The Westernization of the Korean Breakfast

Korean Breakfast: Traditional or Western

So what’s for breakfast? In the West, breakfast traditions revolve around pancakes, waffles, eggs, toast, sausage, and bacon, to name just a few popular dishes. A typical American breakfast would comprise mainly of hot fuel foods, which means they are foods high in carbohydrates, vitamin and mineral content. For the rest of the day, people opt to shift to different menu choices that doesn’t spell breakfast.

In Korea, however, breakfast does not mean particular dishes, like its American counterpart. Korean options typically include the same items that you would eat for lunch and dinner, too. Then again, it seems that the Korean morning meal is being influenced by breakfast foods from the West, a study published in The FASEB Journal found. In this study, most Korean respondents preferred a Korean traditional-style breakfast than American- or English-style meals. That is, if they ate breakfast at all. In the same study, around 21% of those surveyed said that they skipped breakfast entirely.

How do you describe Korean cuisine?

It is full of meat, rice, and vegetables. That’s for breakfast, yet you see them too, served at lunch and dinner. Essentially, if it’s sold in the morning, Koreans eat it in the morning. The following dishes served for breakfast are usually accompanied by classic steamed white rice.

There’s soups and stews. Koreans often enjoy them for breakfast. This might include haejangguk, considered to be a hangover cure, which consists of pork, cabbage, and vegetables in beef broth, or galbitang, which is a soup made from short ribs and savory broth.

Koreans love meat-based dishes for breakfast. They have barbecue, especially the thinly sliced marinated beef known as bulgogi, which might also be served at dinner. Another is samgyeopsal, which is unseasoned pork belly wrapped in lettuce leaves and served with kimchi.

Side dishes known as banchan are common. This include spicy cucumbers, lightly boiled spinach known as shigeumchi or black beans in soy sauce and sugar (kongjaban). Kimchi is nearly always served with break- fast, as with all other meals. Other banchan dishes include steamed, marinated, or stir-fried vegetables seasoned with vinegar, garlic, chili peppers, soy sauce, and sesame oil, and jeon, which are like pancakes.

The Western influence can be seen as more Koreans are buying into the idea of breakfast food in America. So you find groceries stores and restaurants selling cereal, breakfast pastries, and standard egg dishes.

Traditional Korean All the Time in Bellevue

When you come have lunch or dinner at Seoul Hot Pot, you can taste the tradition. But know that our selections do have a twist so loved also by anyone and everyone. Come see us in Bellevue this week!