16. Deulkkaetang (들깨탕) – perilla seed stew – This creamy and grainy soup is pretty hard to find even within Korea, but once you do find it, you’ll love the thick and grainy soup which is made from perilla seeds. Usually mushrooms or tofu are added to give you a bit more to chew on for this popular temple food (aka vegetarian friendly). Try hanging out with buddhists (or finding temple food restaurants in Seoul) to eat this dish. (Click here for image)
17. Cheonggukjang (청국장) – fermented soy stew – Undoubtedly one of Korea’s smelliest foods, Cheonggukjang doesn’t get the publicity of other Korean foods. All Koreans eat doenjangjjigae (된장찌개), but not all Koreans enjoy its smelly cousin, cheonggukjang. But the ones that do, live and die by it! If you can get used to the smell, you’ll find yourself craving this awesome stew at the most random times (i.e. “man, that 2NE1 concert was awesome! Iunno why but I want some cheonggukjang now.” ). (Click here for image)
18. Maeuntang (매운탕) – Spicy soup – Although this dish can be a main dish, you might not have heard of it because it is also a common “left over” dish. You see, people usually order hoe (회), Korean style sashimi (raw fish), and use the leftover fish to make maeuntang. But don’t be fooled; this Korean food can be just as hearty with a bowl of rice. Find this at hoe restaurants nation wide!
19. Gamjatang (감자탕) – pork bone stew – This potato and pork combo is a spicy favorite for many Korean stew fans. Gamjatang restaurants aren’t so numerous abroad, but you’ll find these restaurants in every neighborhood in Korea. Usually sold in huge pots, this is a great communal dish for getting over a hangover or maybe even drinking a bottle or two to get a new one! Found everywhere in Korea. Really. (Click here for image)
20. Altang (알탕) – fish roe soup – If you’re a frequenter of local Korean bars, you may have heard of this soup. And although many Korean soups that are spicy may taste very similar, this one has a very distinct taste because of the hearty fish roe that infuses its flavors into the soup itself. Some restaurants outside of Korea may have this, but if not, try checking out a Korean bar. (Click here for image)
21. Sundaeguk (순대국) – blood sausage soup – If you know anything about Korean street food, sundae is one of the staples of street food vendors. Move it into a restaurant and they’ll put the sundae in an awesome robust soup that’ll make you feel like a local Korean that’s eating a very Korean meal. Sundaeguk restaurants are also commonly found throughout Korea.
22. Someorigukbap (소머리국밥) – ox head soup – Although there’s no ox head in your bowl (how silly would that be???), it’s traditionally made by boiling ox bones and an ox head in a big ol’ pot and adding some traditional medicinal herbs. Now, maybe no ox head (…maybe…), but this is one of those ultra hearty dishes that Korean ajeoshis love to eat and then let out a nice refreshing “kyaaaa!!!!” afterwards. (Click here for image)