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I need advice from somone about Korean food!

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Ok, so I have a date on Saturday and he wants to take me to an authentic Korean place. Which is fine....sort of lol. I agreed. But then I looked into Korean food and it's not like I thought it was. I was thinking fresh stir fry, and chicken and etc. But in reality it's caked in soy sauce (sodium) and fried and served with white rice. So question to you is, are there things that are authentic Korean and aren't marinated? I don't eat much sodium. Or fried food. Or carbs as a whole. (wow, do I sound like Sally from "When Harry Met Sally" yet?)

Any thoughts?

P.S I saw "gui" is unmarinated meat, but how common is that ?

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If they have soon tofu soup I highly recommend that. It tastes awesome, and is healthy. Other then that... Just enjoy the food. :)

I think people are stressing over sodium way too much, carbs too actually, but that is a topic for another discussion. Sodium intake is really only a problem if you have a history of high blood pressure and have high sodium diet ALL the time. Ocassionally or even once in a while is not going to kill you. ;) If you post a menu I might make better suggestions.

P.S. Yes you do sound like Sally. :)


i'd say just order something that sounds good and don't worry so much about one meal. enjoy a special treat.

my personal favorite is bulgogi. yes there is soy sauce in the marinade but i've had it several different places and have yet to notice an overly salty flavor. and it's usually served with a large variety of veggies. as for the rice, just don't eat much, not like they are going to charge you for not eating it.

hope you have a good time and a good meal!


I've only had Korean food a handful of times, but I agree that Bulgogi is AWESOME.  Galbi is really great too.  I also try to fill up on the sides... the kimchi, tofu, seaweed, etc. 

Have fun on your date!  Korean food is SO yummy, so enjoy it.  =) 


I'm living in Korea and the food is AWESOME.  But yes, very high in sodium and you're hard pressed to find a dish without white rice.  I say enjoy it.  Some of the food like Kimchi has A LOT of sodium but is really low calorie and good for you.  The sodium will leave your body in a few days anyways. 

What I love most about Korean food is all the yummy side dishes!!! And especially for Korean BBQ, they have romaine lettuce to wrap food in. Bi Bim Bop isn't so bad either, I think... I haven't really had much Korean food for awhile now except for Soft Tofu Soup and some side dishes since I'm vegetarian now.

Do you know exactly which Korean place you're going to?


I love korean rice...It's just too good! Especially when it comes in the stone pots.

Well, I know which one it is and I called to see if they have any healthy alternatives like salads and etc. or unmarinated meats. Nope. None. *grumble* lol This is going to be a dinner that amounts to only a few bites of random veges and meat and then I'm done.

I hate soy sauce and rice. lol  I should probably hint at picking a different place if nothing else just to save him some money ;)

Maybe get a dish to share? That way you can nibble and not feel to bad about ordering a whole dish and leaving 2/3 of it on the plate. Saves $ and is a little romantic!

Sharing is a good idea!  Most Korean food is meant to be shared anyways! 

maiden, i'm kinda curious about what you ate!

tell us! and did you like it?

Hmm you could probably try some noodles? Cold noodles are pretty low in calories although I don't know if they would have any during winter.


Bimbimbap (mixed rice) is pretty healthy too i would imagine, since it has variety of ingredients, doesn't have to be spicy. No soy sauce :D


Korean people really like spicy food and things that just taste more intense than the japanese. (probably not much as the chinese)

Kimchi is suppose to be pretty healthy so you could try kimchi fried rice/kimchi stew (which is probably higher in calories/sodium though). Fried rice shouldn't be that bad with sodium and if its too much, just take the rest home and eat it later. p

"Kimchi is made of various vegetables and contains a high concentration of dietary fiber, while being low in calories. One serving also provides up to 80% of the daily required amount of vitamin C and carotene.[10] Most types of kimchi contain onions, garlic, and peppers, all of which are salutary. The vegetables being made into kimchi also contribute to the overall nutritional value. Kimchi is rich in vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), calcium, and iron,[11][12] and contains a number of lactic acid bacteria, among those the typical species Lactobacillus kimchii.[13] [14] [15][13]

Kimchi has a reputation of being a healthy food. The magazine Health named kimchi in its list of top five "World's Healthiest Foods" for being rich in vitamins, aiding digestion, and even possibly retarding cancer growth.[16]"


You could probably also try some soups like Dak guk (chicken soup) galbitang, etc. You flavor your own soup with salt so it shouldn't be that high in sodium if you control yourself.


If you don't like any of the main dish options, just eat lots of banchan ( they tend to have lots of varieties so you can choose.

and you can also try gimbap is a seaweed roll. Good luck~ I really like korean food because I'm korean afterall, and eating korean bbq every now and then really cheers me up :)

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