Korea is well known for making some of the spiciest food in the world. It’s because a majority of Koreans enjoy the feeling when eating hot food as it helps to alleviate stress. Even with all the various spicy dishes served in most restaurants, there is a certain percent of Koreans that aren’t completely satisfied with the normal level of spiciness. So a handful of places have created extremely spicy level dishes for the unsatisfied to enjoy.
We will introduce three spicy food that you’d enjoy trying if you like challenging yourself in eating hot food.
1. Buldak Bokkeum-Myun (Hot Chicken Flavor Ramyeon)
The iconic spicy, fire noodle of Korea has been immensely popular worldwide ever since its creation in 2012. As these noodles are notorious for its crazy level of spiciness, it instantly went viral. It’s known to gain attention from many YouTube influencers and hot food enthusiasts. If you are a lover of hot food, then you must always keep a bundle of these at your home. To make the noodles taste even better, we recommend you top it off with a fried egg. We guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
2. Yeopgi Tteokbokki (엽기떡볶이)
Tteokbokki is a common street food here in Korea and Koreans love it for its sweet and spicy flavor. Restaurants create multiple different variations using ramyeon noodles, fish cakes, cheese, sausages, and eggs in the dish. But for those who want to dare themselves and eat one of the spiciest tteokbokki of them all, then you absolutely must try Yeopgi Tteokbokki (엽기떡볶이). There are 5 different hotness levels ranging from Spicy to Kind (착한맛), as in the cook being lenient with the spiciness.
If you still want the spiciness, but don’t want to suffer from its pain, then we recommend getting a few extra toppings in the dish or getting side dishes, such as gyeran-jjim (steamed eggs that are light and fluffy) or jumeok-gimbap (small bite-sized rice mixed with dried seaweed). One Yeopgi Tteokbokki is enough for about 4 people, so be sure to bring along friends who equally enjoy hot food.
3. Singil-dong Spicy Jjamppong (신길동매운짬뽕)
Jjamppong is a spicy seafood noodle soup that is a popular dish at Korean-Chinese restaurants. The main ingredients are gochugaru (red pepper powder), noodles, and seafood. This is a dish that attracts many spicy enthusiasts in Korea. But the spiciest of them all, is the one located near Singil Station. This dish is so hot that there’s a sign on the wall of the restaurant warning the customers to be cautious of its spiciness because there have been instances where people have fainted from their noodles. The soup is so red, that it almost looks like it’s surrounded by flames.
Before we end this post, here’s a tip for those who couldn’t handle the spiciness. There’s a drink called “Cool Piece” (쿨피스), a sweet fruit-flavored (sometimes frozen) juice, that will help you cool down a bit. Order one just in case you’re defeated by the intense level of spiciness of Korea.