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Tim: Hi, everyone! Tim here! I am joined in the studio by…
Debbie: Hello everyone! Debbie here! Welcome to our “All About” series. This is All About Lesson 7.
Tim: That’s right. This series deals with everything you ever wanted to know about Korea.
Debbie: Okay, what’s today’s topic, Tim?
Tim: Debbie, are you hungry?
Debbie: Yes, I am…why?
Tim: Then, I'm sorry, because... today’s topic is “All About” Korean Food!
Debbie: Oh~ Korean food is so~~ good! Tim, before we talk about Korean food any further, why don’t we talk about the basics of Korean food first?
Tim: Okay, sure! First, Koreans have a rich food culture but, generally, the Korean diet is rice-based.
Debbie: Yes, each person is given an individual bowl of rice, and a variety of small dishes of veggies, meats and fish are placed in the middle of the table for everyone to share.
Tim: And also, Korean food uses a wide variety of ingredients, so it is good for your health.
Debbie: Yes! That’s exactly why I love Korean food so much. It’s the perfect package – it’s healthy, nutritious, varied, it’s low in calories, and relatively cheap when compared to a Western diet. Okay, then what’s next?
Tim: Now let’s move onto “Regional dishes”.
Debbie: Oh! That’s right! There are famous dishes that are unique to each region in Korea.
Tim: Yes. There are certain regions that are famous for one dish.
Debbie: Like… the city of 전주 is very famous for 비빔밥 “Korean mixed rice”
Tim: Yes! We call that, “전주 비빔밥!” Hmm…Yummy!
Debbie: And the city of 춘천 is very famous for 닭갈비 “Korean spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables”.
Tim: Yes, we call that, “춘천 닭갈비!” My mouth is watering!
Debbie: Wow~mine is too! At least, it makes traveling to the different regions in Korea more interesting! By the way, if you can'T catch the names of these dishes, make sure to check out the PDF - they are all written in there!
By the way Tim, what about 김치? I'm sure many of our listeners already know 김치...
Tim: That will be mentioned in our next topic – “Popular Korean Dishes”.
Debbie: Oh…So what are some popular dishes throughout Korea?
Tim: The simple answer for that is 김치 and 불고기. What is 김치, Debbie?
Debbie: 김치 is a traditional fermented Korean dish, made of vegetables with varied seasonings.
Tim: I must say that 김치 is very unique.
Debbie: Unique? In what way?
Tim: 김치 is the #1 popular dish in Korea…hands down…but, not amongst non-Koreans. I found that many foreigners don’t like the smell and taste…Even for me, when I was little, I didn’t like 김치 at all.
Debbie: Ahh, I've heard that too. It has a very strong smell, so that's part of the reason. So then, what would be a popular Korean dish for non-Koreans?
Tim: I guess… 불고기.
Debbie: Ah~~ 불고기! 불고기 is “roasted beef with seasoning”. I love 불고기 as well. Listeners, regardless of which dishes are good or popular, just about anything you can get in a decent restaurant in Korea is very good and moderate in price.
Tim: So, we recommend that you try as many dishes as possible.
Debbie: Yes, I agree! Okay. So now that we’ve covered the popular dishes, what’s next?
Tim: We’re moving onto “seasonal dishes”!
Debbie: “Seasonal dishes?” What do you mean by that?
Tim: Seasonal dishes for special events or a certain period of time.
Debbie: Ah~~ got it. For example, on 설날, “New Years Day”, Korean people eat 떡국, ""rice-cake soup"", to celebrate their becoming a year older.
Tim: Yes, everybody in Korea gets one year older on 설날, New Year’s Day, and we eat 떡국 together. Don’t ask me why…
Debbie: I know. I know. It’s just the tradition and culture, right?
Tim: That’s right.
Debbie: I also heard that there is a very popular dish to cool you down during those hot summer days.
Tim: Ah~~ yes! The staple summer food…냉면 !
Debbie: Yes, 냉면is basically ""a bowl of cold noodles served in an iced broth with sliced beef and half of a hard-boiled egg"".
Tim: That’s right. 냉면 is what many Korean people crave during the hot and humid summers, including myself and my mom.
Debbie: 하하~~ Like mother, like son. Okay, so what do we have next?
Tim: Well, let’s see what I have here…
(sound of paper unfolding)
Debbie: Is it a list of the “top 5 favorite Korean dishes” recommended by you?
Tim: Actually. Yes! I made a list for you and our listeners.
Debbie: Okay. Awesome! Why don’t you start with number 5?
Tim: # 5 – 김밥.
Debbie: 김밥 is made with steamed rice and various vegetables and meat.
Tim: and 김밥 is rolled in 김, which is dried seaweed.
Debbie: That was a good choice. What’s number 4 on your list?
Tim: 김치찌개 – Kimchi hot pot.
Debbie: Yes, 김치찌개 is a stew made with kimchi and other ingredients like pork, tofu and green onions. It is usually served boiling hot in a pot right, Tim?
Tim: Yes, it is one of the most commonly cooked dishes both at home and in restaurants. I can even cook 김치찌개 by myself 하하~~~!
Debbie: Yeah~ that’s right! Last time when I visited your apartment, you cooked 김치찌개. And…
Tim: AND!???
Debbie: Never mind...What's number three?
Tim: 아~~ It was “so good, you were at a loss for words.” “Thank you Debbie!”
Debbie: 어~~ Sure. It was definitely your own version of김치찌개, but enough about김치찌개…let’s move onto number three.
Tim: Number 3 is 불고기.
Debbie: As we explained earlier, 불고기 is roasted beef with seasoning.
Tim: 불고기 is usually served for house guests in Korea.
Debbie: Okay, number two?
Tim: 삼겹살
Debbie: 삼겹살 is a dish that consists of think, fatty sliced of pork belly meat. You eat 삼겹살 with a special dipping paste, which is made with chili paste and soybean paste.
Tim: The way I eat 삼겹살 is by wrapping it with lettuce and adding a piece of grilled onion or garlic.
Debbie: And finally what’s number one?
Tim: 비빔밥.
Debbie: 비빔밥 is “mixed rice” with various veggies and some meat. It’s a very healthy and nutritious dish!
Tim: Yes, and it’s very tasty!
Debbie: Oh, my goodness… I am so hungry now!
Tim: Oh yeah~!? Should I make you my 김치찌개 again? I know you want my 김치찌개~!!!
Debbie: Uhh..sure…But I think the listeners want to try some, too. Right, guys? Be sure to send Tim a personal request! Well, that wraps up today’s All About Korea. Thanks everyone for listening and see you again next time.
Tim: 감사합니다 여러분, 다음 시간에 또 만나요~~


