13 Foods Koreans Don’t Miss in America

Koreans in America find comfort and connection to their roots via familiar food items. The US, a melting pot of cultures, widely accepts Korean foods, enhancing their sense of belonging.

Ramyeon (Instant Noodles)

Instant noodles or ramyeon are iconic Korean foods and a staple in many Korean homes. Numerous flavors and brands exist like Shin Ramyun, Jin Ramen, and Neoguri.

Kimbap (Rice and Seaweed Rolls)

Kimbap, or Korean sushi, is a popular snack/light meal in Korea, made of steamed rice, vegetables, meat rolled in seaweed. It's enjoyed by Koreans in America too.

Jjajangmyeon (Black Bean Noodles)

Jjajangmyeon, black bean noodles from Chinese cuisine, is a favored dish in Korea. It's made of thick wheat noodles, black bean paste, pork, and veggies, and is popular in US Korean restaurants.

Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes)

Tteokbokki, spicy rice cake street food from Korea has gained global popularity. Made from soft rice cakes in a spicy sauce, typically with gochujang, it's sold in US Korean markets.

Kimchi (Fermented Vegetables)

Kimchi, a Korean staple, is a fermented dish made from napa cabbage and vegetables, flavored with spicy seasonings. Many Koreans in the US make or buy it from Korean markets.

Bulgogi (Marinated Beef)

"Bulgogi, or “fire meat,” is a popular Korean dish of perfectly grilled, marinated beef. Its sweet and savory flavor stems from a marinade of soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and sesame oil.

Bibimbap (Mixed Rice Bowl)

"Bibimbap", a popular Korean dish available in US restaurants, is mixed rice with various vegetables, meat, and eggs, served with gochujang sauce for extra flavor.

Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly)

Samgyeopsal, a social meal of grilled pork belly, is often enjoyed with friends and family. Thin slices are grilled at the table and wrapped in lettuce with condiments like garlic and chili paste.

Soju (Alcoholic Beverage)

Soju, a Korean alcoholic drink, is often served with meals or during social events. It’s a clear, rice-based liquor with lower alcohol content, available at Korean stores and restaurants in the US.

Bingsu (Shaved Ice Dessert)

Bingsu, a dessert with shaved ice, sweetened red beans, fruit, and condensed milk toppings, is popular in Korea and Korean American dessert cafes.

Andong Jjimdak (Braised Chicken)

Andong jjimdak, a Korean dish from Andong, includes braised chicken, vegetables, and glass noodles in a savory sauce. It's popular among Koreans in America.

Dakgalbi (Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken)

Dakgalbi, a dish of spicy marinated chicken stir-fried with veggies like cabbage and sweet potatoes, is cooked at the table for an interactive dining experience in many US Korean restaurants.

Soon Dubu Jjigae (Soft Tofu Stew)

Soon dubu jjigae, a comforting soft tofu stew cooked in a spicy broth with veggies, seafood, or meat, is a popular dish worldwide, especially in Korean-American restaurants.

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