Korean Phrases 14: Describing Food


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*the following phrases are formal

매워요.
Maewoyo.
It’s spicy.

셔요.
Shyeoyo.
It’s sour.

짜요.
Jjayo.
It’s salty.

달아요.
Dalahyo.
It’s sweet.

써요.
Ssuhyo.
It’s bitter.


If any of these tastes are a bit too much, just add NEOMU in the front.

너무 매워요.
Nuhmoo maewoyo.
It’s too spicy.

너무 셔요.
Nuhmoo shyeoyo.
It’s too sour.

너무 짜요.
Nuhmoo jjayo.
It’s too salty.

너무 달아요.
Nuhmoo dalahyo.
It’s too sweet.

너무 써요.
Nuhmoo ssuhyo.
It’s too bitter.


Here are more taste descriptions.

감칠맛이에요.
Gamchilmateyeyo.
It’s umami.

맛있어요.
Matissuhyo.
It’s delicious.

맛없어요.
Mateobsuhyo.
It’s not delicious.

신선해요.
Shinsunhaeyo.
It’s fresh.

느끼해요.
Neuggihaeyo.
It’s greasy.

시큼해요.
Shikeumhaeyo.
It’s tangy.

짭짤해요.
Jjabjjalhaeyo.
It’s slightly salty.

싱거워요.
Shingguhwoyo.
It’s bland.

뜨거워요.
Ddeuguhwoyo.
It’s hot.

차가워요.
Chagawoyo.
It’s cold.

시원해요.
Shiwonhaeyo.
It’s refreshing.

건강에 좋아요.
Geongangae joahyo.
It’s healthy.

영양분이 많아요.
Youngyangboonee manahyo.
It’s nutritious.


Eating chips or a piece of steak? Let’s learn about textures.

바삭바삭해요.
Basakbasakhaeyo.
It’s crunchy.

쫄깃쫄깃해요.
Jjolgitjjolgithaeyo.
It’s chewy.

부드러워요.
Boodeuluhwoyo.
It’s soft.

육즙이 좔좔 흘러요.
Yukjeubee jwaljwal heulluhyo.
This meat is juicy.

퍽퍽해요.
Peokpeokhaeyo.
It’s dry.


Want to compliment the chef? Learn these sweet phrases.

요리 너무 잘하세요.
Yolee neomoo jalhaseyo.
You’re such a great cook.

어쩜 이렇게 맛있을 수가 있어요?
Uhjjeom eeluhgae matisseul sooga issuhyo?
How can something be this delicious?

천국에 다녀 온 느낌이예요.
Cheongookae danyuh ohn neuggimeeyeyo.
I feel like I went to heaven and back.

배 부르지만 더 주세요.
Bae booleujiman duh juseyo.
I’m full, but I’ll have some more, please.

돈 잘 썼어요.
Don jal ssuhssuhyo.
It’s money well-spent.


라면 조리법 가르쳐주세요.
Ramyun jolibuhp galeuchyeojuseyo.
Please tell me the recipe to make your ramyun.

김치 조리법 가르쳐주세요.
Kimchi jolibuhp galeuchyeojuseyo.
Please tell me the recipe to make your kimchi.

갈비 조리법 가르쳐주세요.
Galbi jolibuhp galeuchyeojuseyo.
Please tell me the recipe to make your galbi.

Just fill in the blank with the food you were impressed with.

_______ 조리법 가르쳐주세요.
_______ jolibuhp galeuchyeojuseyo.
Please tell me the recipe to make your _______.


먹은 냉면 중에서 제일 맛있어요!
Meokeun nengmyun joongaesuh jaeil matissuhyo!
This is the best nengmyeon I’ve ever eaten!

먹은 김치 중에서 제일 맛있어요!
Meokeun kimchi joongaesuh jaeil matissuhyo!
This is the best kimchi I’ve ever eaten!

Just fill in the blank with a food noun.

먹은 _______ 중에서 제일 맛있어요!
Meokeun _______ joongaesuh jaeil matissuhyo!
This is the best _______ I’ve ever eaten!


Didn’t like the food very much? Eh, it happens.

맛이 이상해요. (Matee esanghaeyo.)
Mashi esanghaeyo.
This tastes weird.

신선하지 않아요.
Shinseonhaji ahnahyo.
This doesn’t taste fresh.

맛에 비하면 너무 비싸요. (Matae…)
Matae beehamyun bissayo.
It’s too expensive compared to the taste.

에이씨, 돈 버렸어요.
Ehesshi, don buhryussuhyo.
Darn, we wasted our money.

After your meal, describe how you’re feeling.

배불러요.
Baeboolluhyo.
I’m full.

더 먹고 싶은데 배불러요.
Duh meokgo shipeundae baeboolluhyo.
I want to eat more, but I’m full.

아직 배고파요.
Ahjik baegopayo.
I’m still hungry.

든든해요.
Deundeunhaeyo.
I’m perfectly full.



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