Mulhui is a spicy chilled sashimi soup. Are you a fan of sashimi and naengmyun? Well Mulhui will be perfect for you! Mulhui can have different variations of seafood depending on your preference such as squid, octopus, raw fish etc.
Naengkongguksu are noodles served with chilled soy bean broth. The soy bean broth is very thick, creamy, and milky in consistency and the dish is usually served with sliced cucumbers, peanuts, and ice cubes! Some people like to add a tablespoon of sugar just before eating and it is a great vegetarian option…oh, and yes we do eat the ice cubes 😀
Kimchimariguksu are rice noodles served with kimchi slices, a boiled egg, cucumbers, and chilled kimchi broth! This dish is compliments well after a meal of samgyupsal or other Korean BBQ meals as a savoury dessert.
A.K.A Acorn jelly salad! Dotorimuk is made from acorn starch. It is a popular side dish in Korea and it’s usually dressed in a delicious spicy sauce made from soy sauce, sesame oil, chilli powder, garlic, and sesame seeds. YUMMY!
Dalkkalguksu is a hot broth of chicken and noodles! Just like Samgyetang this hot dish is considered a summer food as it acts as replenishment for lost internal heat in the summer. ‘Kalguksu’ literally ‘knife noodles’ which refers to noodles being cut by a knife rather than spun. Dalkkalguksu is usually served with zuccinis and a bowl of green onions drenched in a special vinegar sauce. It may not look like it but eating the chicken sandwiched between vinegar dipped green onions make you cool down a lot after from the heat. Give it a try! 😉
This is grilled eel! Don’t let the snakey shaped fish put you off as the eel is rich in Vitamins A and E. These vitamins are essential for blood circulation and it helps restore your lost appetite in the summer.
Korea has some really quirky and unique ice creams. They are available in all convenience stores and supermarkets and they’re very very very cheap! The ice cream varies in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. If you are too spoilt for choice, definitely try out the Korean classic, Melona bar!
Do you have any unique dishes especially to fight the heat in your country? Let us know in the comments section below!
Words by Ken Lee (Blogger and Korean Lifestyle blogger for Seoul State of Mind).
‘Like’ his facebook page here for daily updates!