Top 10 ranking spiciest food in Korea

Do you like spicy food?๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐ŸŒถ Are you willing to try spicy food for the first time on your trip to Korea? ๐Ÿฅต Then you should know that Korean food could be fine-spicy but sometimes could be extremely spicy. ๐Ÿฅข For this reason we made a ranking of the top 10 spiciest foods in Korea starting from less spicy until the king supreme spicier Korean food. I am a foreigner living in South Korea so I will let you know from a foreigner point of view what about the different kinds of Korean food and how spicy they can be. Let’s get started. Anyway, there is a word you will always have to remember: “๋งค์›Œ์š”?” (Me-wo-yo?) which means, “is it spicy?” ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿฅข

Rank #10: Fried chicken (์น˜ํ‚จ) โ†“ ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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Korean Fried Chicken is in the rank no. 10 since there are a lot of different kinds of fried chicken so you can choose whereas spicy, medium spicy or not spicy chicken. Korean Fried Chicken (์น˜ํ‚จ) is famous for eating while drinking beer (๋งฅ์ฃผ). If you eat chicken and drink beer so you will be having Chimek (์น˜๋งฅ).ย If you are not into spicy food you can go for โ€œHoney Chicken (ํ—ˆ๋‹ˆ์น˜ํ‚จ)โ€ or โ€œSoy Sauce Chicken (๊ฐ„์žฅ์น˜ํ‚จ)โ€. If you are willing to try some spicy but nothing hard to eat we recommend you to go for Spicy sweet Chiliย (์–‘๋…์น˜ํ‚จ). Now, if you really want to try a spicy burning and hot fried chicken you should order a hot spicy chicken (๋””์ง„๋‹ค์น˜ํ‚จ/๋ฉ”์šด์น˜ํ‚จ). The normal price for 2 person is around US $18-$20. Most of times includes radish, side dishes, and coke.

Rank #9: Dak Galbi (๋‹ญ๊ฐˆ๋น„) โ†“ ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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Dakgalbi, in English, stir-fried chicken, is a Korean chicken dish made by pan frying marinated chicken in spicy Korean sauce called gochujang. Also this dish is cooked with cabbage, perilla leaves,sweet potatoes, and tteok (rice cake). I highly recommend to visit the restaurant called “Yoogane(์œ ๊ฐ€๋„ค)” since their specialty is Dakgalbi in so many different kind of styles, so you can choose the one seems better for you. The best you can try is the normal traditional dakgalbi with cheese. Once the the cheese is melted in your stir, you mix your chicken with the melt cheese and the combined taste is something really amazing. You can find Yoogane Restaurant all around Seoul like Myongdong or Hongdae. (Refer to the google maps above) ๐ŸฅŸ

Rank #8: Kimchi chigae (๊น€์น˜์ฐŒ๊ฐœ) โ†“ ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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As a foreigner living in Korea I can tell that at the beginning the Kimchi taste for me was very sour and I did not like it at all; but once you try kimchiย  for first time there is no way you can stop eating it and that is exactly what happen to me with the Kimchi chigae. Kimchi itself is a sidedish of salted and fermented vegetables but putted into a stew it turn more amazing. Koreans put pork, tofu and some vegetables to the Kimchi chigae but also there is vegetarian version which is made by tuna (์ฐธ์น˜๊น€์น˜์ฐŒ๊ฐœ).ย  So far, this is a must try dish in Korea since mix the most traditional side-dish (Kimchi) and vegetables which make it even more tasty.ย 


By the way, If you want to try cooking class in Korea I highly recommend you to take a class (refer to the box below), you will learn how to make traditional Korean food, among them, Kimchi Chigae. You will be in-charge to make your own food, so do not worry, is up to you how much spicy you want to include in your kimchi stew

