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.

19 thoughts on “What Have I Eaten in Korea – Korean Food from iPhone”

    1. 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)!

  1. 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!

    1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. 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!

  3. 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! 🙂

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