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Crazy for Korean

The ingredients, books, and info you need to share in our most recent food infatuation. 

  1. Fish Sauce Yes, it's used in Korean dishes, too, as a shortcut to umami. We love Red Boat.
  2. Koreatown Lively, recipe-driven required reading by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodboard.
  3. Cook Korean! Find this playful comic book of recipes by Robin Ha on shelves next month.
  4. Korean Food Made Simple The title of this must-have cookbook from Judy Joo says it all.
  5. Brown Sugar Seems simple, but good luck achieving signature flavors without it.
  6. Kimchi Embrace the fab and funky power of fermentation. Try Simply Seoul brand.
  7. Baroo LA chef Kwang Uh's food is as inspired as it is Instagram-worthy (@baroo_la).
  8. Gochujang Try it and you won't be able to cook without this sweet, spicy pepper taste.
  9. Fresh Garlic This is a nonnegotiable elemental flavor in the Korean kitchen.
  10. Soy Sauce Always have a bottle (or two) on hand. We opt for Kikkoman lower-sodium.
  11. Gochugaru Like red pepper flakes but roastier-toastier. Fine and coarse are available.
  12. Tabletop Grill Schedule a Korean BBQ night; these iconic grills are easy to find online.
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