Jan. 18, 2017, 10:21 a.m.

Ever found yourself drooling as you watch your favorite K-drama characters eat delicious Korean meals right before your eyes? I’ve always wanted to eat the ramyun that Goo Jun Pyo slurps up from the lid of a pot in ‘Boys Over Flowers’, and taste everything that Goo Dae Young passionately devoured in both seasons of ‘Let’s Eat’! 

If your family doesn’t cook Korean food or live near Korean restaurants, those K-drama scenes can be a tortuous sight for your appetite to bear. BUT no worries, because I’ve compiled some of those iconic K-drama foodie scenes, along with super-simple recipes so you can recreate and enjoy the dishes, too!

1. Ddukbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes)

The king of kings when it comes to Korean snack foods, ddukbokki is featured in countless K-dramas, whether it’s served hot on the streets by a food cart, or presented in a luxurious pot like in ‘Let’s Eat’!


2. Kimchi Bokkeumbap (Kimchi Fried Rice)

Kimchi bokkeumbap is not only a very easy and quick meal to whip up for yourself, but also a great dish to serve at a big party! Choi Han Kyul of ‘Coffee Prince’ clearly chose the former, however.


3. Kimchi Jeon (Kimchi Pancake)

I know what you’re thinking - kimchi in a pancake? How could that even work?? But I highly recommend you try this savory, spicy pancake that will satisfy your crispy, chewy, salty cravings! Don’t trust me? Take ‘Reply 1997’s Sung Shi Won’s mom’s word for it!


4. Seolleongtang (Ox Bone Soup)

A Korean comfort food that’s customizable to your taste, seolleongtang is a savory, milky white broth that warms you up from the inside out! If the first season of ‘Let’s Eat’ wasn’t enough #foodporn for you, ‘Let’s Eat 2’ definitely hits the spot with this delicious soup!


5. Miyeok Guk (Seaweed Soup)

Miyeok guk is packed full of flavor, nutritious minerals, and all the feels that take you back to your mom’s kitchen like Ryu Dong Ryong in ‘Reply 1988.’ This dish is typically served on birthdays, but now you can cook some up anytime of the year!


Which K-drama foods do you want to try next?

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