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Korean Food Basics

An introduction to Korean cuisine and culture with helpful tips and information on Korean table manners and everything else you need to know about cooking and eating Korean food.

A short history of Spam in Korea.
Koreans, normally so health-conscious, love to eat Spam. Find out why.

15 Essential Korean Ingredients
This is a short list of the 15 most important things you need in a well-stocked Korean pantry. You can make a huge variety of Korean dishes using these ingredients, and having most or all of these things on hand in your kitchen will make cooking and meal planning easier.

All About The Korean Pear (Bae), AKA Apple Pear and Asian Pear
All About The Korean Pear (Bae), AKA the Apple Pear and Asian Pear

Secret Korean Tips for Cooking with Garlic
Secret Korean Tips for Cooking with Garlic

An Overview of Korean Temple Cuisine
An overview of Korean Temple Cuisine.

Photo Gallery of Korean Breakfasts
A photo gallery of some breakfasts served in a Korean household, from a full Korean breakfast to a Western-style breakfast.

Korean Food 101
An introduction to Korean food and cuisine with explanations of Korean meals, common spices and ingredients, and Korean culinary history. Whether you are planning to eat in a Korean restaurant, visit Korea, or cook your own Korean food at home, this quick lesson will give you all the basics you need.

What Korean dishes can I eat if I can't handle spicy food?
Can I eat Korean food if I can't eat spicy foods? The answer is: Yes! There are many non-spicy Korean dishes and even spicy Korean dishes can be made mild and still be delicious.

Top 5 Time-saving Tips for Korean Cooking
These cooking preparation tips are short cuts for cooking Korean food. A list that works for both experienced cooks and beginners, these tips will help you save time in the kitchen. Although Korean meals looks labor intensive with all the side dishes, there are many things you can do to make your life easier.

Korean Table Manners
Politeness is very important to Koreans and there is a lot of emphasis placed on sharing meals and drinks. Although some of the older traditions have relaxed in recent years, this list of Korean table manners includes etiquette still in use today.

Popular Korean Dishes
Gallery of Popular Korean Dishes, from a spicy chicken stew to Korean dumplings.

How to Cook Korean Braised Shortribs (Galbi Jim)
A step-by-step photo guide to cooking Korean Braised Shortribs (Galbi Jim).

Korean Anchovy Stock
This fish-based broth is the traditional base for Korean soups and stews. Although meat broth has become more popular in recent years, this anchovy soup stock is still a staple in Korean cooking. It doesn't have a strong fish odor, but adds a deep and savory element when used in cooking Korean soups and stews.

Korean Beef Broth
This is the simple recipe for basic Korean beef stock that can be used to make Korean stews and soups. Easy to make ahead and freeze, it is a useful base broth for any type of soup, not just Korean.

Do Korean People Eat Their Pet Dogs?
Questions about Koreans and dog meat, answered by your Korean food guide on about.com. I've received some questions about how dog meat is cooked and served in Korea, and I've tried to give researched and even-handed responses.

Do Koreans Really Eat Dog?
Questions about Koreans and dog meat, answered by your Korean food guide on about.com. I've received some questions about how dog meat is cooked and served in Korea, and I've tried to give researched and even-handed responses.

What is Korean Daenjang?
Korean Daenjang (Doen Jang) is a fermented soybean paste that is a staple of the Korean diet. It is used as a dip for vegetables, as the flavoring...

The place to start: Korean cuisine at a glance
If you love Korean food and you're looking for a place to start, then refer to this list for easy menu plans, Korean cooking basics, pantry staples, and Korean cuisine resources.

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