To make Korean foods there are some ingredients that I think you have to prepare. Some of them are unable to purchase from normal supermarket in the USA. So I have gotten those from oriental markets or from my mother in Korea. I categorized those in 3 fields and picked the best 5.
- Soy sauce
For general cooking (as a dipping sauce and for fried rice)
- Sesame oil
- Red pepper paste
- Soy bean paste
- Red pepper powder (chili powder)
: There is chili power in usual mart but Korean one tastes different with it.
- Dried anchovy
- Dried kelp (sliced one is convenient)
- Root of green onion
(you can just cut and save in fridge the root when you cook other dishes)
- Seeds of hot pepper
(we rarely use it but it is useful to make spicy taste of soup)
- Dried seaweed
- Dried Pollack slices
Here are some places I recommend you to get upper ingredients.
3324 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, LA 70006