Korean cuisine has evolved through centuries of social and political change. Originating from ancient agricultural and nomadic traditions in Korea and southern Manchuria, Korean cuisine has evolved through a complex interaction of the natural environment and different cultural trends.
- Korean cuisine is largely based on rice, vegetables, and meats.
- Traditional Korean meals are named for the number of side dishes that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice, with Kimchi served at nearly every meal.
- Commonly used ingredients include sesame oil, doenjang (fermented bean paste), soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes, gochujang (fermented red chili paste) and cabbage.