In Korea, there's a saying that goes, “In mid-summer, even a grain of cooked rice on the lips feels heavy.” It refers to the fact that people get exhausted easily, and putting up with even the smallest things, like a grain of rice, becomes arduous. This is why Koreans are eager to eat various energy-boosting foods in the summer: to regain vigor and strength. The rejuvenating dishes vary in the type of ingredients, from different meats and seafood, to cooking methods, whether it's a simple noodle dish or a steaming hot soup.
If you have lost your appetite or feel a bit lethargic due to the increasing summer heat, make sure you peruse through some of the tasty options below. Today, we introduce Seoul’s four flavors of summer that will help you beat the heat, bring back your appetite, and boost your energy.