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6 Korean Supermarkets With Online Delivery To Get Korean Groceries

Korean supermarkets in Singapore


If you’ve binged enough K-dramas like Crash Landing On You and The King: Eternal Monarch, you’ve definitely seen tempting snacks, steaming hot coffee product placements, as well as the ASMR-esque instant ramen-slurping at least more than once. 

When the savouries and sweets at your neighbourhood supermarket just aren’t cutting it anymore, here are six Korean supermarkets around the island for you to stock up on everything from honey butter chips and lotte pie to freshly made kimbap. Additionally, all of them have delivery services so you won’t have to step out of the house.

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1. Lee Mart – freshly made kimbap and in-store restaurant


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Guests are typically greeted by the sight of ahjummas as they prepped fresh kimbap (Korean sushi rolls), banchan (side dishes), and kkochi eomuk (fish cake soup) right smack at the Lee Mart storefront at Suntec City Mall. But even if you can’t enjoy that sight IRL, you can still grab your kimbaps and other Korean essentials online.

If you think that’s cool, you can look forward to dining at their in-store restaurant in the future. Expect wholesome Korean grub such as fried dumplings, pork cutlets, and fried chicken.

Must-try dishes:

  • Soondubu Jjigae (Tofu Stew) for wholesome Korean soul food at $13.80
  • Gyeran Jjim (Korean Steamed Eggs) to calm your taste buds after a spicy meal at $5.80

The whole array of banchans that’s available at Lee Mart
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The mart side of things stocks a whole plethora of pantry goodies from packaged Samgyetang (Korean Ginseng Chicken Stew) to the usual snack suspects and a range of soju.

Have banchans brought to your doorstep from Lee Mart, with free delivery for orders above $70.

Lee Mart – Wonderful Bap Sang
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-609/610 Suntec City Mall East Wing, Singapore 038983
Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6732 0974
Nearest MRT: Promenade

Chinatown Point
Address: 133 New Bridge Road, #01-37 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6698 0482
Nearest MRT: Chinatown

Hillion Mall
Address: 17 Petir Road, B2-20 Hillion Mall, Singapore 678268
Operating Hours: Sun-Thur 10AM-9PM | Fri-Sat 10AM-9. 30PM
Telephone: 6698 0482
Nearest MRT: Bukit Panjang

Heartland Mall
Address: 205 Hougang Street 21, #02-03 Heartland Mall, Singapore 530205
Operating Hours: 10AM-9PM, Daily
Nearest MRT: Kovan


2. Shine Korea – discounts up to 50% off


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Shine Korea is one of the oldest Korean grocery stores in Singapore and a go-to for many of us looking for a quick craving fix. But a lesser-known fact about the mart is that the mart often offers discounts of up to 50% on its selection of goodies.

Munch on your bacon chips while you laze around with your iPad loaded with K-shows
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From well-known snacks like Yopokki and the Lotte Yogurt Jelly to staple Korean nosh like seasoned seaweed and kimchi, you’ll find almost any Korean snack, drink or instant noodle you’re craving for at any one of Shine Korea’s 10 outlets across the island.

Their online store offers free delivery over $80 for grocery shopping without having to handle heavy grocery bags and provides food lovers with a slew of easy-to-follow recipes for you to whip up Korean classics at home. 

Grab your fave Korean snacks for less without leaving home from Shine Korea.


3. Solmart – regularly imported fresh Korean produce


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Instead of spending more than you should on imported fruits at your regular supermarket, head to Solmart to sink your teeth into fresh Korean apples, Shingo pears and sweet persimmons. The store imports fresh produce from Korea every two-four weeks to bring in locally-grown fruits, veggies and meats.

Those really into replicating authentic dishes can also grab fresh veggies here – expect to find wild chives, water parsley, ssukgat (chrysanthemum greens) and Korean spinach.

If you’re feeling extra lazy on weekends, grab yourself a cup of good Korean ramyeon to satisfy your hunger pangs.
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Apart from the regular condiments, snacks and dried foods, you’ll also be treated to a range of Korean health and beauty products. Think magnetic hula hoops for slimming and bamboo salt toothpaste.

For fellow bums, there’s an online store for your convenience. You can waive the standard $8 delivery fee if your order is above $80. On top of that, get next-day delivery if you place orders before 12PM. 

Square 2 @ Novena
Address: 10 Sinaran Drive, #03-06 Square 2 @ Novena, Singapore 307506
Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6397 6421
Nearest MRT: Novena

West Mall
Address: 1 Bukit Batok Central Link, #04-20, Singapore 658713
Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6862 8225
Nearest MRT: Bukit Batok


4. Koryo Mart – Korean home and living products with free delivery


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Koryo Mart stocks everything you’d expect a typical Korean mart to – citron teas, energy drinks, Market O brownies and canned foods. And on top of all that, it also offers a range of Korean soaps, detergents, and sanitary pads for Korean expats in Singapore.

Their online store also has a range of Korean home and living products such as stainless steel hanging racks, mop sets and storage organisers going at affordable prices for you to spruce up your home.

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With eight outlets scattered across the country, you can start stockpiling your favourite snacks over the weekends for a refreshed home or work pantry. Delivery schedules have been adjusted due to Covid-19 restrictions, but deliveries typically take between two-three working days. Order online on Koryo Mart’s website.


5. Harin Mart – online supermarket with $3 delivery


Purely an online mart, Harin Mart is the place to go if you’re in the market for some serious grocery shopping. KBBQ fanatics look forward to all the good stuff like seasoned beef galbi, marinated chicken bulgogi, beef marrows, tendons and tails should you ever be interested in whipping up a K-food storm.

If you want to make some Korean pancakes, Hotteok Mix is available at Harin Mart.
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The lack of a physical retail space also means that prices here are cheaper than the other K-marts around. And if Crash Landing On You has got you itching to try some dried pollack to go with your beer – you’ll be able to snag legit dried pollack here.

Online orders above $50 come with a flat $3 delivery fee!

Order up galbi sets online for a stay-home KBBQ from Harin Mart.


6. K-Fresh on Redmart – fresh Korean fruits and veggies


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If you’re all about whipping up your own dishes from scratch at home, take a gander at RedMart’s K-Fresh section. Stocked with fresh Korean ingredients and produce like gochugaru (hot peppers), perilla leaves, and sweet potatoes, this is the go-to stop for home cooks.

Get free delivery above $60 on RedMart.


Korean supermarkets for your next snack fix


Expand your repertoire of Korean snacks and recipes with these six Korean supermarkets around the island. From fresh kimchi and kimbap to dried pollock and imported Korean fruits, you’ll never have to lament another day with an unsatisfied craving.

And with most of these Korean supermarkets offering online shopping and delivery services, you’ll be able to stock up on all your necessities without leaving the confines of your home.


Originally published by Yada Kadir on 16th June 2020. Last updated by Ra Krishnan on 3rd June 2021.
Cover images adapted from (clockwise from top left): Yellowsing, Nestia, Foursquare, @shinekorea

Best Places to Get the Most Authentic Korean Food in Singapore

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We seem to love everything Korean these days, from music (K-pop) to snacks (fried chicken – sinful but oh-so-delicious!) to desserts (bingsu)…and so much more. And when it comes to Korean food, there is a lot more to discover than just kimchi, army stew and bibimbap (although these are a staple to the cuisine, of course).

Even though Korean restaurants have been dotted all over Singapore for many years now, it can be hard to tell sometimes what’s authentic and what’s just generally Asian food with a Korean twist — so we’ve done the work for you. Here are some Korean restaurants that will give a bonafide experience and please anyone with a love for the country, and its cuisine.

Bigmama Korean Restaurant

Candy Namgung Ji Young, a former tutor who spent years cooking for Korean students studying in Singapore, decided to open her own restaurant in 2012. Not surprisingly, the menu here is filled with home-style dishes and she makes them with a little help from her mum’s recipes. The no-frills look of the restaurant gives it a more authentic, ‘homely’ look, so it actually adds to its charm.

The specialities here are suyuk (steamed pork belly) and dakgalbi (pan-fried chicken), which isn’t served in many Korean restaurants here. Some of the dishes have been tweaked to suit Singaporean tastes but if you’ve ever dined at someone’s home in Korea, you’ll appreciate the food here. It gets busy very often so it’s best to make a reservation before you head here.

Kim Tian Road, Singapore 169244, tel: 6270 7704.
For more information, visit www.bigmama.sg.

Todamgol

Situated along Tanjong Pagar Road, Todamgol’s cosy interiors make dining here an absolute delight. Besides a wide array of authentic Korean fare such as grilled mackerel, spicy sea snails with noodles, army stew and bibimbap, it also has a good range of traditional rice wine for you to choose from.

31 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088454, tel: 65 6224 7077
Opening hours: Click here

Waker Chicken

Run by a Korean couple, this friend chicken store may seem to be Toa Payoh’s best kept secret, until you run into long lines during lunch and dinner hours. The menu is simple – choose between chicken, bones and all, or chicken tenders if you just wanna pop them into your mouth (and believe us, you would want to). It comes in four flavours: plain, soy sauce, sweet and spicy, and our favourite, honey butter.
Reminiscent of honey butter chips, these tender chicken bites have a nice sweet-savoury taste with the fragrant aroma of butter. Expect a wait of between 20 to 60 minutes during weekends.

125 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-523,  Singapore 310125. 
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 5.30pm-10.30pm. Sat-Sun/PH, 1pm-10.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Paik’s Bibim

If bibimbap is your favourite Korean dish, this is the place to go, as it offers a modernised version of this popular food. This restaurant chain is the brainchild of Jong Won Paik, one of the most successful celebrity chefs in Korea. The first restaurant in Singapore opened in 2013 and there are seven outlets here now. You’ll find modern interpretations of the traditional dish here and the bibimbap is served with a hearty serving of fresh vegetables so you won’t feel guilty indulging in this. And, if you prefer noodles to rice, there are noodle dishes too, such as Paik’s Bibim Warm Noodles with Soy Sauce, which is packed with savoury soy minced meat and lots of vegetables.

At various locations such as Vivocity, Citylink Mall and Tiong Bahru Plaza, visitwww.facebook.com/paiks.bibimsg/ for details.

Guksu

There’s a fascinating – and inspirational – story behind this restaurant and the dish that it specialises in. Guksu is a type of Korean noodles that has been part of Korea for over 4,000 years. It was initially only enjoyed regularly by royals as flour was a rare commodity and, therefore, expensive. However, after the end of World War II, when many of the country’s rice fields were lost, the Americans brought lots of flour into the country. Mdm Park Mi Suk began preparing these noodles with her closely-guarded secret recipe and fed the town that she lived in. This restaurant was started as a tribute to Mdm Park’s fervour and is helmed by Executive Chef Kang Heunseong, who just happens to be Mdm Park’s grandson. The homemade noodles are made with Mdm Park’s recipe, with specially-imported Korean flour. The Korean noodles take centrestage here and there are three types to choose from (from thinnest to thickest: So Meon, Jung Meon and Kalguksu Meon) then you match it with the broth of your choice. The restaurant is also famous for its Korean fried chicken so make sure you order some with your meal – or as a meal, we won’t judge.

At 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-385 Suntec City Convention Mall, Singapore 038983, tel: 6334 7950. Visit www.facebook.com/guksu1945/

Wang Dae Bak

Stepping into this BBQ restaurant will make you feel like you’ve travelled to Seoul. It harks back to the days when people used to meet to eat, drink and talk, and aims to remind diners of that communal spirit that brought friends and family together. It uses real charcoal for its BBQ (which adds to its flavour) and only high-quality meats are served here. Take your pick from a variety of marinated and non-marinated meats or you can go for its set menus too. Other items include kim chi pancake, ginseng chicken soup, Korean style instant noodle and spicy chicken stew.

At 98 Amoy Street, Singapore 069918, tel: 6226 0450, and 22 Cross St, #01-64 China Square Central, Singapore 048423, tel: 6225 2646. Visit here

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8 Korean BBQ

If pork is your meat of choice, this is the place to go. It serves thick slices of Mangalitza pork belly, which is often referred to as ‘the Kobe beef of pork’. The Mangalitza Hog is a rare pig of Hungarian origin and its meat is lower in cholesterol, and has higher levels of zinc, copper, iron and oleic acid. Order the 8 Colours Set and you’ll be served the pork belly in eight flavours – wine, original, ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, miso paste, and red pepper paste. Beef aficionados will love this restaurant too as there’s a choice of Argentinian grass fed, USDA prime and Japanese Wagyu beef. The Korean Grilled Squid is a good choice from the seafood selection and other popular dishes here include Army Stew, Seafood Pancake and Black Ginseng Chicken Soup. It’s a full-service BBQ restaurant so all you have to do here is enjoy your food after it’s been expertly prepared at your table.

At 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-79/90 The Central, Singapore 059817, tel: 8692 1188, and Shaw Centre #04-20/21, 1 Scotts Rd Singapore 228208, tel: 9018 9212. Visit www.8koreanbbq.com

Seoul Restaurant

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Authentic flavours take centre stage here, with modern Korean cuisine that reflects authentic Korean culture, while embracing local tastes too. Go for the BBQ lunch or dinner buffet – you can choose the normal or premium buffet, or one without beef. And make sure you wipe your plates clean as a $50 fine will be charged if there is more than 100g of leftover food (yay to zero waste!). You could also choose the items you want from the a la carte menu, if you just fancy having a few specific dishes. And, if you’re looking for a private or corporate dining experience, the traditional Hanjeongsik Course set menus will give you an experience that was enjoyed in the royal palaces and aristocrats’ homes. It’s fine dining done in traditional Korean style and sure feels like a meal fit for royalty.

At #03-02 Regent Hotel, No.1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, tel: 6338 8548. Visit www.seoul.com.sg

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Hanwoori Korean Restaurant

Anyone who has lived in the Serangoon Garden area will know that there’s tons of good food to be had here and you can find a plethora of cuisines too. Hanwoori is one such exciting eatery here, and it’s a low-key establishment that’s mostly known to those who frequent the area, or if you’re a big fan of Korean food. There are BBQ meat dishes and bibimbap but a must-try is the Kimchi Hotpot. Lunchtime is a good time to dine here as they serve a number of $10 nett options then, and these items are rotated often too. But probably the most exciting attraction here is the ladyboss, who is quite a character, to say the least. Pop in and experience her friendly chatter and you’ll definitely be back for more.

At 76 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555972, tel: 8181 7225. Visit www.facebook.com/pg/hanwoorisg/posts/?ref=page_internal

SBCD Korean Tofu House

Tofu fans should head here as there’s a variety of dishes to choose from. The signature dish here is the Soontofu Soup (‘soon’ means soft) and it’s made from white soybeans imported from South Korea, then boiled, curdled and pressed for just the right taste and texture. Every soontofu dish is handmade fresh daily in the restaurant’s kitchen and the 10-ingredient soup broth is made from a secret recipe. After boiling, the broth is left to set for a couple of days so the flavour is brought out naturally, instead of having to add any artificial flavouring. Choose your spice level – mild, medium, spicy and crazy hot – then pick the soontofu that takes your fancy, including oyster, kimchi biji, seafood, original beef and original pork. There are other dishes to try here too, such as Grilled Chicken (spicy or teriyaki sauce), LA Galbi (BBQ short ribs) and Cockles Bibimbap (rice with spicy cockles and seaweed). The restaurant also serves Korean puffer fish, and claims to be the first Korean restaurant in Singapore to do so.

7 Wallich Street, #B1-01/02 Tanjong Pagar Centre, Singapore 077884, tel: 6386 6441, and 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-114 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039586, tel: 6873 6441. Visit https://sbcd.com.sg

Captain K

The seafood tower craze from Korea hit Singapore in the form of this restaurant. How does this concept work? The tiers are stacked one on top of another and a variety of seafood are cooked in steamers, layer by layer, from top to bottom, so you can eat off the tower one tier at a time. Order the number of towers you’d like to enjoy according to how many people you’re dining with (or how hungry you all are). The sauce bar has two dozen condiments and ingredients and there are suggestions as to how to pair each food so you won’t be lost even if it’s your first time here. The broth sits in a pot at the bottom of the tower and, with the juices from the seafood dripping down right to the bottom, you’ll end up with a soup base full of flavours. Order a premium soup base such as Korean Ginseng Chicken, Korean Kimchi or Korean Tomato. When you’re done with all the seafood on the towers, turn your meal into a hot pot feast by ordering other items to cook in this soup base. There are other types of food to order here too, such as Garlic Pork Belly, Fried Seafood Tofu, and Captain K’s Sweet Potato Fries.

At 112 Middle Road, #01-00 Midland House, Singapore 188970, tel: 6255 5744. Visit www.captainksg.com

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Bornga

Also owned by Korean celebrity chef Jong Won Paik, this popular chain from South Korea has a couple of outlets in Singapore too. The restaurant’s specialty, Woo Sam Gyup, is a must-try. It’s Chef Paik’s recipe of thinly-sliced beef, seasoned with a top-secret marinade. Eat the juicy meat by itself once it’s cooked or dip it in the accompanying spicy sauce, or why not roll it up with some vegetables too? If you prefer to stay cool and not have a grill with sizzling meat in front of you, try the Born-Ga Naeng Mun – buckwheat noodles served in an icy-cold broth, with vegetables, pear and beef slices, and topped with a hard-boiled egg. Cold noodles might not be something we’re used to but this just might surprise your taste buds – in a good way.

#01-641 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983, tel: 6836 3291, and #02-123 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585, tel: 6376 8268. Visit www.facebook.com/Borngasg/

7 places in Singapore that sell authentic Korean groceries, Lifestyle News

Has watching all those Korean dramas made you crave Korean food? We feel you.

While there are plenty of delicious restaurant options out there, why not recreate your own piping hot bowl of sundubu-jjigae (soft tofu stew), comforting naengmyeon (cold noodles) or even DIY a hearty Korean barbeque at home?

For starters, you’ll need to get your hands on authentic Korean ingredients. To help you out, we’ve listed down seven places where that import ingredients directly from South Korea, from frozen meats to fresh fruits and vegetables. Most are available online too!

1. Shine Korea

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Shine Korea is probably the biggest Korean supermarket chain in Singapore, with 11 outlets around the island. They have quite a few outlets downtown and in the CBD area, with a several heartland stores in Tampines, Harbourfront and Woodlands.

Shine Korea claims to sell “authentic Korean products at the best price”, which sounds about right. Their prices are quite competitive, and they do have a huge variety. They sell everything from packet ramyeon, tidbits, condiments and beverages.

The famous samyang fire noodles are $6.90 for a pack of five, and you can find lots of Korean chips and crackers for under $2 per pack.

If you can’t swing by any of the physical outlets, you can also shop online either directly at their website. There’s free delivery for orders above $80, and you will get your groceries within five days.

2. Koryo Mart 

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There are a lot of people who visit Korean supermarkets just to feel Korean. That’s right – no shopping lists, no agenda. Just there to comb the shelves and soak in the atmosphere.

If that’s the experience you’re looking for, give Koryo Mart a shot. It seems to be targeted at Korean expats living in Singapore – even their website is mostly in Korean. Koryo has eight branches, some of which go by the name “K-Market”.

Here you can stock up on kimchi, ramen noodles, topokki, seaweed, soups, sauces and marinades, as well as a range of frozen meats including pork belly (samgyeobsal) and short rib bone (LA galbi) for your DIY Korean BBQ.