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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안녕하세요 Tim! The region dish thing fascinates me. I've been to Seoul but didn't travel far outside the city. I dig 비빔밥 here in Los Angeles but am now determined to find out what's the deal with the 전주 비빔밥. 'Must be great! 떡국 is also tasty. My in-laws make a great version. I could eat that more than once a year for sure! :wink: The PDF mentions the concern among Korean people that the Korea food is often too salty. That's a great point! Much of the food is indeed very healthy. Yet, I have in-laws who have become seriously ill due to overconsumption of salt. It's not just an American problem! So watch that salt. If you're a number-geek like me, it's handy to remember that 1500 mg each day is plenty. And it adds up fast!

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Monday at 04:43 PM
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Hello 유라

They are! You should definitely try!

Enjoy your study and feel free to let us know if you have any inquiries!

Kind regards,

Hyeon Yeong Seo

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Friday at 06:03 AM
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It all sounds 맛있습니다!

Thank you for the lesson.

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Wednesday at 04:28 PM
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Hi Ian,

In Korea, some people blow their nose in the office if they have a cold--as most people will not take the day off unless they are seriously ill. Thanks for sharing the customs of your country with us. :smile:



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Tuesday at 08:37 PM
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Some people in my country deem it rude to blow your nose in an office when others are working but when eating in fine unless its a formal meal. Glad to hear I can just turn my head rather than go to a bathroom for this. :smile:

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Hello ʻAnalū Kalaka,

Thanks for commenting.

It is never good to discuss food late at night as you end up having a late night snack! :flushed:



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ʻAnalū Kalaka
Monday at 07:07 AM
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린 선생님 안녕하세요! (Hello Lyn!)

Reading my post again, I am getting hungry too!

가르쳐 주셔서 고맙습니다. (Thanks for the help.)

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Hi ʻAnalū Kalaka,

Thank you for posting, reading your comment is making me hungry! :smile:

Hope you have many more opportunities to taste various Korean foods in the future.



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ʻAnalū Kalaka
Monday at 10:40 PM
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Korean food is such a fascinating topic! I swear that I could devout a whole blog to Korean food because it is so healthy and delicious. It is extremely unfortunate that Korean food isn't as widely known around the globe as some Asian food from other countries especially thinking about how tasty and healthy it is. Anyway, anyone who has visited Korea will surely spread the word back home about the delicious dishes and moderate costs of the food there. Also, I think that in comparison to other Asian recipes, you don't need a whole lot of special ingredients to cook Korean food. Probably if you have 고추장 (gochujang or red pepper paste), soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic, fresh vegetables and meat or fish together with rice, you could make a few Korean dishes like a pro!

I have several favorites 갈비, 감자탕, 양념치킨, 짜장면, 만두, 떡갈비, 족발,... Oh no! I have to stop before the list gets too long.

Ah! Recently, when I went to Korea, I tried two new kinds of seafood 꼼장어 and 개불 at 자갈치시장 (Jagalchi Fish Market) in Busan. Actually, I preferred 개불, but I will stick to meat without a doubt. I have no idea what these kinds of seafood are in English and I am not even sure if you can get them in America.

Another side note. In this lesson Tim and Debbie talk about 비빔밥 (bibimbap) or mixed rice. Many of my Korean friends eat curry and rice or even shaved ice by mixing it all up first just like they do when they eat 비빔밥.

I hope food is another topic in lessons to come!


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Tuesday at 11:33 PM
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Hi Ayesha,

Zoe - 조이

Ayesha (Eye-sha) - 아이샤

Adeena - 아디나

Humariaa (Hum-air-ra) - 험에어라

Habibah - 하비바

Studying everyday is very important. I think you are doing great. :thumbsup:

Keep it up!



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Tuesday at 01:24 AM
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안녕하세요! :grin:

I feel like im really young trying to master Korean,im 12 years old but i would like to master it young since "Our memories are fresh" and im "Musilm" only knowing how to speak English,it is taking me quite a long time,so im learning it quite slowy. (15-30 mins a day)

Could you tell me how to pronounce and write theese names in Korean?


Ayesha (Eye-sha)


Humariaa (Hum-air-ra)


Sorry,my friends want to know,also the lesson was great and very helpfull. :smile: