What to eat during Summer in Korea?

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Traveling to Korea this summer? Check this out for the best and most healthy foods that you can try to eat during summer in Korea.

It’s been getting hot in Korea and rainy days are coming. The days are getting longer too unlike during the winter season 6 in the evening is already dark but during the summer season, the days are longer. During the summer in Korea, it is extremely hot. I lived in the Philippines since my childhood but the Korean hot weather is hotter than in my home country. That’s why Korea has the best foods that you can eat during summer to cool down your body and offset too much sweating during the hot season.

Summer Food #8: Ice Cream

ice cream

During summer, ice cream is the most like dessert that you can see anywhere. The one in this photo is the rose ice cream of Milkybee at Myeongdong. There are a lot of kinds of Korean ice cream too, that you can buy at their cheapest price.

Summer Food #7: Oimuchim

oi muchim
Oi-muchim is one of the side dishes that are made during summer, it is a sliced cucumber marinated in vinegar and red chili flakes. Cucumber is the best vegetable during the hot season because it contains high water and crisp texture. Then you’ll add vinegar and chili flakes to make it tastier.

Summer Food #6: Chimaek


I know everyone knows what is Chimaek, it’s chicken and maek-ju (beer), and it’s been seen in Korean drama’s all the time. Eating chicken together with beer is greater than eating it all alone, especially when you are hanging out with friends. When you order fried chicken it usually comes with the side dishes cucumber (pickles) and radish cubes  (pickles), which make the food you eat to be in balanced.

Summer Food #5: Jangeo Gui


My father-in-law says when you eat Jangeo-gui your body will feel stronger because it contains more vitamins and minerals that will prepare your body for the coming summer. This fish is actually called “grilled eel” in English.  I like eating fish especially when it is grilled or fried, and this one I can say tastes differently from other fish dishes because it’s so delicious.

Summer Food #4: Kongguksu

I am not a soybean lover but I tried this one before during the summer season too before going to First Garden in Paju. Gong-guksu is a dish with cold noodles with a creamy and thick broth made of soybeans. The starchy noodles and creamy broth with ice cubes and a little cucumber and sesame seeds make the taste perfect and refreshing.

Summer Food #3: Bingsu


One of my favorites during summer is Bingsu. It’s like Halo-halo in the Philippines and it also has shaved ice, fruits on top, and others. It has a lot of variety depending on what you want to eat. Some have mangoes,  chocolates, etc but the most famous Korean bingsu is the Patbingsu.

Summer Food #2: Naengmyeon


냉면 (naeng-myeon) or Cold Noodles, on hot summer days like these, these Korean cold noodles is one of the best food to make your body cool right away. The cold broth is a little sweet, tangy and savory and the noodles are soft but need to chew at the same time. This can be served spicy or not.

Summer Food #1: Samgyetang


Samgyetang or ginseng chicken soup is a dish with a whole chicken boiled in broth and filled with garlic, rice, jujube, and ginseng. This is a warm soup during summer days that is actually good for health.

This dish is popular to eat on Korean  3 hottest days of the year called sambok (삼복) days and these are Chobok (초복), Jungbok (중복), and Malbok (말복) usually fall during July and August. Chobok means the beginning, 10 days later it’s jungbok the middle, and 20 days after the is the last one malbok.

I’ll be trying this one again because I really sweat a lot during summer here in Korea. If you’ll be traveling here too in the hot season, better try this so you can survive on the hottest days in Korea. Aside from these foods, there are also perfect places to visit in summer like Seoul Iris GardenSuseongdong Valley, and Uidong Valley. A yacht tour at Seoul Marina Yacht and Club is also perfect activity during summer. If you have kids and trying to avoid the heat of summer, playing or reading comic books at Seoul Animation Center is great.

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  1. Great recommendations! Oi muchim is my favorite side dish to have in summer. Back when I used to eat chicken, I would have chimek near the Han River with my friends; it’s a super popular summer activity. These days I’m eating a lot of watermelon and chamoe to stay cool in Seoul.

    1. It’s my favorite sidedish too during summer.
      Chimek near Han River~~~that’s a great experience to do with your friends. I will.poat about summer fruits too this week or next week. Still taking photos 🙂

  2. Your blog post makes me want to travel to korea to taste their foods!. I am so curious about their culture, I am not familiar with their foods because there’s only a few korean restaurants around our area. I want to try their Bingsu and the korean ice cream and see how it taste compared to filipino foods…

  3. ice cream.. oimuchim, bingsu waaaaant!!! havent tried oimuchim though..pero mahilig ako sa cucumber!! yung iba medyo alangan ako.. hmm picky haha! btw pag summer lang to available or me mga stores na kahit winter merong ganto

  4. I have never seen these dishes ever before even in Korean Drama series I’ve been watching. Samgyetang is giving me a Philippine Tinola vibe. The Ice cream looks thick and very tasty too. Great recommendation btw, these foods might be on of those I will see when we pay a visit there.

    1. For me mas malapit sya sa lugaw kasi may rice yang samgyetang. There’s another chicken soup na mas close sa tinola natin.

  5. Uy I love all the food. Kahit summer kumakain pa rin sila ng mainit na sabaw eh no? Hehe galing! Pero pinakagusto ko yung #8, #7, and #6. Parang masasarap!

