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
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 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 Garden, Suseongdong 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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