While Koryo Mart is one of the cheaper Korean supermarkets, in general, the prices don’t vary by that much across the chains. If you have one near you, great. If not, don’t bother – you’ll probably save only five to 10 per cent. Delivery is free with a $70 minimum order, though!

3. SolMart 

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SolMart’s website is also in Korean, but unlike Koryo’s, there are no English translations. So if you want to shop on their e-store, be prepared for some (probably inaccurate) translations by Google.

It may be easier to shop on their Qoo10 store instead, or visit one of their three outlets in Novena Square 2, West Mall or The Star Vista.

In addition to the usual snacks and condiments, SolMart also sells fresh meat, fruits and vegetables, such as Shingo pears and oranges from Jeju, all imported from South Korea. The fresh stuff isn’t particularly cheap though – 500g of sliced beef is $13.90 and 500g of pork belly is $11.

For those, you might be better off heading to your nearby NTUC.

Order by 12noon for next-day delivery, with free shipping for orders above $80. For orders below $80, there’s an $8 delivery fee. Delivery is not available on Sundays and public holidays.

4. Lee Mart 

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There are three Lee Mart outlets, which are at Chinatown Point, Suntec City and Hillion Mall. In addition to Korean groceries, the Suntec City Mall outlet actually has a diner where you can order fresh kimbap (Korean sushi-style rolls), kkochi eomuk (fish cake soup) and even a selection of side dishes or banchan.

Their online store also stocks a variety of ingredients for you to recreate your favourite Korean dishes, such as frozen fish cakes, cheese tteokbokki (rice cakes), and bean paste for stews. Delivery is free for orders over $70.

Lee Mart also has a small selection of snacks and cooking ingredients on Qoo10 and Foodpanda.

5. HarinMart

HarinMart is an online Korean grocer; they do not have a brick and mortar store. That would explain their prices, which seem the lowest of all.

For instance, a standard 360ml bottle of soju is only $9, compared to $10+ elsewhere. HarinMart sells a huge variety of products, including Korean side dishes (like pickled radish and rice cakes), frozen and dried seafood, ready-to-eat meals and more.

They even have Korean ginseng products ($6.80 to $285).

Delivery is a flat-fee of $3 with minimum order of $50.

6. K-Fresh Zones at selected Fairprice outlets 

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You can now pick up seasonal fruits and veggies at 18 FairPrice Finest and Fairprice Xtra outlets (see outlet listing here).

These outlets have designated “K-fresh” zones for premium seasonal Korean produce that are freshly imported from Korea, such as perilla leaves, ssam cabbage, incubator pumpkins, chestnut sweet potatoes, muscat grapes and Hallabong mandarins.

As the produce is seasonal, you can consider calling ahead to find out what’s available before heading down.

7. K-fresh on RedMart 

Want to buy K-fresh goods online? Go to RedMart and select the brand “K-fresh”, which will show you all the seasonal fruits and vegetables available now, all at fairly reasonable prices.

RedMart also imports a variety of popular traditional Korean frozen foods, such as soy marinated Suhyup Korean Crab ($35.40) and Arumi Korean Japchae ($4.80).

This article was first published in MoneySmart.

11 Korean Marts in Singapore Including Online Marts For Added Convenience and Doorstep Delivery

Korean marts are one of our favourite places to do some grocery shopping. You get to choose from a variety of delicious ramyeon, snacks, and drinks. Sometimes, you can even find trending items in Korea without traveling to Korea. Here are 11 Korean marts in Singapore you can visit for a quick taste of Korea:

Korean Marts in Singapore

Lee Mart

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We often associate Lee Mart as the Korean mart in Singapore that sells side dishes. When visiting Lee Mart, you’ll often find a side counter selling banchan such as anchovies, kimchi, and braised lotus roots.

You can find a wide array of instant noodles, cup ramyeons, and frozen food to go with your banchan.

There are currently 4 Lee Mart outlets in Singapore: Hillion Mall, Chinatown Point, Suntec City Mall, and Heartland Mall. You can also opt to shop online and get free delivery above purchases of $70.

Koryo Mart

All the drinks in this video, we bought from Koryo Mart!

 

We often visit Koryo Mart for inspiration for our MiddleClass Tries shoots. Recently, we even saw the infamous Green Onion Cereal in a Koryo Mart! You can expect a wide variety of products such as meal kits and frozen foods.

There are various Koryo Mart outlets in Singapore – Beauty World, Telok Ayer, and more. Click here to find an outlet near you. They also offer deliveries as well.

SingSing Mart

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SingSing Mart is run by people who have been distributing Korean products worldwide since 2012. They currently have an outlet in Jalan Jurong Kechil but you can also find them in the Korean food section at Hao Mart Excellente.

You can shop online as well and there’s free delivery for orders over $80. Alternatively, you can shop with SingSing Mart via their official Shopee store.

Chorok Market

Chorok Market is a relatively new Korean supermarket in Orchard selling items from brands like Pulmuone. They also have freshly imported vegetables from Korea, convenient air fryer frozen goods and $9.90 soju!

If you’re too lazy to head to Orchard, you can purchase items online via their website. Free delivery for orders above $80!

Shine Korea

Shine Korea is perhaps one of the most well-known Korean marts in Singapore with various outlets spread across our little red dot. Some of their best-selling items are the Samyang range of instant noodles. You can find new Samyang items here, such as the Buldak Tomato Pasta, Samyang Hot Pepper Jjamppong/Jjajang.

You can also opt for a more convenient experience by shopping online. Free delivery for orders above $80.

Sol Mart

Sol Mart has been in Singapore since 2002. Apart from the usual items, Sol Mart imports fresh produce such as Korean radishes and vegetables on a weekly basis which you can get via their website.

They also have an official Shopee store, where you can get items such as Jongga Kimchi. If not, you can take a look at one of their four physical stores in Singapore located in Bukit Timah Plaza, Square 2, West Mall and JEM.

Harin Mart

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Harin Mart is an online Korean grocer with no physical store. You can find a wide range of fresh produce and even seasonal products such as the Korean Yellow Melon and Jeju Mandarins.

Bottled Korean liquor is also affordable, with the fruit sojus going as low as $9/bottle.

Place an order via their website. Delivery is $3 with a minimum purchase of $50 required.

BlueBasket

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We like to call BlueBasket the modern Korean mart as it offers lots of trendy items and kitchenware. From beautiful, minimalistic Jeju bowls and plates to trendy foods like Fishcake Noodle Tteokbokki and Makgeolli Brewing Kits – you can find the hottest items on SNS here!

BlueBasket offers free delivery for orders above $80 and New BB members get a free delivery coupon with no minimum spend. Order via their website here.

Jangbom

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This online Korean mart is one of the best places to get lesser-known items such as marinated raw crabs and side dishes.

They also sell a range of products from the Korean brand, Cookat, such as cream-filled rice cakes, dumplings, and even ready-to-eat bakes.

Delivery fee is $7 but free for orders above $80. You can look and browse through their products via their website here.

Amu Marte

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This particular Korean mart in Ang Mo Kio is linked to Korfe Bakery. Here you can find ready-to-eat meals such as Korean seafood pancakes, soybean stew, and salted egg dumplings from Huluruk Myeon House.

They’ve recently opened a new outlet at Canberra Plaza as well, with similar items sold at the AMK outlet.

Seoul Butchery

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, dining at home might be a safer choice. If you wish to recreate an authentic Korean BBQ at home, you can head down to Seoul Butchery to get some quality meat cuts.

They also sell everything you will need for a mini–Korean BBQ party at home (just make sure to abide by the regulations). From dipping sauce to lettuce wraps, you can get everything you need in one place.

Online Korean Marts in Singapore

Hopefully, with this list of Korean marts in Singapore, you’ll be able to find one that best meets your needs and cravings. Since most of them offer delivery, you can stay home and avoid any crowds outside.

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6 Korean Marts In Singapore To Shop For Authentic Products

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Watching the first episode of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha made me crave for Korean food! I know I am not the only one. While there are plenty of glorious restaurant options in town, you can create your own delicious bowl of sundubu jjigae (soft tofu stew) or ramyeon (instant noodles) at home.

Begin by getting your hands on authentic Korean ingredients and products through visiting the following Korean Marts. Most are available online too!

#1: CHOROK MARKET

Nestled in the bustling Orchard area, Chorok Market sells freshly imported vegetables and branded goods from Korea. Get your favorite Lotte snacks and stock up your Soju as you visit the store. You can also purchase items online through their website. Get free delivery for orders above S$80! Order here.

#2: SHINE KOREA

Shine Korea is regarded as one of the most popular Korean marts in Singapore. With its various branches spread across the country, its best-selling items are the Samyang instant noodles. You can find its cool flavors such as Samyang Buldak Tomato Pasta and Samyang Hot Pepper Jjamppong/Jjajang. For your convenience, you may shop through their website. Orders above S$80 can reap its free delivery. Order here.

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#3: KORYO MART

For many Singaporeans, they visit Korean markets just to get the feel of being in Korea. They soak in the atmosphere without a shopping list on hand. If that is the experience you are looking for, you can visit the Koryo Mart. Its branches have a variety of frozen meats, kimchi, instant noodles, seaweed, soups, sauces, and marinades. These ingredients are perfect for your DIY Korean BBQ party. Koryo Mart is also available at qoo10. Order here.

#4: AMU MAR-TE

Amu Mar-te has two physical outlets in AMK Djitsun Mall and in Canberra Plaza. Its Ang Mo Kio is unique as it is linked to the Korfe Bakery. In this mart, you will find ready-to-eat meals such as soybean stew, salted egg dumplings, and Korean seafood pancakes. Check out their outlets to enjoy their extraordinary daily selection of items that are under S$3! You can also purchase through their Shopee store, here.

