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About Korean Ingredients

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This Week's Film: The Bow Cuisine: Korean

Although Korean cuisine includes a wide array of fascinating ingredients from spices to pickles, a few well chosen items will enable you to pull off an authentic Korean meal. Among them, the most important are: short grain rice, ginger, garlic, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, Asian fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, chili garlic sauce, a spicy red pepper paste called gochujang, and of course, kimchi, the ubiquitous spicy fermented cabbage.

Where to Find Ingredients

Korean cuisine is popular in many countries, and most cities of significant size have several Asian markets that carry a variety of Korean ingredients. And cities with a sizeable Korean population may also have several Korean grocery stores. However, if you live in an area where Korean ingredients are not available locally, they can be ordered online at