Things You Should Buy at the Korean Supermarket.
A supermarket is the best place to meet locals and learn their lifestyle. I find it always fun to know local culture. It is also a very good place to buy souvenirs. I love to check out local supermarkets whenever I travel to other countries.
Here, I would like to give you some tips on what to buy at a Korean supermarket. Just give it a try!
Do you know what is most sold spirit in the world? The winner may come as a surprise to most people outside Korea. About 71 million cases of Jinro soju were sold in 2014 only. Emperador brandy was second on the list, at 33 million cases. This distilled rice liquor tastes like light vodka but way cheaper than vodka. Soju usually contains 20% alcohol and costs less than 1,500 won at supermarkets. If you like beer and want to try soju with beer, then make somac, a mixture of beer and soju. The most preferred ratio is 30% soju to 70% beer.
Makgeolli is a fermented rice wine native to Korea. You should shake Makgeolli before drinking it because it is unfiltered.
- Instant Cooked Rice
Rice is at the center of almost every meal in Korea. If you plan to make Korean food at home after returning from Korea, bringing some instant cooked rice might be a good idea. All you need to do is to put the rice in the microwave for 2 minutes and then you will have Korean style rice.
- Three-in-one Coffee
Three-in-one coffee or instant coffee is called “coffee mix” in Korea. Instant coffee is still very popular in Korea especially at home and office. “Coffee mix” is usually very sweet but there is also black coffee. Maxim Mocha/White gold, French Café and Kanu are major brands.
- Green Tea Bags and Green Tea Powder
Nokcha, green tea, is the most consumed tea in Korea. Green tea has relaxing effects and it is enjoyable served hot or cold. Put a teabag in a cup and then pour water over it. Or you can add green tea powder to water (green tea), smoothie, ice cream, bread or anything.
- Oreo O’s
Are you a fan of Oreo? Do you eat cereals for breakfast? Then you should buy Oreo O’s in Korea. It is a cereal consists of many small pieces of Oreo. It was produced worldwide until 2007 but now it is available only in Korea.
- Instant Ramen
Korean instant noodles are generally quite hot but very tasty. If you enjoy spicy food and dare to try, I would recommend Shin Ramyun (spicy), Samyang Ramyun (oldest ramyun brand), Jjapaghetti (non-soup noodle) and Buldalk Bokkeummyeon (warning! sweet and extremely spicy)