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#5: LEE MART

Lee Mart is often associated with its Korean side dishes. It offers its customers more than that! You will find other Korean products such as anchovies, kimchi, frozen food, braised lotus roots, and instant noodles.

There are currently four outlets in Singapore: Chinatown Point, Suntec City Mall, Hillion Mall, and Heartland Mall. Visit these outlets or browse their website. Get free delivery for purchases above S$70. Order here.

#6: BLUEBASKET

BlueBasket tickles the modern heart as it offers a lot of trendy items and kitchenware. From minimalist Jeju bowls to trendy food items such as Fishcake Noodle Tteokbokki and Makgeolli Brewing Kits, you can find these items here!

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New BlueBasket members can enjoy free delivery coupon without minimum spending when they purchase online. Nonetheless, orders above S$80 get free delivery. Order here.

Korea has a vast majority of grocery store chains where you can do most of your shopping. From convenience stores to marts, these stores sell a variety of food and household items. Since we cannot easily travel to Korea to purchase what we need, you can stop by these abovementioned marts to get your authentic Korean cuisine experience!

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Top 15 Korean Dishes You Must Try!

If you are a food connoisseur, you know how revered Korean Food is on World Cuisine Map. There is so much more to it than Kimchi. And, much like any Asian Cuisine, Korean Food too is an acquired taste.

Korean cuisine evolved through years of social and political changes. Unlike Western course meal, Korean food has main and side dishes. The traditional Korean food consist of five main colour- green, red, yellow, white, and black. Each of them signify a direction, a natural element, and a health benefit.

For those who want to try out Korean Cuisine and don’t know how to begin, here is a list of all Korean dishes to put on your ‘Try-it’ list.

Korean Food Guide: Top Must-Try Dishes

Here is a Korean food list that you must should try out this year. Apart from the usual Kimchi and Korean BBQ dishes, there is much more to Korean cuisine that a foodie needs to know.

  • Bibimbap
  • Japchae
  • Samgyeopsal
  • Kimchi
  • Haemul Pajeon
  • Kimbap/Gimbap
  • Sundubu Jjigae
  • Tteokbokki
  • Seolleongtang
  • Patbingsu
  • Hangover Stew
  • Kongguksu
  • Jjajangmyeon
  • Chimaek
  • Soy Sauce Crab

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Bibimbap (Rice Bowl)

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For those who find comfort in food bowls, Bibimbap will surely leave you filled and comforted. Bibimbap is a tasty mixture of rice, vegetables, beef, gochujang (hot chili paste), and a fried egg seasoned with soy sauce and sesame seeds.

Bibimbap was created as a Royaldish in yesteryears but slowly it became the favorite staple lunch meal among the Korean dishes.

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2. Japchae (Stir-Fried Glass Noodles)

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Arguably Korea’s favourite noodle dish, Japchae is made up of glass noodles stirred in sesame oil with beef, mushrooms, and an assortment of other vegetables. These clear, thin noodles are made with sweet potato.

Unlike other Asian noodle dishes which are soupy, Koreans find it impolite to eat with bowl so close to the mouth. So, they use spoon along with metal chopsticks to slurp these flavorful noodles.

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3. Samgyeopsal (Korean BBQ)

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Koreans have a things for pork. And, Samgyeopsal is their style of BBQ. If you are a non-vegetarian with an affinity for pork meat, you ought to try Samgyeopsal. The dish is simply the thick slices of pork belly meat grilled on your table and not marinated. The strips are dipped in seasoning made with sesame oil and wrapped in lettuce along with a strip of garlic and onion. It is a popular Korean meal.

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4. Kimchi (Spicy Fermented Vegetables)

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Kimchi is the first thing that comes to our mind on the mention of Korean food. It is the best way to get familiar with the Korean Cuisine. Consider it a spicy, crunchy salad made up from fermented vegetables with cabbage as its main ingredient.

It has high nutritional value, fibre content, and low calorie count. The quintessential Korean food item, Korean dining is incomplete without this delectable side dish.

5. Haemul Pajeon (Seafood Vegetable Pancake)

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For all seafood lovers out there, Haemul Pajeon is one dish you should put on your list. Crunchy on the outside, this pancake is made with rice and egg batter mixed with a variety of seafood and green onions. Common seafood items include shellfish, oysters, shrimp, and squid.

The savoury Korean pancake dish is usually accompanied with Korean Rice Wine – Makgeolli. It may taste sweet but it is as strong as any alcohol. So, drink up with caution.

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6. Kimbap/Gimbap (Korean-Style Sushi)

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Gimbap or Kimbap is a popular grab-and-go Korean street food which resemble a lot like Japanese sushi rolls. Too pretty to eat, this Korean food recipe is made with sushi rice, meat, spinach, and stir-fried vegetables wrapped in a seaweed roll. The roll is then cut to small bite-sized discs and served with kimchi as side dish. You ought to try this next time you are in Seoul.

7. Sundubu Jjigae (Soft Tofu Stew)

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Soft Tofu Stew is a party of unusual flavours in a bowl. A popular Korean Stew is made with Tofu, vegetables, meat, seafood, and chilli paste with a raw egg thrown over the top. The stew is served in a large stone bowl alongside rice and kimchi.

Having different variations in different regions, this hot stew is a delightful combination of unexpected flavours yielding delightful sensations.

8. Tteokbokki (Spicy Red Rice Cake)

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Tteokbokki is a famous Korean street food in Seoul which is made with sweet and chewy rice cakes and fish cakes. The steamed rice cakes are stirred up with fish cakes and scallions in a special sauce made if chilli paste and soybean paste. The flavorsome street food is a must-try for those who like hot and spicy flavours.

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9. Seolleongtang (Ox Bone Soup)

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Just like we Indians have ‘Kharode ka Soup’ in winters, Seolleongtang is a similar version and a popular Korean food name in the households. The winter soup is made from ox bones and beef bones boiled over for hours. The white-colored soups is reach in proteins. The frugal noodle soup is seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and scallions. There is nothing like a bowl of this flavorful soup on winter days.

10. Patbingsu

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How can this list of Korean food be complete without a dessert? Made with ice shavings and sweet toppings, Patbingsu is the most popular dessert in Korea. It is a bowl of a huge mountain of ice shavings and condensed milk decorated with chopped fruits and red beans (bingsu).

Koreans have a tradition of eating a dessert together from a large bowl. So, if you get a huge Patbingsu bowl at a restaurant, don’t be intimidated. However, you wouldn’t want to share this tasty dessert with anyone.

11. Hangover Stew

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South Korea’s hangover culture is equally developed as its drinking culture. There are several kinds of stews prepared specially meant to drink either before or after drinking. They are made from beef broth along with cabbage, radish, bean sprouts, spices, and other food items that enhance the flavor of this stew.

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12. Kongguksu

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Kongguksu is a seasonal dish that is not everyone’s cup of tea. This textured noodle dish has a subtle flavor of beans which is eaten in summer. It is not only a highly nutritious dish but also vegetarian Korean food. If you are a vegetarian, then you must try Kongguksu when in Korea.

13. Jjajangmyeon

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Originally a Chinese dish, Korean has acquired Jjajangmyeon and made their own thicker, flavorsome and tastier version of it. It may not be the most famous Korean food, but Koreans eat Jjajangmyeon at least once a week. They are so fond of this dish that they also have a delivery shop for it on speed dial.

14. Chimaek

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Chimaek is a combination of two mundane foods chicken and beer which have been converted into a flavorsome dish. This dish is devoured by Koreans and they favor to eat this rather than chicken or beer itself. If you too are bored with these items alone, then you might like the lip-smacking Chimaek.

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15. Soy Sauce Crab

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Crab marinated in soy sauce or ganjang gejang is an addictive food for Koreans. It has a tangy bitter taste and is eaten cold instead of hot. If you like to try out new food items, then this food is definitely meant for you since the taste of it comes as a shock for first-timers. Although, it is stealing the show of other seafood and creating a niche for itself in the food market.

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Korean Food is a must-try for all those who are always on a lookout for new food adventures. Plan a vacation with TravelTriangle. Its cuisine is strong with flavors and a delightful experience for your taste buds. While many won’t relish it, some will love it with all their heart and soul. As mentioned before, Korean food is an acquired taste.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Korean Food

What is traditional Korean food?

Here are some of the traditional Korean food recipes that you should try on your trip to South Korea:
1. Bibimbap
2. Korean dumplings
3.Stir-fried Korean noodles
4. Kimchi stew
5. Korean Beef Barbecue Bulgogi

What is chulpan Korean food?

It is actually chul pan gu e which means mixed rice topped with a mixture of seasoned vegetables and meat. You will find this at a number of Korean cafes.

Is Korean food healthy?

Studies may suggest that Korean food is healthy as it low-calorie food and involves soup at every meal. It also consists of a lot of vegetables. Koreans stay slim and healthy eating Korean food. Most of Korean food is fermented which is very good for your gut.

What is the healthiest Korean food?

Kimchi is considered to be a healthy choice as it is fermented. Fermented foods are good for the gut.

Is food expensive in Korea?

Korean food is not expensive, however, Western food is. Also, you pay what you see on the price tag. So, there’s no service charge or delivery fee to pay.

Is Korean food low carb?

Not apparently. Korean food includes steamed rice and carbs like beef and pork. It is low in calories and has good carbs. So, you are good.

Why is Korean food popular?

Korean food is popular because Koreans have perfected the art and science of fermenting. Also, Korean food includes sweet, sour, spicy, and tangy that complete your taste spectrum. So, there you go.

What is the national dish of Korea?

Kimchi is the national dish of Korea and boy is it delicious.

