Korean food 101: Top 10 essential dishes

Ready to try Korean? Get started with these hallmarks of the West's "it" cuisine

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What to wash it down with

What to wash it down with

Soju (pictured): Korea’s most popular alcohol. Think filtered sake (rice wine).

Makgeolli:  Unfiltered fermented rice wine that’s a bit effervescent; perfect with pub grub like fried chicken wings.

Beer: Korean brews are mainly lagers; the most popular are Hite, OB, and Castle.

Tea: Restaurants often offer bori cha (barley tea) or oksusu cha (corn tea) to drink with meals. Try it hot or chilled.

Coffee: Koreans love it. Tom N Toms, their Starbucks, is Seoul-based but also in L.A. Menu’s similar, but don’t expect decaf.

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