Korean Food Basics

This section provides information on Korean food in general and by explaining curious ingredients or customs, you will learn what to watch out for when doing grocery shopping and how to better experience Korean food culture.

There are several subsections, which are structured by a unifying theme as follows:

Phenomenons of Korean food culture

Korea’s natural food colors – #EatTheRainbow

  • ❤️ Red
  • 🧡 Orange
  • 💛 Yellow
  • 💚 GreenNokcha 녹차 and ssuk
  • 💜 Purple – sweet potatoes
  • 🖤 Black – animal- versus plant-based

Characteristic ingredients of Korean cuisine – seasonal and veggie-friendly

Hand-made Tofu (손두부) and Korean jellies at a traditional market.
  • 🍚 Rice
  • 🍮 Tofu and soy products
    • 🍮 Son dubu 손두부 – firm hand-made tofu
    • 🍮 Yeon dubu 연두부 – soft tofu
    • 🍮 Sun dubu 순두부 – silken tofu
    • 🥛 Duyu 두유 – soy milk
    • 🥛 Kongguk 콩국 – thick soy milk
  • 🍮 Korean jellies
    • 🌱 Gonyak 곤약 – smells like squid!
    • 🌱 Umuk 우묵 – low calorie summer jelly
    • 🌱 Dotori muk 도토리묵
    • 🌱 Cheongpo muk 청포묵
    • 🐷 Gelatin – watch out: hidden gelatin!
  • 🌿 Spring greens – a seasonal treat
  • 🍅 Tomatoes – sweet AND salty
  • 🍅 Persimmons – the no-tomatoes
  • 🍠 Lotus roots – beautiful as the flower
  • 🍠 Sweet potatoes – edible every way
  • 🥔 Potatoes – snack or staple?
  • 🥔 Ma – mysterious and mild medicine?