Rank #7: Bibimnengmyong (๋น„๋น”๋ƒ‰๋ช…) โ†“ ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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Bibimnengmyong is one of this blog entry writer’s favorite dishes. Believe it or not, is a cold noodle dish, served cold (with ice) and with a spicy, vinegary, slightly sweet sauce. Also as topping it can include some cucumber, apple and pear. The taste is sweet but after 5 minutes the spicy starts to be felt on your tongue and mouth. The spiciness of this dish is not “oh, hell spicy” but still if you are very sensitive to spicy it may become uncomfortable. This this is specially recommended for summer season, but still, you can eat it at any season.ย  ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Rank #6: Tteokbokki (๋–ก๋ณถ์ด) โ†“ ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Tteokbokki is a popular Korean street food made from small tteok (tteok is known as the korean rice cakes). This street food dish is usually served with oden (fish cakes), green vegetables and boiled eggs. The spiciness of this dish comes from the spicy gochujang (chili paste) which most of the Korean dishes have included. Depending in where you eat will be the level of spiciness you will feel, each restaurant or street food place have a different recipe for the spicy sauce. Anyway, before eating, make sure to try a little to see if the spiciness is enough for you or not. Me living in Korea as a foreigner have to confess that this dish is not spicy anymore, I got use to it, but there is a lot of spicy dishes that will be high ranked in this list because at least for me, they are impossible to eat; but tteokbokki is fine! so give it a try! You can taste this amazing dish for only US $3 on the Korean streets. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿฅต

Rank #5: Nakji-bokkeum (๋‚™์ง€๋ณถ์Œ) โ†“ ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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Nakji-bokkeum is a very popular and must try korean spicy dish. Is made by octopus mixed with vegetables such as cabbage, carrots and green onions. The magic of this dish comes with the sauce. The Nakji-bokkeum sauce is made by Gouchijjang (traditional and very Korean red pepper paste), some soy sauce and garlic. This dish is very tasty, and the octopus gives a special feeling when eating as a whole. But most of the restaurants in Korea make this dish very spycy, so better have some water around. In my opinion, this dish is not crazy spicy but still if the first time you guys come to Korea I will recommend to eat with caution. โ›”

Rank #4: Jjampong (์งฌ๋ฝ•) โ†“ ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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Jjampong is basically spicy noodles with various vegetables, seafood and mixed with a red hot soup. To be honest this dish can be very spicy so eat with cautionโ›”.ย  You can also find this dish as “Seafood Jjampong” (ํ•ด๋ฌผ ์งฌ๋ฝ•). If you like the seafood and you want to try a Chinese-Korean fusion dish you should get this Jjampong. Also the price is very convenient because it cost around US $7 ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Rank #3: Agu Stew (์•„๊ตฌ์ฐœ) โ†“ ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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This dish is made in Korea by blackmouth angler which is a fished (with palatable chewy texture) called agu in Korea. The spicy of this dish is given because is seasoned with red hot chili pepper,ย  soy bean paste, soy sauce and garlic. in addition, This dish contains soybean sprouts, Styela clava and water dropwort. The taste of this this is very delicious and I obviously recommend you to try it if you are willing to taste some Korean food.ย 

Rank #2: Spicy Pork Ribs Stewย (๋งค์šด๊ฐˆ๋น„์ฐœ) โ†“ ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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Spicy Pork Ribs Stew is a popular Korean dish which is very delicious and of course have a spicy ingredients that make you feel in trouble.ย  This dish can be found in two types, the first one can be like beef short ribs version, but itโ€™s more commonly version is the one made with pork ribs. What make this dish spicy is the red pepper sauce which this dish is slowly cooked with. This dish can be served with rice with will help you to calm down the spicy flavor. Anyway, this dish is not very popular among restaurants but if you are able to find a place which sell this dish, you must need to order and try it!ย 

TOP SUPER #1: Buldakbokkeummyon (๋ถˆ๋‹ญ๋ณถ์Œ๋ฉด)ย  ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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Believe it or not, the first place and the spiciest Korea food goes to this cute and nice packaging instant noodles called “Buldak bokkeummyon”. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ Have you ever watched those super famous youtube challenges about “eating the spiciest instant noodles in the world”? Then, Yes… that famous and crazy spicy instant noodles are Korean and will promise to make your mouth sleep into a hard pain. ๐Ÿ”ฅ If you are willing to try this insane (but for some people very delicious instant noodles) you only need to go to any convenience store in Korea and for less than US $1 ask the staff to help you to pick a “Buldak bokkeummyon”.ย  ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ You can eat and serve your own Buldak bokkeummyon in the same convenience store. Since you are there, I highly recommend you to buy some milk or yogurt because yes, your mouth and tongue will start to burn and Korean people say that milk and yogurt help to calm down the spiciness.ย  ๐Ÿ”ฅ
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