Sampling Busan’s Famous Dwaeji Gukbap

Dwaeji Gukbap in Busan

D uring a recent trip to Busan, Korea we got a tip for food from our new friend Kristine Um, Co-Founder of She told us to try a local specialty called dwaeji dukbap, or pork rice soup. I have heard coworkers bragging about how delicious this dish was, so we had to try it! Not only was it inexpensive and filing, but it was absolutely delicious!

The soup broth is a light milky color with thin slices of pork and seasonings served in a sizzling hot stone bowl. When the dish first comes out it is not THAT flavorful. Where the magic happens is when you add the sea-ou (tiny salty shrimps), buchu (spicy garlic chives), gochujang (spicy red pepper paste), and the bap (rice). You may also add a little bit of table salt and pepper to taste.

After adding the desired flavors to your dwaeji gukbap be prepared for soup nirvana. Once we added in our desired amount our soup had turned from milky white to an orange-red color for the perfect amount of spice for our taste buds.

The pork bites were amazing and the rice soaked up the delicious red broth.

Dwaeji Gukbab #1 by Busan Station

Dwaeji Gukbab #2 by Haeundae Station

We liked this dish so much we got it from two different places on our two day trip in Busan. The only difference was the first restaurant served raw onions and hot peppers that we liked to throw in our soup. The second place served a small amount of noodles to add to our soup as well. Both were mouthwatering and our taste buds will continue to salivate whenever we remember this dish.

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Also be sure to check out this post on 5 great activities to do if you are heading down to Busan!

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Megan Indoe

I love to laugh, I LOVE animals, good food, beer and travelling. I've been to 12 different countries and am currently in South Korea with a goal of visiting 88 more before I die!

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