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15 Essential Korean Ingredients

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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.
  1. Soy sauce
  2. Garlic
  3. Sesame seed oil (chamgeereum)
  4. Rice
  5. Kochujang (Korean chili pepper paste)
  6. Kochukaru (Korean chili pepper powder)
  7. Daenjang (Korean soybean paste)
  8. Ginger
  9. Scallions (green onions)
  10. Rice wine (chungju, mirin)
  11. Dried anchovies (myulchi)
  12. Roasted sesame seeds
  13. Gim (dried seaweed sheets)
  14. Noodles (somyun and/or dangmyun)
  15. Tofu
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