If you love to eat spicy food, South Korea is one of the countries in Asia to visit.
Korean food is incomplete without Kimchi or chilli paste on the side. Almost every dish in South Korea contains Gochujang, which is essentially a savory, spicy, and pungent fermented Korean condiment made from red chilli.
That said, these are the 7 Korean Food Every Spicy Food Lovers Should Try In Korea.
1. Spicy Rice Cakes (Tteokbokki)
Tteokbokki is a Korean street food snack made with chewy rice cakes, stir fried in a spicy and thick gochujang sauce, then topped with fish cakes, a hard-boiled egg and some scallions. These spicy rice cakes are super addictive despite some can be extremely spicy due to overwhelming amount of gochujang sauce.
2. Korean Fried Chicken (Chikin)
Korean Fried Chicken are usually double fried until extra crispy, then smothered in a sticky, sweet and spicy sauce. Some of the key ingredients to make the sauce is gochujang, soy sauce, garlic and ginger.
3. Fire Chicken (Buldak)
Buldak is a heavily spiced barbecued chicken dish in Korea, cooked primarily with chili powder and gochujang. If you can’t take the spiciness, do order it topped with cheese as it alleviate the spiciness of the chicken.
4. Army Stew (Budae jjigae)
Army Stew is a stew dish created soon after the end of the Korean war when food was scarce. Thus, the Korean started to use leftover food from US army bases such as spam, sausage and sliced ham combined with traditional Korean ingredients such as Kimchi and gochujang. Today Army Stew is widely available in Korea and is one of the most popular hot pot dishes in the country.
5. Stir Fried Octupus (Nakji bokkeum)
Octopus tentacles are cut into bite-sized pieces then pan stir-fried with spicy gochujang, Nakji bokkeum is a classic favorite among seafood lovers and can be found on most menus of Korean restaurants.
6. Korean Seafood Noodle Soup (Jjambbong)
Jjambbong is spicy noodle soup in seafood or pork broth that is loaded with various type of seafood. This hearty dish was developed by early Chinese immigrants in Korea during the Japanese forced occupation.
7. Braised Short-rib Stew (Maeundae galbijjim)
Generally Galbijjim is sweet and savory beef ribs until chilli and gochujang is being dropped into the stew mix, as a result it become Maeundae galbijjim which literally translate to Spicy Beef Rib Stew.
Craving for Korean spicy food?
To cook a delicious spicy Korean dish, Gochujang is an essential ingredient.
If you would like to get a taste of Gochujang without flying to Korea, here’s where you can try this classic Korean chilli paste.
Malaysian’s beloved fried chicken brand KFC is now offering fried chicken with a Korean twist.
Dubbed KFC Spicy Gochujang Crunch, this latest menu promotion is a combination of a spicy honey Gochujang sauce and KFC Hot & Spicy chicken.
Priced from RM15.30, the KFC Spicy Gochujang Crunch meal promotion is available in 2-piece and 3-piece chicken combo meals.
Each combo meal comes with Spicy Honey Gochujang sauce, signature KFC sides of coleslaw and whipped potato, along with a premium refreshing beverage, Tropicana Tropical.
This post is brought to you by KFC Malaysia.