Currently Busan is one of the hot vacation place for Korean young people. It only takes 3 hours from Seoul with KTX that many people even go Busan for one day trip. Today I will introduce top three Busan local food which you should try if you visit.:)
During the Korean War(1950-1953) many Korean flee to Busan and they wanted to eat Naengmyun(냉면/ Korean cold noodles). However, they could not find the buckwheat what is the ingredient of the Naengmyun. So they made the noodles with flour instead of buckwheat what people got from US army as a relief. Nowadays Milmyeon(밀면) is one of the representative Busan food.
Milmyeon is similar with normal Korean cold noodles but just the noodle ingredient is different. Milmyeon is chewier than Naengmyun(cold noodles) and have spicy sauce, half of egg, vegies in top of it. Also Milmyeon divided in two types; Mul milmyeon(물밀면) and Bibim Milmyeon(비빔밀면). Mul(물) means water that this is the one which has soup with noodles. Bibim Milmyeon is more spicy than Mul Milmyeon that if you are not good at spicy food I recommend to eat Mul Milmyeon and taking out some red pepper paste which is in top of the noodle.
2. Pork rice Soup(돼지국밥)
Pork rice soup(called Dwaeji gukbob 돼지국밥 in Korean) is a dense meal in a steaming stone bowl. Normally it was boiled about 24hours in a big pot.
Above picture is the side dishes which comes out together with pork rice soup. In some restaurants serve the soup and rice separately but some places give the soup which the rice is already inside the soup. It depends on the restaurant. The way to eat the pork soup is first season the soup with Saeujeot(세우젓/salted shrimp) and put the noodles and chives in the soup. And the last step is put the pepper in soup. I like pepper a lot that I never miss putting pepper when eating pork rice soup.:)
3. Cold Pig’s feet(냉채족발)
Jokbal(족발) is a Korean dish consisting of pig’s trotters cooked with soy sauce and spices. Normal Jokbal is served just after boiled in a pot that it is hot. But new type of cold Jokbal started in Busan and it became Busan’s local food. The good Jokbal restaurant is determined whether they got rid of the pork small in food. It has sliced pork, cold jelly fish, cucumber, carrot and egg on top seasoning with wasabi, which makes the nose chocked up.
The difference with Normal Jokbal and cold Jokbal is in whether the pork is seasoned. Normal Jokbal is served with the pork itself which you can see in below with other side dishes but cold Jokbal seasoned with diverse ingredients.
Thanks for reading and if you have any question please leave a comment.:)