It’s been getting hot in Korea and rainy days are coming. The days are getting longer too unlike during 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 to 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. This one is a purple berry that you can buy at Ikseon-dong. There’s 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 contents 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), 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 balance.
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 is I can say taste differently among 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 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 favorite 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 depends on what do 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, in hot summer days like these, this Korean cold noodles is one of the best food to make your body cools 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 in the hottest days in Korea.
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