I was first introduced to Korean food during college as there were several excellent Korean restaurants around campus. I started my journey by trying out bulgogi, bibimbap, and tteokbokki. They quickly became one of my favorite dishes as they usually consist of multiple layer of flavors such as spicy gochujang, beautiful nutty aroma of sesame oil, and topped off with sour kimchi served on the side. Korean BBQ is also one of my favorite dining experience ever as you receive plates after plates of meats and cook them yourselves on the tabletop grill.
Buldak is a very hot Korean dish consists of chicken (you can substitute with other meats such as seafood) coated with Korean pepper flakes, gochujang, and lots of garlic. The word “bul” means fire in Korean and “dak” means chicken. Calling this dish “fire chicken” is fitting as they are extremely spicy and I don’t doubt some people will find it difficult to eat.
Before we even bite into this dish, smell of spicy chili flakes rushes into our nose to prepare us for what lies ahead. On first bite, the spicy taste can be a little overwhelming but we can also taste the nuttiness of sesame oil as well as the wonderful garlic and ginger taste. Once the rush of spiciness settled, the juiciness of the chicken and chewiness from Korean rice cake provides a wonderful texture in your mouth that is unforgettable.