Yeongdo is home to many independently-owned restaurants with long histories. Bulgogi jeongol, the signature menu item at Yeongseon Bulgogi, has delighted tastebuds exclusively on the island for 46 years.
Tteokguk, or rice cake soup, is a traditional New Year’s Day food thought to bring good luck (energy of yang) and longevity. The length and shape of the rectangular garaetteok rice cakes, which are the key ingredient of the recipe, reflect this fortune.
When you walk around Korea, you will quickly see the passion for food spilling over from stalls lining the street and small restaurants full of people noisily slurping noodles or preening away at a dish with chopsticks.