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Patricio
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Hi Sambauge,

Although I have loved to eat Korean food occasionally since I was a kid, I started out Korean cooking as a newbie, as we all do I suppose. And yes, I view cooking as somewhat as an art, in that I believe balancing flavors, textures, layers, etc., and the presentation of the food are all important in the making of the dish. The passion you put into a dish is important.

Are you in San Juan? There’s got to be an Asian grocery there for sure. I did a quick Google search and it seems like there are at least 1 or 2 in SJ. If not you can get stuff shipped to you via the internet.

Here’s my recommendations for you (an unprofessional opinion since I’m a newbie, but this works for me):

Always have these things on hand in your kitchen –

low salt soy sauce (Korean pref.)

sweet mirin

white cooking wine (Korean pref.)

cabbage Kimchi

Korean red pepper powder

Korean red pepper flakes

sesame oil

roasted sesame seeds

green onions

green peppers (mild Korean ones are the best, but I have used jalapenos)

seasoned laver (seaweed)

corn syrup

rice vinegar

garlic

sugar

Pretty basic, but you can make a LOT of basic Korean dishes with just this stuff and some beef and rice or what not, and then as your skills grow you can expand from there.

I also recommend, in addition to reading this website, that you get this cookbook asap:

http://www.amazon.com/Discovering-Korean-Cuisine-Recipes-Restaurants/dp/0978541804/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1292191967&sr=1-1

I use this 4-5 times a week, can’t say enough about it.

BTW, I love PRn music. I have made many dishes, Korean and otherise, while listening to PRn salsa, merengue, reggaeton, bomba, plena, jibaro, etc. It’s the best.

Enjoy your cooking adventures!

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