To busy modern people who live with stress,
delicious food is the most convenient and
happiest way to relieve stress
Everyone needs their own method of healing.
For them, enjoying delicious food is the most convenient and happiest method of relieving stress.
We post photographs of food on social media like #Mukstgram #Matstagram #FamousRestaurants,
and watch mukbang (eating shows) to relieve stress.
Even though we may visit famous restaurants and have expensive foods, in the end, we still always come back to our favorite foods.
Foods, which we have eaten since childhood and we have a story or two about, have a certain warmth that fills our ‘emotional hunger.’
Koreans’ representative soul food bringing back memories and happiness
Originally, soul food used to refer to traditional food that African Americans ate after hard labor before emancipation, but now it is used by everyone to mean ‘food that consoles the soul (mind or spirit)’. For this reason, we count these foods like the mandu we ate while on holidays, our mother’s kimjang kimchi, the doenjang jjigae cooked by a grandmother, and the delicious roasted chicken that father bought for the family while on his way home, the tteokbokki and sundae we ate with friends after school, and even ramyeon, which is the staple food and snack for all Koreans, as the representative soul foods for Koreans.
Koreans’ soul food from the viewpoint of foreigners
CNN selected the top 40 ‘soul foods that Koreans miss the most.’ What is the most common soul food of Koreans in the eyes of foreigners? Patbingsu (red bean shaved ice), the must-have choice for summer desserts, was No. 40, ppeongtwigi (rice puffs), a memory of the congested highway, was No. 38, and gimbap was No. 25. Tteokbokki was No. 11, ramyeon No. 7, chimaek (chicken + beer) No. 6, jajangmyeon No. 5, samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly) No. 4, and kimchi No. 2. The first place went to ‘haejangguk,’ the most favorite soup of Koreans. It was a foreign survey, but it is clear that a large number of Korean soul foods are included in the list.
"What is your No. 1 soul food?"
‘Kimchi’, always there when you need it
Still Korean! The moment you get homesick! ‘Kimchi’
One of the main joys of overseas travel is to enjoy delicious foods in a new culture. Various dishes, made with local ingredients, unique seasoning and new cooking methods, make us very happy. But the moment you become fed up with all sorts of delicacies, that is, when the foreign foods are no longer welcome, isn’t it the kimchi, which you have in your suitcase, that will help you regain your appetite?
Hot ‘jjigae’ that fills your hunger and empty soul
Convenient but nicer and more delicious today’s jjigae
Is it burdensome to prepare jjigae after work? How about HMR jjigae for an occasion like this? If you have a child who is not yet accustomed to spicy tastes, the savory doenjang jjigae with beef brisket will be good, and if you have some leftover pork, kimchi jjigae that can bring out the deep taste of kimchi to life will be just right, too. If not, thick budae-jjigae, which is similar to that served in a restaurant in Uijeongbu, is recommended.
Crispy, spicy and energizing ‘chicken’
No more waiting to order food on the phone! Only 8 minutes is enough
The food you eat today is your soul food of tomorrow
These days, teenagers and people in their 20s are exposed to a great deal of fast food, restaurant food and delivery food. Hamburgers, pizza, ramyeon and tteokbokki are ranked high on their list of soul foods. These foods are transformed in various ways depending on the taste buds of different generations. Some of them are so spicy that they are considered ‘hellish’ to taste, and fusion foods with tons of cheese are also very popular. Furthermore, the people of this generation love chicken so much that not only ‘chicol’ and ‘chimaek,’ but also ‘chibap,’ i.e., cooked rice mixed with chicken seasoning, are very popular. In this way, although we have different tastes and preferences, we regard kimchi, guk, jjigae, chicken and tteokbokki as our soul foods perhaps because all of us have agreed that we are living in the same age, have the same culture, and are now creating a new one. We enjoy these foods together, and we are living the best way we can right now. The warm home-made food, the lunch we had with our friends, the lunchbox we had in the office, and the ‘hot’ menu feature we ate in a new restaurant may become one day another soul food that will bring back ‘today’ and comfort us when we are tired and worn down someday in the future.