Kkini Bowl + Chopsticks Set

Modeled after traditional Korean Dolsot bowls used for bibimbap, this set—comprised of a stoneware bowl, bamboo lid and chopsticks—is designed to recall the joy of home. When using it, lifting the lid from the heat-storing bowl reveals a cloud of steam, a moment that Hong Kong-founded homeware brand JIA Inc crafted to invoke memories of sitting down for a home-cooked dinner. While minimalist in aesthetic …

NYC-Made West 32 Soju

A smooth take on the Korean alcohol

by Sun Pak Step into any Korean restaurant on a weekend night and you’ll find similar set-ups at every table: a green bottle of soju perched next to plates of sizzling meats (or bubbling stews) and a collection of small vegetable sides. The clear, simple liquor—akin to a less-alcoholic vodka—washes down the spicy dishes well, and it would be considered egregious to consume less than …

Koreatown: A Cookbook

Getting the lowdown on Korean food and culture, beyond BBQ

The paradox of Koreatown for someone like me, who calls Seoul home outside of NYC: you avoid it as long as you can—save for the occasional trip to H Mart for their affordable bulk kimchi. Yet once that inherent craving for hard-to-cook-yourself dishes like samgyetang or naengmyun strikes, I find myself once again armed with low expectations, waiting in a long line to be seated …