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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Kimchi (fermented pickled vegetables)

Kimchi (fermented pickled vegetables)

The staple dish of Korean food originated to preserve veggies for winter. Traditionally brined radish or cabbage, South Korean kimchi tends to be sweeter, saltier, and spicier than North Korean, which is milder, more acidic, and strong on garlic and ginger. Eat it as a snack or with bibimbap.

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