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    Preesi
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    What is a typical breakfast like in Korea?

    #51692

    Ulzzang
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    A traditional Korean breakfast is like any other meal during the day! Nowadays, more Koreans are adopting the Western practice of breakfast– bakery items, cereal, etc. Many families still eat a traditional breakfast which is usually rice, several banchan, a soup of some kind, and a meat dish.

    #51693

    jenrenner
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    I remember eating white rice, kimchi of some sort and fried eggs…our Korean moms in the neighborhood thought this would give us lots of energy for the day…

    #51694

    Maangchi
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    I have had very light breakfast for years. What is it? haha, coffee! Coffee gives me energy to start my day very energetically. I sometimes drink fat free milk and grape fruit juice along with coffee. Basically all are liquid. : )

    Anyway, long time ago when I lived in Korea, I used to cook breakfast everyday for my family and myself. Doenjang soup (soybean soup vegetables), cooked rice, kimchi, bean sprout side dish, spinach side dish, steamed egg, roasted small fish..etc… I never cook bulgogi for breakfast which is too heavy.

    Rice and soup! That’s basic breakfast in Korea.

    #51695

    unchienne
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    Whenever mom’s friends would come over for breakfast, they would expect to have rice and kimchi-jigae. A side dish or two might go with it, but usually the stew was enough. One thing I did notice that when eaten for breakfast, more emphasis was placed on the broth than the meat or kimchi.

    So I’d go with soup and rice with maybe a side dish.

    Me personally, I’m a grab and go girl. Instant coffee, a bagelful or kashi breakfast bar and I’m out the door.

    #51696

    sueet
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    it’s usually a lighter soup (bean sprout soup or tofu soup) with simple side dishes… i remember when we were kids we would have cream soup and bread for breakfast too…

    but yeah… a lot of ppl have “merican style”breakfast these days… like cereal or egg sandwich… :D

    #51697

    motivasian
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    I remember eating soup and some rice before going to school but as my brother, sister, and i got older it was fried egg sandwiches or grilled cheese and fried egg sandwiches but mainly toaster strudels or toaster scrambles.

    #51698

    RonPaul
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    As a korean child born in the states, the idea of eating Korean food for breakfast seems bizarre to me. But now that I think of it, whenever I was sick, my mom would make me a very simple Korean breakfast: rice porridge (“juke”?) and a side dish of like a pulled beef in soy sauce (anyone know what this is called?) and some sort of kimchi.

    Is this a breakfast typically made in Korea for when you have the cold/flu?

    #51699

    RonPaul

    That dish you’re thinking of is JangJorim. :) Jook is very common to eat when your tummy isn’t well enough to handle more substantial food any time of the day.

    #51700

    annabanana
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    Eh. When I was growing up we got toast, cereal, fruit, pancakes, etc. for breakfast…I thought it was weird that other Korean people ate…Korean food for breakfast. “It’s a dinner food!” 8P

    #51701

    annabanana
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    Come to think of it, sometimes we’d get soup – tomato soup, usually, but a soup – very Korean!

    #51702

    Orion
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    when i lived there, we pretty much just ate leftovers.. we had soup, several kinds of kimchi, some side dishes and some fish or meat and rice, of course.

    i remember one time, my boss’s nephew bought some cakes (like chocolate cake) and some tomato juice. i was like EEEEWWWWWWWWW lol but i ate it anyway, so i wouldn’t look rude.

    #51703

    chirp
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    A bowl of steamed rice , (it’s the bread of korean diet)

    soup(light soup, like bean sprout soup, light doenjang tofu soup)

    (we don’t eat jjigae for breakfast. it’s for at least lunch or dinner )

    with ordinary banchan right out of the frige.

    (no to less meat. we usually don’t eat samgyupsal in the morning)

    ->that’s a traditional korean breakfast.

    Takes more time and enthusiasm than cereal & milk

    but it’s called “Mom’s Love”

    #51704

    Sci00
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    Hahaha, I feel weird. I grew up in San Diego with a Korean mom and I was never a big breakfast girl. I usually had my mom’s homemade salsa, tangerine or an avocado and a bowl of Rice! Talk about fusion of cultures!

    #51705

    When I was touring Korea this summer, I stayed with two host families. They both gave people from my group and me rice, soup (Miyuk Guk/ Birthday Soup ^_^ or an egg soup) and a lot of banchan (about 10 different dishes such as japchae, kimchi, quail eggs, Kim, etc.). I’m pretty sure they were up at 6 making breakfast for at least an hour for us.

    The picture is part of one of our breakfasts. They actually made these mini burgers that we just called Asian burgers.

    -신항표

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