Updated: Mar 4, 2020

Intimidated by the ingredients or the unfamiliarity of Korean food at your local mom-and-pop stop? Get over it. It’s time to cook Korean at home. Even if you didn’t grow up cooking on a tabletop grill, rest assured the learning curve is not as mountainous as that pile of LA galbi.—INGRAIN, Summer 2019

STORY / Debbie Yoon

Don’t be discouraged when you head to your local Korean market. Sure, the narrow aisles can feel slightly claustrophobic and a towering wall of fruit will likely have you navigating your way through a maze near the entrance. And yes, you’ll be able to smell the seafood section from halfway across the store.

But that’s all part of the fun. Put on your big-boy pants and go explore your local Korean market.


La Galbi (Korean BBQ short ribs)

Bulgogi ("fire meat")

Mul Naengmyeon (ice-cold noodle soup)

Bo Ssam (spicy boiled pork)

Drinks and snacks like Myulchi Bokkeum (stir-fried dried anchovies and peanuts) or banchan like Gool Moo Saeng Chae (oyster & radish kimchi) more your cooking speed? We've got you.

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