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the best Korean snacks for the travel-deprived

Snack Attack is a new column featuring nibbles that writers and editors on the LSA team truly enjoy. This week, writer Jocelyn shares all her favourite Korean snacks you can get right now.

When my editor told us we’d be introducing snacks to our readership, I had a really hard time wrapping my head around it. As unbelievable as it sounds, I don’t have a habit of snacking while I work or as I binge-watch my shows on Netflix.

I was on the verge of inserting recommendations for my favourite “snacks”, ie celery sticks, blueberries and tomatoes — that’s how uninspired I was.

As I got sidetracked thinking about the potential leisure travel corridors at the end of the year, I realised I did, in fact, have a number of snacks to recommend.

The last two years living in Singapore during the pandemic has stripped me of my frequent travels to South Korea, and I found myself reminiscing about all the places and people I’ve met.

These aren’t suggestions that’ll bring you back to the bustling streets of Hongdae or Myeongdong. After all, nothing really comes close to recreating that atmosphere. At best, they’re just a piece of one of Singapore’s favourite holiday destinations — which is honestly as close as you can get for now.

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I don’t think I’ll ever forget the craze that was the Honey Butter Chips back in 2014/2015. In general, South Korea’s potato chip selection leaned towards the sweeter end, but these simultaneously sweet, salty, and buttery chips catapulted into a crazed obsession amongst the country. They were constantly sold out, so those who managed to get their hands on them — that included celebrities — were seen posting selfies with the yellow bag on social media. It’s been a couple of years since then, but I still find myself coming back to these when I’m craving a bag of sweet chips.

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Choco Pie is one of the OG modern Korean snacks, so famous, tourists used to buy them back as souvenirs and gifts for their friends back home. For the uninitiated, the round discs come as two small layers of cake with sticky marshmallow filling in between, then coated in chocolate. Stack them up in a pyramid formation on a plate with candles on top and you’ve got yourself a makeshift birthday cake.

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If you love the taste of honeydew, then Melona is the best summer ice cream you could ask for. It isn’t icy like most popsicles, but it also doesn’t leave that weird sensation on the roof of your mouth like other milkier ice creams. Each bite of the stick is fruity and creamy, and if you’re not careful, extremely addictive.

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If you’ve grown up with American snacks, then you’ll find that KKoKKalCorn is Korea’s answer to your Granny Goose Kornets craving. Salty, crunchy and really fun to eat, KKoKKalCorn is one of the top tier corn snacks you’ll find yourself going back time and time again for.

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While Yakgwa used to be served on more traditional holidays like weddings and Korean Thanksgiving, but they’ve now become a common mid-day snack that’s served with tea. These mini ones come with a slightly crunchy exterior and a chewy inside, flavoured with ginger-infused honey for sweetness.

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While dark chocolate may win over the hearts of many a chocolate lover, there are days where you just need a sweeter version to cheer you up a little. Personally, I’d reach for a piece of the Orion Market O Real Brownie. It comes in the perfect size, and it’s quite magical they’ve managed to make prepackaged brownies so fudgy, dense and moist. While the original Real Brownie is the most popular flavour, the Real Brownie Matcha is pretty good too.

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While roasted seaweed wasn’t created to be had on its own — it’s best had with a steaming hot bowl of rice — you have to admit these easy-to-eat packets make it so hard to resist. Light, crispy, salty all at the same time, the fact that it’s made from seaweed takes away a little bit of the guilt from snacking, in my head that is.

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Soju and makgeolli are some of my personal favourite alcoholic drinks from Korea, but if I have to pick one beverage to have daily, the answer is obvious: banana milk. The cheaper version of banana milk exists in packets, but the taste of the refreshing tropical concoction hits differently from when it’s had in the original plastic double-cone container. In fact, it was nearly impossible to get the drink in its original packaging in Singapore up until a couple of years ago. Just remember to recycle it once you’re done.

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90,000 8 incredibly useful marine plants

Canned kelp, better known as seaweed, is a “superfood” known to everyone in our country since Soviet times. But this product did not have many fans, so for most of us, acquaintance with the rich world of algae ended there. But in vain, because the benefits of algae are difficult to exaggerate, their diversity is amazing, and the richness of their use in cooking we have yet to discover for ourselves.

You can buy seaweed in a special section of our online store.

Algae is about the same broad concept as grass. It includes many species of marine plants, some of which have long been widely known and “on land” – in cooking and medicine. On the shores of Asia, algae have been eaten since ancient times, and these plants began to make their way to Europe from the 16th-17th centuries.

There are three large groups of algae: red, brown and green. They are used both as an independent dish, as a key ingredient in many dishes, and simply as a seasoning.Therefore, introducing them into your daily menu is easier than you think, and even a small amount of them on a regular basis will significantly improve your diet.

Algae have incredible beneficial properties for plants, help to strengthen immunity and improve health, and a unique incomparable taste is added to dishes. Any algae is a rich source of iodine, an essential trace element for us, from a deficiency of which we often suffer. But each of the species has its own unique properties and characteristics of use.

Let’s figure out what algae are, how they are and what is unique about them. For our review, we took only the most common types of algae in our country, which can be easily found on sale.

Laminaria (seaweed)

Kelp grow at a depth of 4-10 meters in places with a constant current, creating something like a belt, and the maximum length can reach 20 meters. Japan is the absolute leader in the extraction of kelp, and the Sea of ​​Okhotsk is recognized as the best habitat.Laminaria belongs to the type of brown algae and has more than 30 subspecies.

The benefits of seaweed

These algae contain vitamins of group B, A, C, D, E, R, PP, are rich not only in iodine, but also in an extensive list of other microelements, among which vanadium is a unique mineral that lowers cholesterol levels. Interestingly, the set of minerals in kelp is very similar in composition to our blood.

Due to the record content of iodine, seaweed is useful for the thyroid gland, as well as for the prevention of endocrine diseases.Vitamin K reduces blood clotting, which prevents the development of strokes, heart attacks and vascular problems. A large amount of vitamin C helps to rehabilitate tissues after radiation exposure, improves metabolism and regulates the water-salt balance.

How to use seaweed?

In cooking, seaweed is used not only fresh, but also dried, pickled, canned and thermally processed. Soups, salads, sweets and even bread are prepared from these algae.It is best to eat dried or fresh cabbage, as they do not have any processes that reduce the beneficial properties.

Dried cabbage is soaked for several hours in a large amount of cold water, after which it can be used, for example, for preparing salad or stewed with meat.

Fresh cabbage must be thoroughly rinsed, leaving it in water for a while so that fine grains of sand and unwanted impurities settle to the bottom of the dish. Then rinse under running water, and it is ready to use.

Nori

The first mention of nori dates back to the 8th century and was originally used in Japanese cuisine as a paste. Nori acquired the familiar form of “paper” for us only in the 17th century.

Nori is a brown algae about 25 cm long and no more than 5 cm wide. They are harvested in Japan, Korea and China. The harvested seaweed is crushed and dried on a wire mesh, making it look like green paper.

The benefits of nori algae

The chemical composition of these algae is rich in calcium and phosphorus, which has a beneficial effect on the skeletal system and serves as the prevention of atherosclerosis.Vitamins A and C support the immune system and help remove waste and toxins. Nori has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects when used regularly. And due to vegetable protein and protein, nori is often used as part of dietary supplements.

How to use nori seaweed?

Traditionally, nori is used in the preparation of rolls and sushi. It is also added to the noodles or rice in shredded form. And coarsely chopped slices can be found in the form of healthy chips.

Salads and soups are prepared with nori, which gives the dishes a delicate marine flavor.Since the plates are heated over a fire before use, the algae acquire a light smoky aroma.

Wakame

This brown algae grows on underwater rocks and can reach a length of 2 meters. Until the 90s of the XX, they mainly grew in the northern waters of Japan, China and Korea, but now they can also be found off the warm coasts of Italy, Spain, USA, Australia and Argentina.

Benefit Wakame

Wakama contains a very large amount of calcium – the main building block of bone tissue.The presence of omega-3-acid in the composition promotes fat burning and improves the condition of hair, nails and skin.

Regular use helps to cleanse the blood, prevent thyroid diseases and even help fight depression and loss of energy.

Wakame seaweed contains a large amount of vitamins (A, C, E, B, PP, K, beta-carotene) and minerals (iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, calcium, sodium, potassium), amino acids, oleic and linoleic acids . ..

How to use wakame?

Wakame is found fresh, dried and pickled.Undoubtedly, fresh algae retain more useful properties, but even in a dry product, their content is not much less. Wakame has a sweetish flavor, somewhat reminiscent of spinach. This edible seaweed is used in the preparation of salad, miso soup and Chuka salad.

Dried wakame are recommended to be soaked in warm water for softening, while the plant increases in size by an average of 3-4 times. These algae are very picky about heat treatment, so chopped leaves are added to soups and stews a few minutes before the end of cooking.

Kombu (dashi)

Kombu seaweed, from which dashi broth is prepared, grows off the coast of Japan and the Korean Peninsula. The first mention of kombu dates back to the 8th century – they were a traditional food in the Tohoku region.

Kombu belongs to brown algae and reaches a length of 20 meters. This giant contains a large amount of glutamic acid – a natural flavor enhancer. Thanks to kombu, the fifth taste (except for salty, sweet, bitter, sour) – umami – became known in the world.

Rich in minerals, vitamins and plant fiber, kombu is an essential ingredient in vegetarian cuisine.

How to use kombu seaweed?

Dried kombu leaves should be soaked in clean cold water for several hours. The fresh leaves are applied immediately after rinsing and added to soups for a flavorful broth. For salads, kombu is cut into thin long strips and must be seasoned with soy sauce: it is believed that this is how these algae reveal their taste to the maximum.

Hijiki (Hijiki)

Hijiki seaweed is harvested in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and has been used in cooking since ancient times. Now the main producer is South Korea.

