How to beat the rainy day blues with seven perfect korean rainy day foods. These include Korean pancakes, noodles and soup. How comforting!
(Note: I know above image only captures six Korean dishes not seven. The image of 7th Korean dish is not mine, so I didn’t want to include it in the collage. 🙂 )
In the last 6 to 9 months I hardly saw rain here in Brisbane. Then from Monday this week, all I see and hear is rain drops. It’s been constantly raining like the Korean rainy season (Jangma, 장마) and I know we needed this but I’m getting a bit annoyed now.
I don’t know about other cultures but when it rains Koreans tend to crave crispy pancakes and hot noodle soup. Hot noodle soup is understandable but why pancakes? I already mentioned the possible reasons or theories at least on this topic in one of my earlier posts but I’ll repeat it here so you don’t have to nose through my archives. 🙂
(Believe it or Not!) Why do most Koreans crave pancakes on a rainy day? Below are just a few theories.
Theory 1. When a pancake is cooked in a pan, it makes a sizzling noise. Apparently people associate this sizzling noise with the sound from rain drops.
Theory 2. When we don’t get to see the sun (like on a rainy day) melatonin levels increase in our body and it make us feel a bit depressed. So our body wants us to increase the sugar level by taking some carbohydrates, and Koreans happened to choose pancakes. Probably that’s because our mum made pancakes for us on a rainy day and our brain remembers this!
Anyway, while I was sitting miserable at home with this rain, I indeed had a huge craving for crispy pancakes and comforting hot soup. Then I thought I should compile a short list so that you can eat them when it rains and participate in Korean food culture. 😉 So here goes the “Seven Perfect Korean Rainy Day Foods”. (Click the image to go to the recipe)
Seven Korean Rainy Day Foods
1. Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon, 감자전)
2. Kimchi Pancakes (김치 부침개)
3.Korean Squid Pancakes (Ojingeo Buchimgae, 오징어 부침개)
4. Korean Knife Cut Noodle Soup (Kalguksu, 칼국수)
5. Korean Spicy Shin Noodles with Mung Bean Sprouts (Shin Ramyeon, 신라면)
6. Korean Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup (Jjamppong, 짬뽕)
7. Korean Traditional Wine (Makgeolli, 막걸리)
– No recipe yet. I don’t know how to make it and I don’t think I will try making it for a very long time as I don’t like the taste of it. 🙂 It can be purchased from a Korean grocery store or liquor store.
(Photo credit: korea.net)
I hope you’re able to beat the blues with the above Korean food every time it rains. Also please share your perfect rainy day food (whether it’s Korean or non-Korean) with us so that we can enjoy them too!