Korean food in China

Another excellent interactive form of food we have now tried in China is the Korean barbeque. Similar to the hot pot we first had in Beijing (and have had repeatedly since!) in that you order a number of plates of raw food and then cook them in the middle of the table, but different in that you cook them on a sort of mini barbecue inset into the table rather than in boiling soup. We tried duck, beef and pork, the latter of which was especially tasty – before coming to China I didn’t think much of pork as I associate it with rather bland pork chops in England, but China has made me completely change my mind about this – pork can be delicious! Once the meat is cooked you eat it by wrapping it in a lettuce leaf parcel along with a number of sauces and additions, including onion, sweet potato, quail egg and many things I don’t know the name of. 

Korean barbeque



Tsing Tao beer, which comes from Qingdao as it is a former German colony


Katy and Max enjoying the barbeque

There were many Korean restaurants in the area of Qingdao we were staying in (Chengyang) as it has a very large Korean population so after the barbecue we went to a different restaurant to sample Makkoli, a Korean alcohol unlike anything I have ever tried before. White in colour, served and drunk from bowls, slightly fizzy but also milky, and comes in a variety of flavours – we tried sweet corn, apple-pear, and blueberry. I quite liked it but not sure it would ever be my drink of choice!




Have you tried Korean cuisine? From our Chinese experience of it, I’d be interested in trying some more…


One comment

  1. We’ve had Korean hot pot in Qingdao several times in our time. We’d highly recommend it to anyone who visits or moves here. In addition, the best pizza place we’ve found is actually a Korean place too. Ha! 🙂

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