This Daegu speciality is a spicy beef and vegetable soup served with rice. ‘Ttaro’ meaning ‘separate’ and ‘gukbap’ meaning ‘soup and rice’ this dish is literally translated as ‘soup and rice served separately.’ This dish gained popularity in the 1950’s during the Korean War as it keeps you warm with the spiciness of the red pepper and garlic with the succulent taste of beef.
2. Dongin-dong Jjimgalbi
This dish boasts a distinctive hot flavor which is accented by garlic, red pepper and herbs. The traditional way to combat this spice is to eat the meal with a piece of refreshing ‘White Water Kimchi.’ The price varies greatly depending on the beef as dishes served with Hanoo (Korean Beef) cost up to 25 USD and those using foreign beef cost approximately 15 USD per serving.
3. Napjak Mandu
Though Daegu is a land locked city there is still a high demand for seafood. With transportation from the sea to Daegu being difficult in the past, distributers developed a way to keep the food fresher longer. The restaurants would steam squid and octopus and mix them with hot pepper powder, garlic, dropwort, and ginger.
This dish is a favorite local appetizer and generally costs less than 10 USD per plate. If you have hankerings for this meal visit the ‘Naedang-dong Bangogae Muchimhwi Street’ which consists of 15 restaurants specializing in this dish.
This dish might frighten off some individuals after they find out that it is made from pork intestines, but is much like chitterlings in the United States. The preparation is a bit different as it is cooked on a grill/griddle right at your table. This is a favorite nighttime food and is normally accompanied by Soju or beer.
To properly prepare Makchang you must make sure that when you grill it is both crispy on the outside while staying soft like a marshmallow on in inside. After it is finished pluck it from the hot grill and eat it with a slice of garlic, green onion, and soybean sauce.
Because of it’s popularity there are many Makchang restaurants in Daegu, costing normally 4~6 USD per serving. If you decide to have Makchang while you are in Korea, Daegu is surely the place to try it.
6. Shincheon Ddeokbokki
Ddeokbokki is a dish well known throughout Korea, especially by high school and university students, due to its affordability. This classic food is prepared by boiling rice cakes in a combination of cabbage and red pepper paste. This snack was originally reserved as a Royal Food but it is now enjoyed by everyone.
In addition to the food that I have introduced today, there are many other unique and delicious foods to try in Daegu. You can find more information about our delicacies at http://www.daegufood.co.kr/.
I hope you enjoy our food and culture during your stay!