To the Moon and Back: A Lunar New Year Guide

This weekend, Koreans celebrate Seollal, the Korean Lunar New Year. Here is a quick look at the calendar history, the celebration, and, of course, what you should eat.

1. A lunar calendar, as the name indicates, follows the cycles of the moon’s phases. A lunar cycle lasts approximately 29.5 days, so that means some lunar years have 12 months and some have 13, and some months have 29 days and some have 30. It sounds complicated, but it’s methodical.

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10 Pantry Essentials for Korean Cooking

Korean Food and Cooking

by Lauren Bull, CKC Writer

A well-stocked pantry is, in its own right, an essential kitchen tool. With just a few strategically-picked items on hand, you can create dishes on the fly and develop deep flavors in a short amount of time. We’ve compiled ten of the most essential pantry ingredients for Korean cooking, ones that would work for a seasoned chef or a novice cook. Each is versatile, and each has a long shelf life.

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Chimaek: A Korean Classic You’ll Want to Eat Right Now

Korean Food and Cooking

There are some food discoveries that feel like breaking into the vault, and there are others that feel like finding cash on the ground. Those in the latter category are so straightforward, so obvious, so unfair even, that you’re left only to wonder why the rest of us aren’t doing this—or rather, eating like this—all the time.

Chimaek is one such discovery.

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