The benefits of hijiki seaweed

Meter brown algae contain potassium, magnesium and fucoxanthin. That is why they are indicated for hypertension and vascular disease. They are eaten to reduce the risk of malignant tumors and to prevent constipation. Hijiki are rich in fiber and vitamin A, which have a beneficial effect on the condition of the skin.

How to use hijiki seaweed?

The leaves of the hijiki are mainly used for food, since the stems give new shoots after the harvest. Algae can be cut from one plant for up to 7 years.

They are exported exclusively in dried form. For cooking, soak in water for about an hour. Salads are prepared from hijiki, stewed with meat or beans. The dish acquires a rich marine aroma and a sweetish aftertaste.

Sea Grapes

This green alga is harvested off the coast of Okinawa.Sea grapes resemble bunches of land grapes, only in miniature.

The benefits of sea grapes

Sea grapes contain calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and iodine, rich in amino acids and trace elements. Sodium in the plant improves the functioning of the genitourinary and nervous system, while copper improves mood and reduces the risk of depression. Edible seaweed has antifungal and antibacterial effects, and also perfectly cleanses the body of toxins.

How to use sea grapes?

Sea grapes are called “green caviar” because the balls of the plant burst in the mouth, like fish eggs. It is used in salads, as a seasoning, to decorate dishes. They sell it canned or dried. In the latter case, it should be soaked in water before use. Has a salty taste with a slight marine aroma.

Spirulina

Spirulina is a thin filamentous freshwater algae that belongs to cyanobacteria and has a microscopic size, therefore it is used as a powder.It is mined in Central Africa and Mexico.

The benefits of spirulina

Spirulina contains a large amount of protein, vitamins B, A, PP, many minerals and folic acid, which has a beneficial effect on the reproductive system and slows down skin aging.

How to use spirulina?

Since spirulina is used only in powder form, it is produced in tablets and as part of some dietary supplements. The powder can be added to salads, drinks, or yoghurts.The recommended consumption rate is no more than 10 g per day.

Fucus

These are brown coastal algae that “live” in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

The benefits of fucus

In addition to vitamins, minerals and important trace elements, fucus contains polyunsaturated fatty acids and fucoidan, which has antiviral, immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects. Fucus has a beneficial effect on the functioning of the thyroid gland. It helps in the fight against excess weight, which is caused by hormonal disruptions.

How to use fucus?

Fucus is used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetology and as dietary supplements. In cooking, it is used as a spice, and salads are also prepared from fresh leaves. It has a pleasant salty taste and is in perfect harmony with fish and rice.

Childbirth in Korea: Postpartum Recovery in Choriwon

Korea has firmly established itself as a trendsetter in the beauty industry. It is in these parts that 90% of new formats of beauty products and procedures appear, and local cosmetics have become an integral part of the care of European and American women.And now from here also came the fashion for the postpartum Baby Moon.

Baby Moon is two or three weeks after giving birth, which the girl spends in a special center to recover. There, young mothers can have a good rest and at the same time learn to take care of the baby. This place is called Chorivon and looks more like a hotel. With only one difference – this hotel is often at the maternity hospital, around the nurses and doctors who monitor the health of mothers and children.

Often fathers-in-law give their daughters-in-law a stay in chorivon, considering it as an investment in the future of the family.In two to three weeks, you can make friends with women of the same age who also recently gave birth. Korean women try to get into the more expensive chorivon in order to surround themselves with successful and wealthy mothers – this is somewhat similar to the principle of choosing a school for an MBA, when you want to study with the best of the best. This is a special kind of networking, and for those who were in the same chorivon, they even coined the term maternity center alumni. Such friendship helps in the future, including the fight against postpartum depression.

Every fashion has its origins.In the past, Korean women relied on the help of their mothers, mother-in-law or other female relatives after giving birth. For three weeks, they helped around the house, cooked food, looked after the newborn. The task of the woman in labor was to lie down and rest. In the nineties, special centers began to appear, and now 6 out of 10 Korean women go there after giving birth, despite the not the cheapest price list.

Russian women, Chinese women and Japanese women also become frequent guests of Chorivons. According to the Korea Health Industry Development Institute, there were 7,568 foreign women visiting chorivons in 2011, up 33% over 2010 and 42% over 2009.“In other countries, there is no such level of services for women who have given birth. The information is spread by word of mouth, and the flow of foreign clients is only increasing, ”says Sin Pilukhyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Korean Postpartum Care Center Association.

However, apart from high quality care, foreign chorivon clients no longer have any benefits. Unlike the United States, according to Korean laws, if a child was born in South Korea, neither he nor his parents receive citizenship or any benefits, only Korea and the city will appear in the line “place of birth”.

The peculiarity of postpartum recovery in Korea

In the United States and Russia, the logic is this – if you were discharged home 2-3 days after giving birth, then you are healthy and everything is fine with you. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, no more than 40% of women visit a doctor for a postpartum checkup. In Korea and Asia, it is completely different – you will be persuaded to rest for the first month after giving birth. Unlike European women, who answer their work mail in half an hour, Korea has had a special attitude towards pregnant women and those who have given birth for a long history.

Koreans believe that here it is like on an airplane – first you need to put on a mask on yourself, and then on your child. If you take good care of your body in the first month after the birth of your baby, you will be healthy throughout your life and will be able to take care of it, and you will also be a healthy and active member of society.

How long to stay in the chorivon

The postpartum rituals are called samchilil, which literally means 21 days. Koreans believe that so many days of supervision and careful care are required for mothers before they begin to fulfill their duties in everyday life.Sometimes this period is called the fourth trimester of pregnancy, which is no less important for health.

Chorivon is the perfect place for first-time mothers. Psychologically, it will be easier for them to be alone with the baby for the first time, knowing that professionals will come to the rescue and answer all questions 24/7. Dads visit their children before and after work, or they can stay overnight.

Under the guidance of highly qualified specialists, babies are taught in chorivon – how to massage, bathe, feed.Individual restorative procedures, body shaping are carried out, disturbances in the functioning of the pelvic organs are eliminated, massage is done, including the breast, to increase lactation. Nurses answer any questions, show you how to properly latch the baby to the breast. They will explain to you how to take care of the newborn, how to prepare food for him in the future, teach you how to clean the house properly in order to comply with all hygiene standards. There are yoga classes, tai chi, and a first aid course. If the patient has tears or an episiotomy has been performed, a special procedure is prescribed for quick healing of the stitches: in each ward there is a bidet with herbal infusions.

The task of moms is to rest, sleep, go for massage and childcare lectures. At the same time, the child is at the doctors, and the mother takes him only for feeding. The nurses record every day how much and how long the baby ate, how often his diapers were changed, he was weighed and washed. The pediatrician examines the baby every day, monitors his health and performance, and also answers all the questions of concerned parents. Relatives can also come and look at the child through the glass, but at a certain time.During the two weeks of staying in the chorivon, the patients get better breastfeeding (they will give you a breast pump for free), sleep and the baby’s feeding schedule, so he does not confuse day and night and does not get used to his hands.

What Korean women are prohibited from doing

This list includes: hypothermia, wet hands with cold water, walk barefoot or open the refrigerator, use ice, drink cold juice, take a cold shower. Koreans will wrap their patients in blankets so that they don’t get caught in a draft.Korean culture has a lot of Chinese and Mongolian influences, where the cold is also avoided. Even after giving birth in hot August, the chorivon will ask you to wear a long sleeve sweater and socks.

It is generally not advised to leave the house / chorivon for three weeks to avoid infections. This old tradition dates back to a time when infant mortality was high. Some Korean women still do not show their children or take them to public places until they are 100 days old.Many Koreans celebrate this date as a separate holiday – and for the first time they show the baby. Nowadays they do it on Instagram.

Postpartum Diet

The special Korean diet helps to restore the female body. It includes miyokkuk soup – it is made from seaweed and, to choose from, shrimp, beef, tuna. According to MCN: The American Journal of Maternal / Child Nursing, the soup increases lactation, sutures, and uterine contraction. Algae contain a lot of calcium, iron, fiber.Why is it important? Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers need the same amount of calcium. Fiber can help relieve constipation as well as shed excess weight by saturating faster. Those who have given birth due to blood loss suffer from a lack of iron. According to the Journal of Korean Medical Science, in Korea, only 30% of women breastfeed for up to six months, this soup is useful even for non-lactating women. It will help you avoid dehydration: when breastfeeding, you need to drink more than usual, on average 600-700 ml / day, since you produce milk – it is 87% water.On average, a woman produces 780 ml / day of milk during the first six months of breastfeeding.

The Korean chuk pumpkin porridge has the same benefits, it perfectly relieves swelling. Cold foods and foods like cabbage or watermelon are banned for a month – it is believed that they slow down the contraction of the uterus and the movement of Qi energy throughout the body.

Chorivon is fed 4–5 times a day. In addition to soup, the menu includes rice, oysters, salads, herbal laxative teas, powder that increases lactation.No spices, salt, alcohol, raw fish or meat, just easy-to-digest food.

