Hot summer Korean food
Aug. 12, 2012 10:40 pm
This summer is exceptionally hot in Korea!! It has been above 90°F the highest and 75°F the lowest for past couple of weeks. Keeping in mind the fact that the temperature rarely goes above low 80s°F, it has been a sweltering summer in Korea. So when the
mercury rises and the weather is really hot and humid, what do Koreans prefer to eat? I will introduce some delicious summer Korean dishes!
Naengmyeon (cold noodle soup) is the poster child of Korean summer dishes. The direct translation of naengmyeon is cold noodle. It is usually made of very thin noodle made of flour and various starch, beef broth garnished with sliced cucumber, Korean pear,
boiled egg and beef. We also mix noodle with red chili paste without broth, which is called as bibim naengmyeon. Naengmyeon originated in North Korea and is very famous in Hamhung province and Pyeongyang. My grandpa, who was born and grew up in North Korea,
eats naengmyeon for almost every lunch in the summer. Even in South Korea, almost every naengmyeon restaurants use Hamhung and Pyeongyang on their restaurants names. The difference between Hamhung Style and Pyeongyang style is the difference in ingredients
in noodles and existence of broth. Hamhung style is called bibim (or hoe) naegmyeong, which does not have broth, and noodle is made of potato starch. Spicy raw skate and red chili paste is added to enrich the flavor and texture of naengmyeon. Pyeongyang style
is also called as mulnaengmyeon and composed of noodles made from buchwheat, cold beef broth, and thinly sliced beef. This style is suitable for kids or some people who cannot deal with spicy food. Once you have naengmyeon, you will forget hot weather in Korea.
After eating naengmyeon, you should try the most popular dessert, bingsu (grinded ice with fruits or red bean). Every café serves distinct types of bingsu, and people also make bingsu at home. The original form of bingsu is call patbingsu which is grinded ice,
red bean paste, condensed milk, and a little bit of rice cake combined together. Green tea bingsu probably is the second most popular bingsu, and it goes well with red bean paste. It is usually made of grinded milk ice or grinded green tea ice and green tea
ice cream along with red bean paste. However, some people, like me, are not huge fans of red bean, so people created different kinds of creative bingsus. Milk tea, red wine, mixed berry, mango, citron coffee, tiramisu are sold at different cafes in Korea.
The size of bingsu is pretty huge, so one dish can serve four adults (it depends on how much you can eat) in general. This huge dish is not expensive at all!! You just need 8 us dollars or 10 dollars at the most.
So, when your thermometer is about to explode and you can feel the sun singing the hair on your head, head on over to Korea for a cheap (flight not included) and healthy way to beat the heat.