Amina Elshafei – a Top 12 finalist of MasterChef 2012 and one of the most popular contestants of the series – set off on a full-flavoured food adventure into her Korean heritage. Sponsored by the Korean Tourism Organisation, Amina spent ten days tasting her way through the electric buzz and bustle of Seoul, the traditional richness of Jeonju, and Busan’s salty seaside streets,to bring you her Top Ten list of Korean delicacies.

“Anticipating my travel to Korea a few weeks earlier, I admit I had so many expectations of what I was to experience considering that I have not been there since the age of 12. My family and friends who have travelled to Korea have always remarked so positively about the country as an incredible place to visit. Well, Korea was an absolute wonder of a country! The harmony between traditional and modern was seen in so many aspects such as the architecture, clothing and even the way of living. However, for a foodie like me, Korea has a rich and bountiful list of foods to experience especially a vibrant street food culture. Whether you prefer to visit the bustling, bright lit cities such as Seoul, or quieter and relaxed countryside such as Jeonju, there’s always a place that Korea offers to every visitor to experience and enjoy. I know that I still have so much more to see and do in Korea, can’t wait to be back!” — Amina Elshafei

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hotteok1. Hotteok

Definitely my favourite Korean street food, Hotteok is similar to a pancake and is filled with a brown sugar and peanut mixture. Sometimes a variety of seeds are added and pan-fried until golden and slightly crisp.

tteoboki 2. Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki is another great street food favourite. Rice cakes are braised in a spicy vibrant chili sauce and sometimes served with fish cake and eggs. Nowadays, the younger crowds love adding cheese to it (Ceci, Strathfield, Sydney).

kimchi3. Kimchi

There are over 200 types of Kimchi (which means ‘fermented’) in Korea, the most popular being Baechu-Kimchi, also known as cabbage Kimchi. The variety ranges from Kimchi made from vegetables and fruits to seafood.

daenjang4. Doenjang jjigae

This stew of Doenjang, a pungent fermented bean paste blended into a rich soup base usually with tofu, onions, chili and seafood or meat, is often cooked and served in a Ttukbaegi or clay bowl (Seoul-Ria, Sydney City).

bulgogi5. Bulgogi

Strips of beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, onions, sugar and sometimes Nashi pear are grilled until just cooked and served with an array of green leaves (Sydney Madang, Sydney City).

bimbi6. Bibimbap

One of Korea’s most famous dishes, consisting of rice topped with a variety of lightly seasoned vegetables and chili sauce to be mixed and enjoyed especially in a heated Dolsot (stone bowl) (Jonga Jip, Eastwood, Sydney).

bibimnan7. Bibim-naengmyeon

A favourite of my family’s during hot weather, Bibim-naengmyeon comprises noodles cooked and washed until cool and is served in a tart chili sauce with sliced cucumbers, pickled radish and egg. In some cases, seasoned slices of meat or skate fish can be added (Bassim, Chatswood, Sydney).

japchae8. Japchae

This dish is made of potato starch noodles seasoned with sesame oil and soy sauce with an array of fried vegetables (Jonga-Jip, Eastwood, Sydney).

pajeon9. Haemul pajeon

A great snack or entree dish of a flour-based pancake that includes small pieces of seafood,chives, spring onion and chili.

jajang10. Jajangmyeon

Although this dish originated in China, slippery flour noodles served with a rich and dark black bean sauce is one of my favourite Korean noodle dishes(Arisun, Strathfield and Sydney City).