Here is a list of what I keep stocked in my kitchen. If you are just starting out in Korea, this could be useful. It might seem like a lot, but I definitely recommend stocking your kitchen if you cook most meals at home. It will be worth it and you will not be limited by only having a few ingredients. All of the ingredients listed below can be found at Home Plus (1-stop shopping!).
Soy Sauce- Low Sodium Honey Sugar
Rice Vinegar Rice Wine Hot Pepper Paste
Ground Black Pepper Natural Salt Beef Stock Seasoning
Chicken Bouillon Dried Herbs/Spices Ketchup
Oyster Sauce Dark Rice Syrup Sesame Oil
Whole Wheat Flour White Wheat Flour Yeast
Cocoa Powder Baking Soda Baking Powder
Balsamic Vinegar Red Wine Vinegar Canola Oil
Mixed Grain Rice Fish Sauce Olive Oil
Soybean Paste Sesame Seeds Canned Tomatoes
Canned Beans (kidney, black) Chocolate Chips
Cornstarch Coconut Xylose Sugar
I also wanted to share some of my favorite Korean products/brands, listed below.
-CJ Roasted Chestnuts
These are something I never used to eat in the states, however, they are really delicious and healthy! You can find these most places.
-Well-being Mocha Gold with 1/2 Calories
Mocha Gold coffee mix is found EVERYWHERE in Korea, but I like the one with 1/2 the calories, sweetened with a natural sugar alcohol. You can find this mix at local marts or online (gmarket), I haven’t seen it in the bigger stores like Home Plus.
-Ottogi Strawberry Jam
This is seriously good. I even like it better than the strawberry jam I used to buy in the states! I like to eat it with my Sunday Morning Biscuits. You can find it just about anywhere.
-Ice Cream Bars
Korea makes some really amazing ice cream bars. Here are my favorites. The watermelon bar is refreshing and healthy with 2.5 g of Fiber. The Green Tea Mochi with walnut ice cream has great flavor and texture. The fish one is surprisingly good despite its weird look, the red bean tastes more like strawberry jam and the ice cream tastes like whipped cream, its heavenly!
Sounds weird, but it is actually really refreshing on a hot summer day. You can find the juice anywhere.
-Brown Rice Green Tea (Nokcha)
This is a mild earthy tasting tea. I actually like it better than regular green tea.
-Citron Tea (Yujacha)
Citron tea is wonderful if you have a cold. It is loaded with vitamin C and coats your throat, plus it’s delicious.
-Dr. You Products
Dr. You has more fiber and protein than other Korean snack foods. These are nice if you are hungry for a sweet treat on-the-go or at work.
You will notice in my recipes, I recommend the Pulmuone brand. It is an all-natural brand in Korea and I really like most of their products. I have listed a few below including their tofu, dressings, frozen noodles, and mandu (vegetable and kimchi flavors).