In a recent survey conducted by the Korean Promotion Food Institute in South Korea, 4 to 6 out of 10 people in Korea do not consider Korean fried chicken as part of Korean food.
The institute released the results on December 27th and was conducted on the 18th of October to the 21st on Korean food consumption amongst 1,500 adults from the ages of 19 to 69 across the country.
The survey consisted of 30 foods that domestic consumers enjoy and asked if they thought these foods were Korean food.
Results summed up that 63.9% of candidates judged fried chicken was not Korean cuisine and 45.1% of the candidates judged seasoned chicken was not Korean food.
On the other side of the spectrum 99.7% of the candidates replied that Kimchi was Korean cuisine followed by Doenjang Jigae (fermented soybean stew) (99.3%), Korean pancakes (95.3%), Japchae (94.3%), Kimbap (90.8%), samgyupsal (grilled pork belly) (77.9%), Hotteok (Korean sweet pancakes) (68.9%), Hodoo Gwaja (Walnut cookies) (67.0%) and Buddaejigae (army stew) (63.7%).
The foods with that received the lowest votes for Korean cuisine were cheese corn (16.3%), Curry rice (17.3%), western tonkatsu (18.2%), bulgogi pizza/ bulgogi burger (21.9%), garlic baguette sandwich (22.1%), and Jjajangmyeon (Black bean noodles) (35.0%).
On the contrary, the survey given to foreigners in Korea showed that foreigners favored Korean-style chicken as Korean food and as a result received the highest votes.
Although Foreign candidates in Korea voted Korean-style chicken to be Korean cuisine, many Koreans believe otherwise.