Seoul’s Top 4 Postnatal Centers

As with hotels, postnatal centers also range from two to five stars, depending on comfort, service mix and staff qualifications. The price tag depends on the area: on average, from $ 1700 to $ 3400 for two weeks. In the Gangnam or Seocho area – from $ 8550. In these areas, local stars prefer to give birth and stay in chorivon. Due to demand, it is better to book a chorivon six months in advance.Below is a list of the best:

La Madre – from $ 10,000 for a suite for 2 weeks

Olivium – a deluxe room $ 2670 and $ 5100 for a suit for 2 weeks

De Rama – there are VIP rooms with a nurse who will only look after your child – usually a nurse looks after two, and there are only 6-8 children on the floor, $ 22,000 for 2 weeks. Standard room – $ 9800 for a week

Saint Park – from $ 1050 for a standard room for two weeks

Why did such postnatal centers and services appear in California and Miami? Since the late eighties, there has been a large influx of immigrants from Taiwan and Hong Kong to Los Angeles, and they have become the inspiration for the creation of such services.Now Korean women (as well as wealthy Chinese women from Beijing and Shanghai, and Russians) go to give birth to the States en masse for the sake of an American passport, but at the same time they are looking for traditional places, because after giving birth they remain in the country for some time. Due to growing demand, Korean and Chinese centers are opening in the United States. According to the Korean Ministry of Health, about 5,000 expectant mothers come to America every year. Most often to Los Angeles – there is a direct flight from Seoul. There is even an area called Koreatown and the popular Chorivon Zette, which ranges from $ 270 per day to $ 450.

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Nori Republic of Crimea

Nori algae, this is the name of the edible algae, very popular in Japan, growing off the coast of Japan and China. At its core, nori or porphyra are brown algae that have a huge number of different beneficial properties due to their high content of vitamins and minerals. In our country, nori algae are known as thin greenish sheets, which are used in the preparation of sushi and rolls.In Japan, a powder is also made from nori algae, which is used as a seasoning for soups or noodle dishes, broths are also prepared from nori sheets.

Nori sheets :

For the production of nori sheets, algae are crushed, spread in a very thin layer, and then dried on a specially mesh surface and then cut.

Most often in our country you can find fried seaweed nori – “yaki-nori”. They have a pronounced green hue, and roasting enhances the taste and aroma of this seaweed.You can also reheat the fried yaki nori before use by simply holding them over an open fire for a few seconds.

Raw food eaters may consume uncooked dried nori seaweed such as Nori Gim (nori-maki), produced in South Korea. These algae are darker in color, close to black. And also due to the fact that these nori were not exposed to temperature effects, they retain a greater amount of useful substances. They taste saltier than fried seaweed.

What else?

In addition to yaki-nori sheets, nori-maki and ava-nori are also made from nori in Japan. Nori-maki are not roasted nori sheets. They are also used in the preparation of sushi and rolls, as well as wrapped in rice filling. Ava-nori is essentially a kind of seasoning that is made from grated nori seaweed.

For information:

Yaki nori algae are divided into three types – Gold (Gold, Category A), Silver (Silver, Category B) and Red or Green (Red, Green, Category C).

These types of nori differ in such properties as strength of nori sheet, its plasticity, color, shape and texture, as well as smell. Nori Gold algae are considered the best.

Nori Gold is mainly exported from Japan and China, therefore, in our country, nori algae of this particular category are most often found, nori Silver can be found less often, but Red or Green can be found only in the Far East.

Nori seaweed contains a huge amount of useful substances such as vitamins A, D, B12, as well as iodine in large quantities, iron, calcium and phosphorus.

What to buy?

In our store the Red Dragon you can buy the highest quality GOLD nori seaweed in packing – 10 sheets, 50 sheets. You can also purchase not fried nori-maki Nori Gim sheets, produced in South Korea.

If you are a fan of tasty and healthy food – try MEIYU nori seaweed chips in different flavors.

Biofuel – ethanol – can be efficiently obtained from brown algae

A bacterium has been created that can efficiently process brown algae into biofuel – ethanol.Some scientists have already called the corresponding work “an engineering feat”, but for the effective use of this technology, it is necessary to produce a million times more brown algae than today.

The production of biofuels from algae using specially created bacteria is a relatively new trend, which scientists began to seriously think about only a few years ago. Biofuels from the sea are much more attractive than those produced from sugar cane or maize – one does not have to sacrifice for this either arable land (and on a huge scale), or water for irrigation, or food reserves, that is, everything that is not in the world today. enough.The main problem here was the extraction of fuel from marine biomass – the creation of a bacterium that can efficiently extract sugars from it and decompose them, turning them into alcohol. After several years of active research in many laboratories around the world, this problem has finally been solved.

A team of researchers from the private company Bio Architecture Lab, Inc., based in Berkeley, USA, chose kelp as a diet for this bacterium.

According to Yatsuo Yoshikuni, the main author of article in Science , they are available, produced on an industrial scale, grow in large quantities and much faster than, say, red or green algae – for example, the giant kelp (seaweed), which lives off the coast of California, it grows a meter in a day.

The main discovery that allowed scientists to create the necessary bacterium was that they managed to isolate from the bacterium Vibrio splendidus, which feeds on brown algae, but naturally does not produce any alcohols, a small piece of DNA responsible for metabolism. This fragment allows the decomposition of one of the main carbohydrates contained in brown algae – alginate – into simple sugars. Scientists inserted this region into the genome of the bacterium Escherichia coli – the most important experimental microbe for all geneticists in the world, and for this operation a strain of the bacterium was chosen, genetically modified in such a way that it could convert simple sugars into ethanol.In addition to its remarkable laboratory qualities, E. coli can theoretically be genetically engineered to produce many fuels and other useful chemicals.

The bacterium turned out to be successful. As the researchers from Bio Architecture Lab, Inc. write in the article, it converts up to 80% of all alginate, which theoretically can be extracted from algae, into alcohol.

Colleagues of researchers highly appreciate this work, one of them even called it “an engineering feat”.True, there is still room for some skepticism.

Brown algae is a good substitute for oil and gas fields. It is estimated that three percent of the planet’s coastal waters can provide annual fuel equivalent to more than 250 billion liters of fossil fuels.People have been growing brown algae for more than a hundred years; in many marine countries today, their production is put on a commercial basis.

However, only a few thousand tons of these algae are produced per year, while biofuel energy needs billions of tons.

And so far no one knows how to do it.

Yoshikumi, however, is optimistic. He says his team will demonstrate the biofuel capabilities of their bacteria this year at a pilot plant currently under construction in Chile.

Through algae to the stars – Weekend – Kommersant

Anastasia Beltyukova reports

The question of whether there is life on Mars does not interest children almost, because it is obvious to them. The riddle that interests them much more is what is it? Parents usually prefer not to answer such questions, so curious children have to turn to serious UFO experts and science fiction writers. A new look at the problem is offered to its viewers, oddly enough, not by an expert in the field of astronomy, but by Hollywood director James Cameron.In his latest film, Dance of the Abyss, he consistently proves that the life forms that exist on the ocean floor are exactly what space expeditions can encounter on other planets in the universe.

James Cameron has already filmed underwater – in the movie “Titanic”, and, apparently, he liked it. When the director had the opportunity to use the impressive technologies of IMAX 3D, he simply could not resist and made a movie about the ocean floor and its inhabitants. The result is a film-journey to the Mariam Trench and other equally deep points of the globe.Cousteau’s popular science films are childish compared to this epic, because technological innovations allowed the film crew, and after it the viewer, to descend to the underwater volcano. And not to someone who has cooled down, but to the very one who is acting. The living creatures inhabiting it, to whom the film is dedicated, help to assess the extreme nature of living conditions at the bottom of the ocean. These are starfish and other animals resembling an abundance of octopus tentacles. It turns out that the indigenous population of the ocean is only partly similar to the aquatic fauna we are accustomed to, and because of the bright colors and streamlined shapes it looks more like tropical flora.

In addition to all kinds of underwater landscapes, Cameron also shows in detail a huge bathyscaphe equipped with all kinds of technical means: computers with huge displays, laboratory equipment that allows you to study sea inhabitants.

So if your child tends to spend hours studying ciliates in a nearby puddle, or at least reads books about the adventures of Captain Nemo, he just needs to watch “Dance of the Abyss”.The main thing is that the child is not afraid of water – the effects of 3D technology can be unpredictable.

Wakame seaweed, benefits and harms

Nov-20-2016 Author: KoshkaS

What is wakame?

Undaria pinnatifida, or wakame (Japanese 若 布), or miyok (Korean 미역) is a type of brown algae from the genus Undaria. It has a sweetish flavor and is commonly used in soups and salads.

Although the natural range of Undaria pinnate is located within cold waters near China, Korea and Japan, since the 1990s its appearance has been noted in New Zealand, the USA, France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Argentina and Australia.

In Korea and Japan, farmers have been cultivating wakame for hundreds of years. In addition to Japan and Korea, wakame has been cultivated since the end of the 20th century in France, on plantations near Brittany. Wild wakame is harvested in Tasmania and sold to restaurants in Sydney.

Since the 1960s, dry wakame imported from Japan has been actively used in the United States. It appeared in grocery stores thanks to the macrobiotic movement, and in the 1970s, with the spread of the fashion for sushi, it became known to all segments of the population.

Slippery wakame leaves have a green color and a delicate sweetish taste.Dried sheets are cut into small pieces, as they swell a lot during cooking.

In Japan and Europe, wakame is stored dry or salted. The main wakame dishes are misosiru and miyokkuk, as well as tofu salads. Wakame can be served as a snack. All of these dishes are usually sprinkled with soy sauce or vinegar.

Goma wakame, seaweed salad, popular in American sushi bars. Literally, the name means “sesame wakame”, as wakame is sprinkled with sesame seeds when cooking.

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What kind of seaweed wakame is, the benefits and harms of wakame are of great interest to people who lead a healthy lifestyle, monitor their health, and are interested in traditional methods of treatment. So we will try to answer the questions that interest this category of people.

Wakame is a favorite seaweed for the inhabitants of the Land of the Rising Sun and not only. Marine farmers in Korea, like Japan, breed this seaweed. Their experience has relatively recently been followed by the “owners” of marine areas in Australia and France.I immediately wanted to warn those for whose places wakame is not wheat or grapes, which are native plants in Europe.

After all, wakame multiplies very quickly, it is even called a weed, with which the native environment of the Pacific Ocean knows how to negotiate and therefore does not allow environmental disaster, counteracting the aggression of wakame.

