Korean Fusion

Korean with a twist

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Article by Gil "hannaone"
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Historically, Korean Fusion cuisine has been a part of Korean culture since the beginning. By engaging other cultures, ideas and objects are always transferred, including new foods or ways to prepare them. Fusion foods were, in fact, the beginning of Korean cuisine's evolution.

A little history

The early Korean inhabitants were initially hunter/gatherers, but as time passed, they acquired the skills of farming and animal husbandry. From small tribes, they developed into villages, then city states, and eventually kingdoms. With these expansions came a blending of their respective cuisines. As trade was established with neighboring regions, there was an influx of new foods and concepts. Plants and animals from western Asia and the Middle East made their way through China to influence Korean dishes. Later on, trade with China and Japan brought in ingredients from the New World, most notably the chili pepper which became a staple in Korean cuisine.

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There is a growing trend of food fusion, where ingredients and cooking styles from two or more cuisines are combined to produce unique and flavorful recipes.

The cumulative cuisine fusions of the past are now considered traditional, but contemporary Korean cuisine continues to develop.

In addition to adapting their cooking methods to incorporate local ingredients, Koreans who emigrated also adopt local dishes and modify them to include Korean favorites. When Korean émigrés returned to Korea, they brought back these new food concepts, contributing to its evolution. Chefs from Korea who train abroad and fast food giants opening franchises in Korea have also made a contribution to the food revolution.

In other countries, second and third generation immigrant families have adapted their traditional Korean cuisine to the local cuisine, while mixed culture families (Koreans who have married or been adopted into non-Korean families) create their own fusion of cuisines. For the sake of growing their customer base, Korean restaurants in other countries have created dishes that resonate with non-Koreans.

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Traditional Korean cuisine is a feast for the senses. The visually stunning dishes, enticing aromas, and bold flavors tantalize the palate. From grilled meats with sweet and smoky flavors to beautifully presented royal dishes, hearty soups and stews, and fresh vegetables and herbs, this cuisine offers a diverse range of tastes. Featuring fermented pastes and sauces as well as a wide selection of fresh and dried seafood, Korean Fusion adds a modern twist to these traditional elements, resulting in a refreshing and one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Index to Fusion Recipes

Fused - Fusion Korean Recipes
Korean Fusion: Beef and Tortilla Wraps - Korean Fusion: Bulgogi and Tortilla Wrap recipe
Korean Fusion: Bulgogi Sandwich - Korean Fusion: Bulgogi Sandwich
Korean Fusion: Dak Tako 닭 타코 - Korean Fusion: Dak Tako 닭 타코 Korean/Mexican meld
Korean Fusion: Donkkaseu - Korean Fusion: Donkkaseu (pork Cutlet) recipe.
Korean Fusion: Galbi/Kalbi Sandwich - Korean Fusion: Bulgogi and Tortilla Wrap recipe
Korean Fusion: Grilled Chicken Sandwich - Korean Fusion: Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Korean Fusion: Kaesadilla - Korean Fusion: Kaesadilla. This adaptation of quesadilla brings a unique flavor to a favorite dish.
Korean Fusion: Kalbi Burger - Korean Fusion: Kalbi burger recipe.
Korean Fusion: Kimchi Omelet - Korean Fusion: Kimchi Omelet. Adding kimchi to an omelet.
Korean Fusion: Kimchi and Pepper Stuffed Pork Chops - Korean Fusion: Kimchi and Pepper Stuffed Pork Chops
Korean Fusion: Kimchi Burger - Korean Fusion: Kimchi Burger
Korean Fusion: Rice Paper Wraps - Korean Fusion: Rice paper wraps
Korean Fusion: Spicy Pork Breakfast Wraps - Korean Fusion: Spicy Pork Breakfast Wraps
Korean Fusion: Spicy Pork Sandwich - Korean Fusion: Spicy Grilled Pork Sandwich
Korean Fusion: Tortibap - Korean Fusion: Tortibap. Rice and tortilla roll based on kimbap.

Sandwiches, Wraps, and Folds

Fused:

Bulgogi Sandwich

Image: Stir fried bulgogi with pan toasted bell peppers, grilled onion, and American cheese slice on a fresh bread roll

bulgogi sandwich

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Beef and Tortilla Wraps

Image: Stir fried spicy bulgogi with cheese, onions, and chopped kimchi rolled in a flour tortilla

Fused:

Kalbi /Galbi Sandwich

Image: Grilled Kalbi, cut from the bone, with pepper jack cheese and grilled onion

bulgogi sandwich

Fused:

Kalbi /Galbi Burger

Image: Ground marinated beef rib meat patty with grilled mushroom, onion, egg, and jalapeno slices on a sandwich bun.

bulgogi sandwich

Fused:

Kimchi Burger

Image: Ground beef with chopped kimchi pattie on a sandwich bun with tomato, cucumber, and a slice of American cheese.

bulgogi sandwich

Fused:

Rice Paper Wraps

Image: Rice paper wraps with tomato, avocado, rice noodles, lettuce, bulgogi, egg, and marinated shrimp.

bulgogi sandwich

Fused:

Korean Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Image: Grilled marinated chicken thigh with pepper jack cheese a thick Yangnyeom style sauce.

bulgogi sandwich

Fused:

Spicy Pork Sandwich

Image: Spicy stir fried pork with lettuce, tomato, egg, and a slice of American on a sesame seed bun.

bulgogi sandwich

Fused:

Spicy Pork Breakfast Wrap

Image: Chopped spicy pork in an egg scramble with onions, bell peppers, potatoes, and garlic, topped with a three cheese blend and rolled in a flour tortilla.

bulgogi sandwich

Fused:

Tortibap

Image: Kimbap in a tortilla. Kimbap fillings rolled in a soft flour tortilla instead of seaweed.

tortibap

Fused:

Kuesadilla

This adaptation of quesadilla brings a unique flavor to a favorite dish.

Breakfast and Main Dishes

Fused:

Kimchi Omelet

Image: Pan Grilled Omelet with rice, kimchi, cheese, and fried pork.

kimchi omelet

Fused:

Kimchi and Pepper Stuffed Pork Chops

Image: Thick cut pork loin chops stuffed with chopped kimchi and chili peppers

bulgogi sandwich

Fused:

 Donkkaseu

Breaded and fried pork cutlets.
Image: Donkkaseu with kimchi and rice. A Korean variation of the Japanese tonkatsu dish

bulgogi sandwich

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