    1. Yes ung Samgyetang need kumain nyan pag summer talaga.
      yung kongguksu alam ko malamig yan nakalimutan ko isang beses lang kasi ako kumain nyan hindi ko type ahaha

  6. Some restos sell Bingsu here in the Philippines but not a lot. My favorite talaga sa Korean cuisine is their delectable ice cream! I always buy the blueberry yogurt ice cream here sa Korean grocery store near our house. 🙂

  7. wow, that bingsu always the best treat! The rest I could eat even not summer, spicy flavours are good during winter too. Hope you are doing great in Korea 🙂

  8. All of these are soooo good, but I’m not a huge fan of cold noodles. I tried it once, but maybe I’m not used to noodles neing cold.

    1. Noong bago ako dito hindi din ako fan ng cold noodles pero ngayon yan na ang hinahanap kong food lalo ang init ng summer dito mas mainit pa sa summer ng Pinas.

  9. When I went to Korea before i find it interesting that most restaurants main specialty is chicken and beer! Then i realized koreans loved this food combo! I’d like yo try these other korean food you listed! The cold noodles looks yummy!

  10. Food is one of the main reason why I want to visit South Korea. There are so many foods to try and I am very much curious about their taste. Among the foods that you mentioned, I’ve only tried Bingsu. Hope I could visit South Korea soon 🙂

  11. Whatever the season is, I will always go with Chicken and Beer. Gosh I miss alcohol haha But, that cucumber looks interesting. Among all those food varieties, the cucumber snack is the healthiest.

  12. I don’t know ha, but it made me craved for cheese ramen and kimchi! Hahahahahahaha. Good thing I always stock kimchi sa ref. Kaso wala naman cheese noodles. 🙁

  13. I love all the food from korea. I’ve only tried bingsu from that list, but the others I’m so curious to check out!!! Totally gonna have one hell of a fold trip when I’m visiting korea. Hahaha

  14. I never tried any Korean food. With this informative post, i will definitely try Korean food when we have a chance to visit Korea. I think almost Korean food are spicy. This Samgyetang looks like nilagang manok with herbs

  15. this is the hottest summer, they say!!! ready na natin ang mga summer food! and nakaschedule na sa akin ang 3 hottest days for samgyetang:-)

  16. This is one of the reasons why I WOULD LOVE TO VISIT KOREA. Sayang kasi nacancel last april. Yung food talaga eh. Tapos malalaman ko pa dito na madami pakong pwede itry na masarap din. Lalo na tong chicken haha. Yum!

  17. Korea is one of my dream destination.Hindi lang magagandang lugar ang dadayuhin kundi kailangan mo din tigman Ang mga pagkain nila. Sana makarating din diyan sa Korea.Sigurado ako masasarap ang pagkain nila.I love spicy foods.

  18. Mas mainit po pala ang Korea kesa dito sa Pilipinas.. Akala ko po kasi mas mainit dito sa bansa natin..Anyway isa sa pagkain ang dahil kung bakit pinapangarap ko talaga makarating dyan sa Korea. Gusto ko din talga malaman kung ano ang mga lasa nito. 🤗 At marami din talagang pagkain na gusto kong masubukan.. Lalo na po itong mga nabanggit nyo.. 🤗🤗❤️❤️ Ang saya siguro na makarating dyan at umaasa talaga ako balang araw na makakapunta din ako dyan ..🤗

  19. Grabe nman talaga sa sarap ng mga Food and Dessert jan sa Korea ate Jin, Bata Or Matanda sobrang May Mga Maggustuhan talaga Sila at Babalik-balikan mo pa .. ice cream super nice make 😅😋🤤 looks yummy and refreshing na tlgang pantanggal init ng panahon 👌💯

  20. It’s really amazing that Korea have the best and healthy foods that you can try to eat during summer. It’s always better to have something to cool you off especially during hot season. I really love food that is at the cheapest price. I really want to try these foods too.

  21. I’ll eat Oimuchim even if it’s not summer, heehee! I love it too much to wait for the sun to come out. 🙂 I’ve never tried cold noodles ever, so I’m not sure if I’ll appreciate it or not. I tried the K-Bingsu but I didn’t like it very much.

  22. grabe naman po pala dyan ang init pag summer talaga sa korea gusto ko po ma try yung Rose ice cream of milkybee grabe ang ganda ng presentation po 🥰tapos yung konggukso po na cold noodles kaya po pala ganun ay soybeans pala siya… ang daming interesting food na pwedeng pwede po pala i try dyan thank you for sharing po🥰

  23. Thank you po for sharing.dahil sa blog na ito kahit papano nagkaroon ako ng idea sa mga foods sa korea. Yong Bingsu talaga ang masarap matikman. Na curios din ako don sa fish nila.

  24. Ang ganda talaga pumunta dyan, ang daming must try na pagkain. Iyong iba dito napapanood ko sa KDrama pero may bago sa paningin ko iyong Kongguksu.

  25. Ang sasarap naman ng mga summer foods sa korea , pero ang gusto ko tlga matikman ung bingsu 😍


  27. I was really intrigue with cold noodles siince I havent tried one and I also heard that there’s cold noodles in Japan too!! I’d love to try the grilled eel too!! Looks interesting to eat!! Thanks for this!

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