If you really love Korean food, you will love these kitchen staples.
The world has fallen head over heels in love with Korean cooking. The cooking channel Maangchi that features dozens of kinds of Korean dishes, has 3.1 million subscribers as of this writing, and normally rakes in 350,000 views and above every time it posts a new video.
Maangchi’s recipes from five years ago have accumulated more than 9 million views each, making it one of YouTube’s most successful regional cooking channels ever.
In the Philippines, where at least 100,000 South Koreans are now permanent residents, South Korean dishes like samgyupsal, bibimbap, beef bulgogi, kimchi, gimbap, and gochujang have become iconic regulars in restaurants, and take-out outlets in malls. It is no longer a luxury to buy Korean food in Manila and in other neighboring provinces simply because the fare is so common.
Cooking like a Korean
In order to cook like Koreans, you need to get the basics down pat. If you are familiar with Asian styles in general (stir-frying, deep-frying, stewing, simmering, etc.) you are going to be fine. You just need to get your hands on some tasty recipes and the staples of a basic Korean kitchen. And these staples are…
Sushi rice or short-grained, sticky rice. You can find this rice everywhere, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Pro Tip: Make sure that you wash the rice thoroughly before using it for any recipe. Washing removes excess starch from the rice, leading to better appearance and taste, too.