Korean Phrases for Vegetarians and Vegans


FEATURED PHRASES:
*the following phrases are formal

채식 음식 어디에서 먹을 수 있어요?
Chaeshik eumshik uhdiaesuh mukeul soo issuhyo?
Where can I eat vegetarian food?

채식 식당 어디있어요?
Chaeshik shikdang uhdi issuhyo?
Where is a vegetarian restaurant?

이슬람 식당 어디있어요?
Eseullam shikdang uhdi issuhyo?
Where is an Islam restaurant?

고기 안 든것 있어요?
Gogi ahn deungeot issuhyo?
Do you have anything without meat?

동물성 식품 들어있어요?
Dongmoolsung shikpoom deuluhissuhyo?
Are there animal products in this?

고기하고 계란 넣지 마세요.
Gogihago gyeran nuhji maseyo.
Please do not put meat and egg in it.


Whenever you don’t want an ingredient in your dish, use this phrase:

_______ 넣지 마세요.
_______ nuhji maseyo.
Please do not put _______ in it.

소금 넣지 마세요.
Sogeum nuhji maseyo.
Please do not put salt in it.

설탕 넣지 마세요.
Sultang nuhji maseyo.
Please do not put sugar in it.


You can also use the phrase…

_______ 는/은 빼주세요.
_______ neun/eun bbaejuseyo.
Please remove the _______.

When do you use NEUN or EUN? It depends on the last character of your chosen noun. If the last character has no bottom consonant, then pair it with NEUN. If the last character does have a bottom consonant, then pair it with EUN. For example…

계란은 빼주세요.
Gyeraneun bbaejuseyo.
Please remove the egg.

GYERAN has the N consonant as the bottom consonant, so we use EUN.

고추는 빼주세요.
Gochuneun bbaejuseyo.
Please remove the red pepper.

GOCHU has no bottom consonant in its last character, so we pair it up with NEUN.

고기는 빼주세요.
Gogineun bbaejuseyo.
Please remove the meat.

GOGI also has no bottom consonant in its last character, so we again pair it up with NEUN.


There will be times when native Koreans ask you curiously:

왜 고기 안드세요?
Wae gogi ahndeuseyo?
Why don’t you eat meat?

You can answer with the following:

동물은 제 친구예요.
Dongmooleun jae chingooyeyo.
Animals are my friends.

그냥 고기 별로 안 좋아해요.
Geunyang gogi byullo ahn joahhaeyo.
I just don’t like meat very much.

다이어트 중이예요.
Daeeuhteu joongeyeyo.
I’m on a diet.

제 종교 때문에요.
Jae jonggyo ddaemoonaeyo.
Because of my religion.

저 불교도예요.
Juh boolgyodoyeyo.
I’m Buddhist.

저 회교도예요.
Juh hwaegyodoyeyo.
I’m Muslim.

If you’re into Buddhist cuisine, go to Insadong. You can choose to eat at Baru Gongyang's affordable buffet or reserve a spot for a full-course meal. Watch KWOW episode 120 for the Baru Gongyang review:


There’s also Sanchon for Buddhist cuisine. It’s located in a traditional house at the end of a zig-zagged alley. During evenings they have live entertainment. Alcohol is served as well. Watch KWOW episode 146 for our Sanchon review:

저 돼지고기 안 먹어요.
Juh dwaejigogi ahn mukuhyo.
I don’t eat pork.

저 흰밥 안 먹어요.
Juh hwinbap ahn mukuhyo.
I don’t eat white rice.

저 흰빵 안 먹어요.
Juh hwainbbang ahn mukuhyo.
I don’t eat white bread.

Just fill in the blank with the food you don’t fancy:

저 _______ 안 먹어요.
Juh _______ ahn mukuhyo.
I don’t eat _______.


For my health conscious buddies out there, you’re looking for substitutes. Want brown rice instead of white rice? Want soy milk instead of cow milk?

현미밥 있어요?
Hyunmibap issuhyo?
Do you have brown rice?

두유 있어요?
Dooyoo issuhyo?
Do you have soy milk?

Anytime you ask for something, fill in the blank with a noun. And it doesn’t have to be a food-related noun.

_______ 있어요?
_______ issuhyo?
Do you have _______?

고양이 있어요?
Goyangee issuhyo?
Do you have a cat?  

자켓 있어요?
Jaket issuhyo?
Do you have a jacket?

차 있어요? Cha issuhyo?
Do you have a car?


Simply fill in the blank for refills:

_______ 더 주세요.
_______ duh juseyo.
Please give me more _______.

반찬 더 주세요.
Please give me more side dishes.

버섯 더 주세요.
Buhsuht duh juseyo.
Please give me more mushrooms.

깻잎 더 주세요.
Ggetnip duh juseyo.
Please give me more sesame leaves.

시금치 더 주세요.
Shigeumchi duh juseyo.
Please give me more spinach.



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