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