The color of wakame leaves is dark green, orange-brown, almost brownish. The length of the leaves reaches 2 meters. Cutting them into strips, the leaves are salted and dried.Nutritionists say that this alga has no contraindications and can be systematically eaten without fear. In addition, it is low in calories, which, again, is useful for people with any figure.

Wakame does not like high temperatures and has a delicate aroma and crunchy structure. It is enough to put it in a hot broth poured into a plate and the swelling of the leaves with an increase in volume by 4 times will happen by itself. To use wakame for salads and other dishes, it is soaked in warm water for 10-15 minutes and then, swelling, it will turn beautifully green.After soaking, it is enough to blanch the wakame in boiling water for no more than 30–60 seconds and quickly fill it with cold water. As soon as the water leaves the sieve, the seaweed is 100% ready for use.

Useful properties of wakame

Enjoying the taste of a salad with wakame seaweed, we are already treating with taste and pleasure.

Oriental medicine actively uses wakame to prepare a number of potions. Here are their main directions:

– life extension;

– blood purification;

– weight loss;

– prevention of iodine deficiency;

– cosmetics.

Having reached a certain age limit, people begin to think about life expectancy and often dream that the years of their stay on Earth will end as late as possible. In Japan, wakame seaweed is considered a longevity seaweed. Japanese scientists have found in them laminar histidine and algin, which normalize blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and prevent atherosclerosis. Scientists also found a polysaccharide in them, which prevents blood coagulation, which leads to thrombosis, and therefore to a heart attack.

Wakame are rich in omega-3, which is known to protect against strokes, heart attacks and depression. The listed substances, as well as those not listed, but existing in wakama, purify the blood and thereby also contribute to the prolongation of life.

Wakame, like all kelp, are rich in fucosanthin, a natural fat burner. As a result of the use of wakame, a mechanism is triggered that leads to weight loss. Wakame are rich in iodine, which means they are necessary for people suffering from iodine deficiency. And although this is about iodine, one should not forget that wakame are rich in a complex of minerals that are invisible helpers of iodine.This is calcium, iron, and the rare earth antioxidant selenium.

Wakame are increasingly used in cosmetics. First of all, masks are prepared from these algae, which have a brightening, soothing and, according to experts, an ultra-moisturizing effect. If you don’t like age spots on your hands, then it’s time to use wakame.

Wakame is rich in fiber, vitamins and various microelements. Nicotinic acid, choline, beta-carotene, vitamins PP, K, B, A, iodine, iron, phosphorus, sodium, manganese – all these are components of the wakame brown algae.

The taste of wakame is light, pleasant and slightly salty, they are actively consumed by residents not only of coastal regions, but also of mainland regions. The main habitat is water areas near Japan, Korea and China. The color of the algae is from dark green to brown.

Regular intake of algae reduces cholesterol levels and the risk of vascular blockages, thus avoiding sudden heart attacks and strokes.

Wakame is useful for people suffering from heart disease, blood diseases and diabetes.They stabilize blood pressure, thyroid function, increase immunity and resist the spread of viral infections. Wakame is actively used in the cosmetic industry, based on their cleansing, disinfecting and antibacterial properties. Products containing elements of algae have a beneficial effect on the skin of the face, rejuvenating it and getting rid of acne.

Wakame can be used as an anti-cancer agent due to the fact that they contain lignans, which in turn have the ability to destroy cancer cells.In large quantities, this plant contains iodine, which is necessary for the normal functioning of the thyroid gland. Wakama contains substances that help protect the skin from the negative effects of ultraviolet rays. In the East, algae are used to enhance protective functions and to cleanse the blood. It also acts on the body as an anti-inflammatory agent.

With regular use of Wakame, you can reduce the risk of heart and vascular diseases, problems with blood clotting and immunity, as well as obesity.

The seaweed has a pleasant aroma and a refreshing taste. Slightly slippery in texture, but pleasantly crispy, like vegetables. It tastes like cabbage for some, and spinach for others. Its refreshing taste, most people, who do not even often eat seaweed, find it very pleasant. Kelp is free of any fat, making it a desirable food on the table for those who are concerned about healthy eating and counting calories.

Fresh wakame is orange-brownish in color, can grow up to two meters in length.From the beginning of the winter to the beginning of the summer months, it grows on underwater rocks. Japanese cuisine has been using this seaweed for centuries. Wakame is commonly used dried or salted and added to salads, soups, and stews. Real miso soup necessarily includes wakame, although if you can’t get these healthiest seaweed, the more affordable nori will replace it.

Miso soup

Miso soup is popular not only in the East. He conquers the culinary territory of the West and does not meet obstacles in Russia.This is not surprising. And it’s not about the fashion for Japanese cuisine. Probably, the instinct of self-preservation has not yet been lost by humanity. Therefore, even without knowing about the great benefits of this soup, people, nevertheless, are increasingly introducing it into the diet.

Indeed, the soup contains only the ingredients the body needs. And if potatoes, radishes, mushrooms, fish, shrimps are familiar to us, then dashi broth, seaweed, tofu, miso paste are not yet very familiar to us. It’s a pity, because they enrich the dish, making it an elixir for our stomach.

Buddhist monks used miso soup, which allowed them to do without meat – with a shortage of animal products, miso soup fully provides the body with the necessary supply of energy.

It is believed that 100 g of this soup covers the daily requirement for vitamin B12, which is known to be called the vitamin of longevity. In addition, miso soup in those who consume it, normalizes cholesterol content, provides elasticity of blood vessels. Experts say that this soup is especially useful for smokers.It is believed to neutralize the harm from smoking as much as possible. It is also believed that a cup of hot miso soup suppresses hangover and has a beneficial effect on the liver.

And more. Miso paste used in soups, where the ingredients are tofu, shrimp, salmon, seaweed, mushrooms, will supply all the necessary substances to the body, and make you full and cheerful.

Miso soup with tofu and seaweed

What you need:

Fish broth (chicken) – 1 l.

Miso paste – 100 g.

Tofu – 200 g.

Dry algae wakame – 2 tbsp. l.

Onions – 100 g.

How to cook:

Dilute the miso paste in a little broth. Cook in the remaining broth for 2 minutes from the moment of boiling diced tofu, onion, seaweed. Add miso spread in broth and stop heating immediately. Attention! You need to eat the soup immediately after cooking. Then you will appreciate not only the taste of the soup, but also the aroma.

Harm of wakame

There are no contraindications to this product, but if you have not previously consumed seaweed in food, you should limit yourself to small amounts.

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90,000 Seven North Korean “inventions” we don’t know much about

North Korean media relentlessly report on the outlandish and unverifiable achievements of local craftsmen in science and technology.

The BBC Russian Service cites some of the scientific inventions that one of the most closed countries in the world is proud of, and about which little is known to the rest of the world.

1. Hangover alcohol

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The leader of North Korea strongly supports innovative technologies and discoveries

“Gourmet liquor”, containing from 30 to 40 percent alcohol, is made from local ginseng and sticky rice.

The drink, according to the local press, has the strongest healing effect thanks to the ginseng extract, and the rice roasted over the fire replaces sugar in the liqueur, removes the natural bitterness of ginseng and helps to get rid of the hangover syndrome.

2. “Kymen-yenyang” dragee to combat smoking

To promote a healthy lifestyle, Korean scientists in 2011 announced the invention of special dragees “Kymen-yenyan” (“Smoking Cessation”).

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The leader of North Korea did not use the development of scientists to combat smoking

The North Korean press claims that the drug is very effective – it not only helps to eliminate the craving for smoking, but also removes toxic substances from the body …It contains ginseng and other medicinal herbs.

The creators claim that due to the presence of coix (plants from the family of cereals), the agent also has an anti-cancer effect.

Judging by the latest photographs of the North Korean leader with a cigarette,

Kim Jong-un never took advantage of the latest invention of scientists, which would have allowed him to overcome the bad habit.

3. Medicine to fight liver diseases

The Central Telegraph Agency of Korea (CTAC) announced successful trials of a drug that can effectively fight various serious liver diseases.

Its action is based on the use of the natural substance protoporphyrin, which is obtained from the blood of animals.

According to scientists from the Biochemical Institute of the University of Science of the DPRK, the new drug will be used to treat acute and chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis and other serious liver diseases.

4. “Super drink” that stimulates the brain

The only thing known about the principle of the secret soda with the taste of apples, peaches and strawberries is that it promotes the formation of new brain cells.

Truly revolutionary, according to the local press, the tool can be used for therapeutic and prophylactic purposes, helping to improve mental capacity and strengthen memory.

According to the CTAC, 60 types of natural microelements are part of the lightly carbonated drink with a strong antioxidant effect.

In addition to the stimulating effect on brain activity, the “super drink” has other properties. These include helping to fight cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.And women are invited to evaluate the cosmetic effect of the drug – to protect the skin from the formation of wrinkles and acne.

5. Camouflage paint that hides military equipment from radars

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Developments in the military field are of great concern to Kim Jong-un

In addition to inventions in the field of health, North Korean scientists are interested in developments in the military technology.

One of these “inventions” is an extraordinary camouflage paint for equipment and weapons, which, it is said, will help to hide them from detection by enemy radars.

Of course, the invention is top secret, but a certain booklet, published in North Korea, fell into the hands of South Korean specialists, which says that the invention can help in disguising not only technology, but also buildings. In addition, it can be used to disorient enemy forces by simulating the movement of military targets.

6. Jammer

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High-tech inventions North Korea planned to sell abroad

Another high-tech military “invention” of North Korea is a jammer, which, according to the North Korean press , simply knocks down high-precision weapons.

Guided bombs or cruise missiles, which, for example, are in service with the US Army, will simply deviate from the set course and hit the wrong place.

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