Baking in Korea is not an easy task. The ovens are small enough to fit on your kitchen counter if your apartment even has one. Whether you want to make pancakes, bake a cake with your rice cooker or just microwaveable treats it’s important to know what is available and what it’s called so trips to the grocery store won’t be daunting.
What’s available at your local grocery store may vary depending on size and location. For most ingredients, there will be English either on the front or back label. For a better understanding of the differences in grocery stores make sure to check out, “Navigating the Korean Supermarket”.
Vanilla extract is not widely carried in Korea, instead vanilla powder is more popular; it’s called 바닐라 가루 or ba-nil-la ga-lu. If you find vanilla extract in Korea it’ll be more expensive and vanilla beans are cheaper, they’re called 바닐라 빈 or ba-nil-la bin. You can always make your own extract if you don’t like the taste of the powder or another alternative is to check out iherb or gmarket. If you need to find something and don’t what it’s called in Korean, the app Papigo (파파고) by Naver is very helpful. Before you start worrying about what isn’t available here’s a glossary of what you can find in Korea.
sodium carbonate 탄산나트륨 (tan-san-na-teu-lyum)
옥수수 맛 건분 (og-su-su mas geon-bun)
옥수수 전분 (og-su-su jeon-bun)
메밀 가루 (me-mil ga-lu)
밀 가루 (mil ga-lu)
all purpose flour
소금 ( so-geum)
하얀 설탕 (ha-yan seol-tang)
갈색 설탕 (gal-saeg seol-tang)
dark brown sugar
흑설탕 ( heug-seol-tang)
식물성 식용유 (sig-mul-seong sig-yong-yu)
휘핑 크림 (hwi-ping keu-lim)
Writer: Lauren Smith
Editor: Jane Castillo
Lead Contributor: Rachel Casseline Pinnock
The collage photos of ingredients are my own. The cover photo is from Congerdesign on Pixelbay.