Krupal Mehta, Mumbai, Maharashtra: For Korean people, rice is more than just a food item. Despite being a staple dish on its own, it is also used towards Korean skin-care and beauty frequently. In older times, rice has also been perceived as a symbol of prosperity and to determine the status of people based on the quantity of rice they used to store at their homes. Rice has two names in Korea- the uncooked rice is called Ssal and the cooked rice is known as Bap. There are many South Korean dishes that can be made using rice as the main ingredient. Let’s see how!
Anushka Gupta (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh); Aanchal Tekriwal (Mahagama, Jharkhand); Ayushi Saxena (Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh); Smiti Iyer (New Delhi); Shruti Mishra (Noida, Uttar Pradesh); Shalini Roy (Kolkata, West Bengal): If you are one of those people who have been craving to have Korean food and are eager to experience the mouth-watering flavours and delight from South Korea, but cannot due to the pandemic, then this article is just for you! Korea Tourism Organization India held a virtual K-Food Series event, that took place between 1st June and 4th June, including a three day video series on their Instagram TV (IGTV) followed by a quiz day event. Famous Indian Personalities such as Chef Kunal Kapur, Chef Sanjyot Keer, Rocky and Mayur were invited to show how to make different Korean Dishes in this series that will prompt you to try cooking them at your home!
Riya Choudhary, Delhi: Lee Jong-suk is one of the top actors in South Korea. He debuted as a runaway model and later joined the world of acting. We all know him as a handsome, charming, and talented actor, known for his works in School 2013, Pinocchio, While You Were Sleeping, W, Romance is a Bonus Book, among others.
Jubby Kumar, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh: Korean culture, music, and cuisine have attracted many people around the globe. But when it comes to the South Korean beverages i.e. the Korean drinks, people have limited knowledge. A lot of people only know Soju and Maekju because of K-dramas. So here is a list of some refreshing beverages that are popular among South Korean people.
Nehal Tambe, Mumbai, Maharashtra: Tteokbokki is every K-pop/K-drama or Korean culture fan’s starter pack food. Tteokbokki (떡볶이) is a popular Korean snack that consists of rice cakes coated in a sweet-spicy sauce made of Korean chili paste and topped with vegetables. This is one of the first Korean dishes that fans get to know about, but as accessible as K-pop and K-dramas are to us, Korean food is still far from reach to most. The ingredients or the readymade dish is not widely available. Even if it is, it’s quite expensive. So, what do we do? We create our own version! Korean food with Korean ingredients at home! Let’s make it!
Gauran Sharma, Delhi: If you’re new to the topic of Korean snacks, then I would suggest to not underestimate the Korean instant food market. You will be surprised at the varieties and brands of instant food that are available at every regular convenience store across South Korea. All K-drama and K-pop lovers know what it’s like to drool over the meals that that is shown in their favorite dramas or V-Lives. But in real life, it is just some convenience-store-food that most Koreans have the means to access easily. So, if you ever get the chance to go to Korea or you get some easy access to Korean-convenience-store-food, these are some must-try items on the list:
Ashley Kumar, Delhi: Ever since I became a Korean Culture Enthusiast, I always wanted to try Korean food. Watching actors eat in the most satisfying way possible in K-dramas, made me want to try it too. I came across the opportunity in 2017 to try Korean food in Busan Restaurant located in Majnu Ka Tilla, Delhi.