Cold Noodles (Naengmyeon)
Naengmyeon is a common cold Korean noodle dish that consists of long, thin noodles, cucumbers, slices of Korean pear, slices of beef and a hard-boiled egg. The noodles are often made of buckwheat, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, but can also be made of arrowroot and kudzu, depending on the type of naengmyeon. It is a popular dish especially during the summer to cool off under the scorching heat and thick humid air in South Korea.
Cold Soybean Noodle Soup (Naeng kongguksu)
Another recommendable dish for those who may have lost their appetite due to the heat is naeng kongguksu, noodles in cold soybean soup. The soup is made by soaking cooked soybeans in cold water and then grinding them up with a millstone. Noodles are added and often topped with slices of cucumber, boiled egg, and tomato. For taste, you can add some sugar or salt. Full of protein, this savory dish is particularly invigorating on hot, humid days.
Patbingsu is a Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings such as chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup, and Azuki beans. The snack is highly popular in Korea when summer.The food originally began as ice shavings with red bean paste,but now new varieties of bingsu was born in Korea not only using red bean for topping, but using fruit, chocolate, macarons,or cake as topping.
Not to be forgotten is the other favorite summertime chicken dish – jjimdak. Jjimdak is a mixture of chicken, hot peppers, mushrooms, carrots, and other vegetables along with glass noodles served in a savory, sweet-and-spicy soy sauce-based broth. Jjimdak is characterized by its spiciness, so it is often paired with a side of dongchimi (radish water kimchi), which helps neutralize some of the spice. If you’re in a restaurant that also sells scorched rice, order a side and enjoy the crunchy texture with the remaining jjimdak sauce.
Grilled Eel ( Jangeogui )
Another popular summer food is grilled eel. Koreans believe the dish improves stamina and help prevent heat exhaustion. The eel is filleted, grilled on a charcoal grill, cut into small pieces and served with various side dishes. It is usually seasoned with sesame seeds, sesame oil, sugar and soy sauce.
Ginseng Chicken Soup (Samgye-tang)
This food will definitely boost your energy during the summer. Since samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) is packed with nutritious ingredients, it is widely known for its restorative properties. The dish is prepared by taking a young chicken and stuffing it with rice, jujube, garlic, ginger, ginseng, and other herbs. The ingredients are then boiled together and served up in a delicious broth.