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Posted by on Jul 19, 2009 in Ingredients, Korean Food | 2 comments

Essentials for a Korean pantry

Essentials for a Korean pantry

On occasion, my YouTube video viewers have asked me what spices and condiments are essential for a Korean pantry.

Here are the top 8 essential, can’t make Korean food without it pantry items:

  • Gochujang (Korean fermented red pepper paste)
  • Doenjang (Korean miso)
  • Cham girum (Sesame seed oil)
  • Cham ke (Roasted Sesame seeds)
  • Kook ganjang (Korean soy sauce)
  • Garlic
  • Ginsing

Some other important items to have on hand include (in no particular order):

  • Rice
  • Green onions
  • Daikon radish
  • Gochu powder (red pepper powder) New Mexico chili powder is a good substitute
  • Kim/Nori (seaweed wraps)
  • Asian pears (in season in the Fall/Winter)

Hope these tips help you embark upon your own Koreafornia food adventure.


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