Korean cuisine Korea is one of the most innovative and progressive Asian countries. However, nobody can work on an empty stomach. So what is it that Korean people eat that drives them towards their success? We’ll take you on a little journey through the Korean cuisine. There’re a few things that really distinguish Korean food. It’s very largely based on rice, vegetables and meat. Especially chicken is one of Korea’s favourites. You basically see all 3 elements in all of their dishes, since they strive towards a well balanced en healthy meal. Common basic ingredients that definitely belong in the Korean kitchen are Doenjang (fermented bean paste), gochujang (fermented red chili paste) and Chunjang (black bean paste). These 3 pastes set the basics for every Korean meal. Of course there’re loads more of these must-use ingredients, but these paste are eminent. As most of the Western dishes would start with onions and garlic, the Koreans use their paste. Though it sounds like a lot of fun to cook in Korea, the Koreans prefer eating out or ordering food. Since they have one of the smoothest and cheapest delivery systems in Seoul, the choice between cooking yourself and ordering it is easily made. They even developed a system which gives you the possibility to already order and pay for your groceries, while you’re taking the subway back home. Is that innovative and ingenious or what?! Their way of consuming diner is also something new for the Western culture. Koreans are all about sharing. Nobody will receive a plate with his own food. There’re no Korean Joey Tribianni who `’ doesn’t share food”. Their table is filled with rice and huge amount of side dishes. One of their most famous side dishes is Kimchi. Kimchi is a almost as old as Korea itself. Basically its fermented vegetables with a variety of seasonings. They used to store their jars with kimchi underground to keep it cool in summer and unfrozen in winter. It doesn’t sound like something that would become the countries most prominent dish. But don’t let looks nor stories deceive you. The Koreans really know what they’re doing when it comes to food. Let yourself be surprised by the rich flavours of their cuisine. We included a recipe for Bibimbap for you to set those hands to work. Don’t forget that Koreans aren’t like western people when it comes to putting spice in their food. If you’re not used to using red peppers in your food, try to be careful with using them. You might just burn yourself.