This section provides information on Korean food in general. By explaining curious ingredients or customs, you will learn what to watch out for when doing grocery shopping and how to better experience Korean food culture.
There are several subsections, which are structured by a unifying theme as follows:
Phenomenons of Korean food culture
- 🏃♂️🥕🤸♀️ Veggie Life in Korea – What’s life like as a vegan / vegetarian? A personal story reflecting typical experiences in Korean society.
- 🍔💄📸 Food Fashion – What is that?
- 🍻🌱🥂 Alcohol and Food – What can vegans and vegetarians eat?
- 🍞❓🍰 Bread is Not Bread – Is Korean bread vegan?
- 🍯🚫🐝 Honey or No-Honey – What is honey and what is vegan?
- 🚙🥡🚌 On the Road – Where can you eat on a road trip in Korea?
- 🥾🗻🍣 Hiking in Korea – Where and what can you eat on mountains?
- 📿☸️🙏 Temple Food and Forbidden Foods – What is Buddhist food and why are there eating taboos?
- 🌸🥢🌼 Food and Flowers in Korea – Which flowers are edible? What is a flower cafe?
- 🌱🚫🌾 Gluten-free Vegan – Surviving gluten-free AND vegan?
Korea’s natural food colors – #EatTheRainbow
- ❤️ Red
- 🧡 Orange
- 💛 Yellow
- 💚 Green – Nokcha 녹차 and ssuk 쑥
- 💜 Purple – sweet potatoes
- 🖤 Black – animal- versus plant-based
Ingredients of Korean cuisine – regional & veggie-friendly
- 🌾 Cereal grains
- 🍮 Tofu and soy products
- 🍮 Son-dubu 손두부 – firm hand-made tofu
- 🍮 Yeon-dubu 연두부 – soft tofu
- 🍮 Korean jellies
- 🌱 Dotori-muk 도토리묵 – bitter but delicious acorn jelly
- 🌱 Gonyak 곤약 – smells like squid!
- 🌱 Memil-muk 메밀묵 – buckwheat jelly
- 🌱 Nokdu-muk 녹두묵 / Cheongpo-muk 청포묵 – mung bean jelly
- 🌱 Olbang-gae-muk 올방개묵 – jelly made of water chestnut
- 🌱 Umuk 우묵 – low calorie summer jelly made from seaweed
- 🌱 Hancheon 한천 – agar, gelling agent extracted from seaweed
- 🐷 Gelatin – watch out: hidden gelatin!
- 🥕 Vegetables
- 🌿 Spring greens – a seasonal treat
- 🍠 Lotus roots – beautiful as the flower
- 🍠 Sweet potatoes – edible every way
- 🥔 Potatoes – snack or staple?
- 🥔 Ma 마 – mysterious mild medicine?
- 🌷 Doraji 도라지 – purple flowers with powerful roots
- 🌱 Kongnamul 콩나물 – soybean sprouts VS mung bean sprouts
- 🌿 Gosari 고사리 – ferns not worms!
- 🌶 Chili peppers 고추 – classic Korean seasoning but not since long!
- 🧄 Garlic, onion and scallion 오신채 – the Five Forbidden Vegetables in Buddhism
- 🍇 Fruit
- 🍅 Tomatoes – sweet AND salty
- 🌰 Nuts
- 🟡 Ginkgo 은행 – hidden treasures
- 🌿 Seaweed