I have a confession to make… I’m addicted to cheese…
I buy a 1 kg block of cheese from Costco even though I live by myself. And whenever I go to restaurants, I always add a cheese topping or choose a menu with cheese. Although most of what Koreans call cheese is only white mozzarella cheese or orange American cheese, I still love it.
If you don’t mind those cheeses, Seoul is actually a cheese-lover-friendly city! There are so many different kinds of Korean dishes that are combined well with cheese. These are the eight that I know of.
1. 닭갈비 치즈추가- Dalkgalbi (Chicken Galbi)with Cheese
Chicken galbi is one of my most favorite Korean food, and it is spicy chicken stir-fried with cabbage, rice cakes, and sweet potatoes. I always add cheese as an extra topping.
2. 치즈김밥- Cheese Kimpab
Cheese kimpab is always available on the menu of a Kimpab Store.
3. 치즈 떡볶이- Cheese Ddeokboggi
Ddeokboggi would also include cheese as an extra topping option.
Here’s one from Hyehwa,
and one from Noryangjin.
4. 치즈 돈까스- Cheese Donkkasu
Tonkatsu is deep-fried pork cutlet that is also in Japan, but the Korean Donkkasu is a little bit thinner.
5. 치즈 비빔밥- Cheese Bibimbap
This one is rare in more traditional restaurants, but I have seen it and eaten it before 🙂 It was my favorite bibimbap menu in my hometown in SoCal!
6. 족발 치즈세트- Jokbal (pig feet) with cheese or pizza
While there are many people who don’t like the texture of jokbal, I’ve had it twice and love it! Collagen~~ ❤ On the first time, I had it with a pizza set, and on the second time, I had it with a cheese fondue set. It helps you handle the spiciness better.
There’s one in Shinchon and the another in Gangnam.
7. 치즈등갈비- Cheese Dung Galbi (Pork Rib)
This one is from Shinchon.
8. 쭈꾸미 치즈퐁듀- Grilled Octopus with Cheese Fondue
Jjukkumi is a type of octopus. This one is a spicy stir-fried dish, but it’s the same octopus as the one that is eaten live at the Korean fish market.
The location I went to (쭈꾸미달인/Jjukkumi Master) is a chain store that is in Hongdae, Itaewon, Suyu, and Nowon, but there are other chains opening up as well. Maybe it’s an upcoming trend.
Here’s an extra for a cheese-lover even though this is not Korean food! This is from Brooklyn- The Burger Joint in
Seorae Village (Little France in Seoul). They have one of the most delicious burgers in Seoul. It’s a popular but tiny place, so there’s always a line.
Address: Seoul Seocho-gu Banpo-dong 551-32
(서울 서초구 반포동 551-32)
Let me know if you need help finding a place to eat any of these Korean cheese delicacies!!
You know what else would be a good idea?
Cheese Kimchi Jeon (pancakes)… Have you seen them anywhere?