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10 Kinds of Korean Food You'll Instantly Crave After Watching K-Dramas

Plus, easy recipes you can follow to recreate your faves!
10 Kinds of Korean Food You'll Instantly Crave After Watching K-Dramas
IMAGE MBC TV/Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, tVN/Crash Landing on You
Plus, easy recipes you can follow to recreate your faves!

We all know the drill too well when we watch K-dramas: When the soju pops, delicious food is sure to follow. Hence, we're visually tortured to see our favorite characters slurp ramyeon or grill samgyupsal in between scenes. And we before we know it, we're just craving for more Korean food and snacks!

Now, if you're just like us who can't get enough of K-dramas and Korean food, then you'll probably enjoy this roundup! Go on, dear reader, and jot down all the ingredients for your next K-grocery run! We've included a food tutorial on how you can make these at home, too.

Here’s a list of some Korean dishes we all love from K-dramas:

1. Tofu Stew

As seen on: Itaewon Class

Korean tofu stew is one of Korea’s top comfort food and is made with kimchi, onions, soft tofu, and any meat of your choice. It's essentially a warm hug in a bowl!

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2. Bibimbap

As seen on: Descendants of the Sun

PHOTO BY KBS2/Descendants of the Sun
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PHOTO BY KBS2/Descendants of the Sun

Before Korean BBQ hit mainstream media, there was bibimbap! This well-balanced dish is made with a bowl of rice topped with cucumbers, spinach, ground meat, bean sprouts, and an egg. And like how its name literally translates—mixed rice⁠—you toss the rice with meat and all of the assorted vegetables in a hot stone bowl before you dig in!

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3. Korean Fried Chicken

As seen on: Goblin and Crash Landing on You

PHOTO BY tVN/Crash Landing on You

Fried chicken seems like a simple and universal-tasting dish, but there is something different about how Korean fried chicken tastes. In fact, it's heavily embedded in their culture, what with their fave chimaek (chicken + beer) food pairing we always see on K-dramas!

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4. Korean BBQ

As seen on: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

PHOTO BY MBC TV/Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

We've seen Kim Bok Joo and her buddies eat Korean BBQ more than once in the drama. In fact, they even have their own process on how to efficiently eat and to make the most out of your Korean BBQ dining experience! We're yet to try if we can actually keep up with her cool tip!

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5. Ramyeon

As seen on: My Love from the Star 

PHOTO BY SBS/My Love from the Star

You’d think that there’s nothing special about instant noodles, but again, when you see how Koreans enthusiastically eat ramyeon, you’ll end up craving it more than once! You might even find yourself looking for ways to elevate this simple packet of noods.

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 6. Korean street food

As seen on: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and Fight for My Way

PHOTO BY KBS2/Fight for My Way
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Remember that adorable scene where Bok Joo was upset and took her frustrations out on eating so much street food? Or when Dong Man and Ae Ra bickered in front of a street food truck? Koreans love their street food and it's easy to see why! Just look at those delicious sundae (blood sausages), odeng (fish cakes), and tteokbokki (rice cake) drenched in a rich sweet and spicy sauce. Yum!

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7. Seaweed Soup

As seen on: Goblin and Because This Is My First Life

PHOTO BY tVN/Because This Is My First Life
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Seaweed soup is also known as birthday soup in Korea since it's a staple dish on the table when someone celebrates their special day. It's a simple yet delicious soup that goes best along with rice, some grilled meat, and other banchans.

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8. Kimbap

As seen on: Goblin and Welcome to Waikiki

PHOTO BY tVN/Goblin
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Considered as one of the few Korean dishes that are beginner-friendly, kimbap is a roll of sticky rice with vegetables and meat that's been wrapped in nori or seaweed! You can eat it whole like a burrito (like in Goblin) or cut it up in slices which is how most restaurants serve them.

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9. Jjajangmyeon

As seen on: Hi Bye, Mama!

PHOTO BY tVN/Hi Bye Mama
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Made essentially with black bean paste, jjajangmyeon can also be considered as comfort food for Koreans. In fact, every April 14, single people in South Korea celebrate ‘Black Day’ where they get together with their other single friends (or just on their own) and eat jjajangmyeon! LOL!

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10. Special Mention: Ramdon

As seen on: Parasite

PHOTO BY CJ Entertainment/Parasite
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Okay, technically this dish didn't come from a K-drama but it's become a trend too huge to ignore! Ramdon is a noodle dish that even kitchen newbies can easily rustle up. It's done by mixing a pack of Jjapagetti and Neoguri, tossed with any kind of meat⁠. In the film, they used steak to elevate the dish but you can have it pork or even spam, too!

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