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What Have I Eaten in Korea – Korean Food from iPhone


Me with my beloved iPhone, on my birthday two years ago


I was looking for photos from Korea for my lastest post, My Super Korean Identity Revealed. I lost a lot of photos after my five-year-old laptop broke down, so most of the old photos were from my phone. Ever since I got this phone (iPhone), two years ago, I took a lot of pictures, mostly to share on twitter, facebook and now instagram, but also it’s a handy camera. It never left my side. You know how it is. I had a hard time living in my country, but certainly I had some amazingly good times, according to these pictures. The whole phone photo album made me laugh, and miss my home a little.


Guess what the most pictures were about? “FOOD”! I couldn’t believe how many food photos I got, and how many different things that I’ve eaten for last two years. All the photos are taken with iPhone 3G. 


Street Food


The street food. My mum didn’t allow me to eat any kind of street food when I was little. It was unsanitary. My mum tried to made everything at home, even if it was a ridiculous thing my brother and I wanted to eat. But you can’t really beat the convenience of the street food. Sorry mum. They are just too good.


Tteokboki, street food

Tteokboki - the most famous street food in Korea

Streetfood stand with Tteokboki and fried vegetables




Korean BBQ


The biggest category of all: Korean BBQ! Samgyupsal, three layers pork belly, and sometimes five layers with a bottle of Korean beer and all the side dishes… they are the best. This is my favourite kind of eat-out food back home. You’d be surprised to know how many different things we Koreans can do with the pork.


Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ

Korean beer

Korean BBQ with Korean beer

Korean BBQ

Cooking Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ

Porkbelly BBQ

Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ with eggs and spring onions

Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ with garlic




We don’t buy kimchi; we make it at home. But there are regional style kimchi around the country. There are more than 100 different kinds, and now you can see most of them in the market. I bought some other kinds of kimchi when I was traveling in the south.



Kimchi for sale!


Cucumber Kimchi



Various food around the country


All the side dishes, hot soup, various kinds of rice, jean (pancake), alcohol… Most of the food have their stories and proper occasion to be eaten. I love that about Korean food. Some photos are from home, some are from the restaurants. Table full of food – that’s Korean style.


Dakdori tang, chicken soup

Dakdori tang - spicy chicken stew



Bibimbab - vegetables, egg, rice and hot sauce

A proper Korean food table setting

A proper Korean food table setting

After hiking

Pajeon and makgolli after hiking - this is the proper table setting after hiking. A glass of makgoli and pajean with kimchi. Classic.

Tangsuwyuk, Chinese food sweet and sour chicken

Tangsuwyuk, Chinese food sweet and sour chicken

Fried Chicken

Fried chicken with spring onions

Dombe gogi, JEju

Dombe gogi - Jeju cuisine

Dombe Gogi, Jeju

Dombe gogi - Jeju cuisine. The pork on the cutting board

PaJeon, vegetable pancake

Pajeon - vegetable pancake




Homemade mandoo at home during the new years

Traditional Market selling Korean food

Traditional Market selling Korean food. Most of them are holiday ceremonial food.

Traditional Market, jeokgal

Traditional Market - jeokgal and side dishes for sale


Mandooguk - mandoo soup


Fresh sushi on the fishing boat in Jeju. We caught the fish, and the captain made it into sushi.



Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. ChinaMatt says:

    That looks so good. I’m tempted to spend a month or two in Korea next year, but I’m not sure I want to go during the winter. At least I know I’ll eat well.

    • Juno says:

      You’ll eat well! Eating culture in Korea is just heavenly. Winter is not so bad; just it’s worse in the city center, but it’s beautiful in the winter. Everything’s okay with the ondol (heated floor)!

  2. Nicole says:

    Don’t worry. I took notes for my trip to South Korea in October 😉

    Thanks for sharing these delicious pics Juno! 🙂

  3. Bessie says:

    Yumm! These make me want Korean food so bad! That BBQ pic with the eggs and onion around the edge looks really cool. Id never seen that before! And your kimchi pics are torturous!

    That’s sad you lost your photos on your computer, but thank goodness for the iPhone pics. I definitely relate I take almost all my pictures with it now, an similarly, most of mine are of with food!

    • Juno says:

      One of the photo of BBQ is from when we met! 🙂 It’s hard to recognize by only three pieces of meat in the picture. I would love some Korean food right now! Funny, I didn’t have any cravings when I was in America for three months, but now I’m having little bit of cravings in Europe!

  4. Yay for the massive section devoted to BBQ! I’m heading out for samgyeopsal shortly I think…either that, or dalkgalbi! My two favourites, mmm! Plus gyeranjjim, kimchijjigae, bibimbap, bulgogi, mandu…I’m going to miss Korean food SO much when I leave in March. Maybe I’ll have to take a few packs of kimchi and some bottles of makkeolli with me…

    BTW you’re so right about the street food. Ddeokbokki and hoddeok are my two favourites, and I love the gukhwabbang that you get in winter. Little packets of heaven!

    • Juno says:

      Ohh gukhwabbang. Do you like bungubbang too? Did you know gukhwabbang is a really old street food? It was like when my parents were young, it was popular. Please eat some more BBQ for me! 🙂 I occasionally find Kimchi in the Asian market, but it’s really expensive in Europe. It’s cheaper in the US since there’s so many Asians around!

  5. Jenny says:

    This post made my mouth water. One day I’m going to go back to Korea and spend about a week just EATING!

  6. Mark Wiens says:

    You are torturing me Juno! Bring back some amazing memories I had while eating in Seoul. Korean BBQ is surely one of the great single meals of the world!

  7. Rosie says:

    Thanks for sharing these delicious pictures! I used to live in Asia (Korea for two years and Taiwan for two years) and now that I’m in south America I really, really miss Asian food. My favourite restaurant here in La Paz is a Korean place called Corea Town! 🙂

  8. The Korean street food looks interesting! Is that mini hot dogs in tomato sauce that street vendor is selling?

  9. lilian says:

    Wow! All the pics are making me crave Korean food….

  10. I miss Korean food and living in Korea! I literally was salivating looking at this post. Great photos!

  11. Michael says:

    I miss Korean food so much! Might have to try to find the best place in DC for it.

  12. Yuna says:

    Oh my J, i am drooling over all of the pictures. Oh, Korean food are all so great and fulfilling. <3

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