Korean cuisine
cooking ingredients

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Korean cuisine
cooking ingredients


Spicing is robust. Chili peppers, toasted sesame seeds, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and fermented soy bean paste are among the commonest flavorings.


Beef is the favorite Korean meat. Pork and chicken are also popular.


The long coastlines and cold mountain streams yield a bounty of fish and shellfish. The latter is often dried.


Korean cooks show great love and respect for produce. This includes Asian-style cabbage, daikon, cucumbers, beans, mushrooms, and bean sprouts.

Chief starch staple

Rice is the leader, and is usually the short-grained sticky variety. Noodles (especially rice and buckwheat) are also popular.

Bean Curd

As in China and Japan, bean curd is widely used by cooks.

Korean beverages


Herbal, spice, and barley teas are popular dining accompaniments, though plain water is also a beverage of choice at a meal.

Alcoholic drinks

Favorites include beer and potent clear spirits like soju.

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