Seoul 2012, Day 2: A Meal Fit for a King

Any visitor to Korea will surely be treated with a Korean traditional meal. The presentation is exquisite and the whole meal an incredible experience. In total, there will be over 15 dishes. The number of dishes, the way each is prepared and how sophisticated it can be, vary among restaurants. But in general the number of dishes and the order they are served are pretty much similar.

The traditional Korean diet is based very much on vegetable and carb. It is very healthy and filling. For someone used to American diet and portion, though they cannot finish every single dish to the very end, they soon realize hunger comes around faster as there is not enough protein to go around.

First thing first: tea, then pickled daikon broth to stimulate digestion. Picture above.

Then pumpkin soup for first dish.

Followed by three different kinds of salads made from flour, acorn paste and agar.

They are not even considered main dishes: noodle; mushroom and fish cake.

Some steamed pork, should be enjoyed together with cabbage and kimchi in the delicate white round wrap, with dipping sauce. Not sure the main dish starts with this.

A kind of kimchi side dish comes along.

Then potato soup with beautifully sliced red and green bell peppers and yellow slices of omelet.

By this time, it is confusing why salad is served again with the soup. Or the wait person forgot to serve it earlier?

This is the main dish for sure: pork bulgogi.

Followed by another main dish: cold noddle.

And then rice cooked with ginkgo nuts in a lotus leaf. Also served together is vegetable soup.

Dessert finally: sweets.

And concentrated pomegranate juice to end the feast.

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One thought on “Seoul 2012, Day 2: A Meal Fit for a King

  1. It is so nice to see a formal Korean meal. Beautiful meal, beautiful pictures! I would love to find a restaurant like this in the US 😉

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