Korean food 101: Top 10 essential dishes
Ready to try Korean? Get started with these hallmarks of the West's "it" cuisine
Eggs: That whole egg placed next to your tofu pot is raw. Just crack and add it to the bubbling stew. Stir gently to fold it into the depths of the stew, where it will steam to soft-cooked perfection.
Soup: Keep your bowl on the table instead of bringing it to your mouth, and use the long-handled “emperor’s spoon.”
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.