8 Classic Korean Dishes From Popular K-Dramas

8 Classic Korean Dishes From Popular K-Dramas

From Olive Fried Chicken to Crunchy Bubble Tea, recreate these easy and delicious Korean recipes inspired by your favorite Korean drama series.

A good-looking cast is not the only thing that's easy on the eyes in Korean dramas. Sometimes your stomach can't help but growl when a spread of moutwatering Korean food makes a guest appearance in your favorite series. From crispy olive fried chicken to a bowl of comforting soft tofu stew, we're here to help you satisfy those cravings, one recipe at a time. While you might not have Hallyu stars like Lee Min Ho or Son Ye Jin crash landing on your doorstep, recreating these irresistible Korean dishes at home might just give you the chance to live your K-Drama dreams by falling in love at first bite.  

1. Jjamppong (Korean Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup)

Seen in the hit Korean drama series It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, Jjamppong is a spicy seafood noodle soup that packs a punch. And while the title of this K-Drama holds true, one slurp of these noodles will infinitely perk you up and have you feeling more than just okay. Flavored with chicken stock, rich slices of pork belly and mussels, the wholesome broth is given a spicy kick with the addition of gochugaru (Korean chili pepper powder) and capsaicin. Complemented with a medley of vegetables and mushrooms, this red hot noodle soup is sure to fire you up.

2. Bungeoppang 2 Ways (Korean Carp Bread)

If you’ve seen hit Korean drama Legend of the Blue Sea, you’ll know Bungeoppang - a deep-fried fish-shaped snack commonly stuffed with sweet red bean filling. Despite its appearance, there - as BTS leader RM once said - “ain’t no fish inside”. This pastry is a well-loved winter street food in South Korea and can be found in many different flavors at street stalls across the country. Enjoy two versions of this delightful snack with this quick and easy recipe - the Traditional Bungeoppang made with plain batter and red bean filling and the Purple Sweet Potato Bunggeopang made with sweet potato batter and sweet potato filling.

3. Sundubu Jjigae (Korean Soft Tofu Stew)

In Itaewon Class, Sundubu Jjigae makes its appearance time and time again, finally signifying the rise of the underdog in the series finale. And let’s be real, as much as we would love to have Park Seo Joon serve us a bowl of this deliciously soft tofu stew himself, we can’t all have the pleasure of his company. This recipe comes close, though. With silky tofu and rich pork belly bathed in a spicy savory soup, this Korean dish is comfort food at its best and will guarantee you an endlessly “sweet night”.

4. Heavenly Danpatjuk (Sweet Red Bean Porridge)

This sweet Korean red bean porridge is perfect for a midday snack - even if you’re not searching for tiger spirits with IU in an episode of Hotel del Luna. Normally eaten on cool days, Danpatjuk makes for a deliciously smooth and silky treat to warm your belly. The adzuki beans are highly nutritious too, loaded with fibre to promote digestive health. Best eaten with a simple topping of chewy rice cakes and walnuts, as well as a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.

5. Mul-naengmyeon (Korean Cold Noodle Soup)

Be part of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo’s Awesome Squad and indulge in a bowl of Korean Cold Noodle Soup. The last stage in their four-step meal plan, Mul-naengmyeon consists of chewy buckwheat noodles served in a chilled beef broth. Topped with tender beef brisket slices, a hardboiled egg and pickled vegetables, this refreshing dish is ideal for eating in the summer or on hot tropical days.

6. Crunchy Bubble Tea 2 Ways

Skip the long queues and make your very own homemade Crunchy Bubble Tea! Inspired by the Crunchy Milk Tea series that made a debut in the popular Korean drama, The King: Eternal Monarch, this Crunchy Bubble Tea recipe offers you two different flavors to choose from. True tea enthusiasts would appreciate the toasty roasted flavors in the Crunchy Hojicha Bubble Tea, but if you’re in need of a caffeine boost, the Crunchy Yuan Yang Dalgona Bubble Tea is the one for you. Either way, you get to enjoy the unique coconut milk crunch topping that adds an extra bite and sweetness to these perfectly delectable drinks.

7. Olive Fried Chicken

Korean fried chicken has taken the world by storm, but this golden Olive Fried Chicken depicted in hit Korean drama series, Goblin is another level of finger lickin. Deep fried in aromatic olive oil for a satisfyingly crisp chicken skin, this juicy chicken has a cleaner taste as compared to other variations of fried chicken. The unique flavor not only comes from the olive oil but also in the perfectly seasoned marinade, flour coating and batter. If blowing a candle won’t summon your long lost 939 year-old goblin husband, then perhaps cooking up a batch of this delicious fried chicken will.

8. Nurungji 2 Ways (Korean Scorched Rice)

Leftover rice? Making Nurungji is a great way to use it up. Also known as scorched rice, Nurungji is a traditional Korean food that’s often snacked on. If you’ve seen the record-breaking Korean drama, Crash Landing On You, then you might have caught female protagonist and heiress Yoon Se-Ri munching away on these addictive snacks during her time in the North. Besides using plain white rice, you can mix it up by adding Korean black rice for extra oomph and texture, giving you Korean purple rice. A great alternative to chips and crackers, Nurungji is best eaten with a sprinkle of sugar. You can even try out our brown sugar dip, mixed with toasted sesame seeds and seaweed flakes.

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