South Korean cuisine has been growing in popularity in recent years, in part because it is believed to have many health benefits; it is regularly cited as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. The diet consists mainly of rice, vegetables and a little meat. Meals tend to comprise a variety of small dishes, many of them plant-based, served with the ubiquitous kimchi (fermented vegetables) and ‒ almost always – rice.
But it’s not just health concerns that have made South Korean cuisine so popular; it is also delicious and is packed with layers of flavour and texture. Eating is one of the highlights of exploring the nation. We've selected 13 of the most mouth-watering dishes to try on your trip to Seoul, from traditional savouries to street food sweets.