YouTube is the best platform to learn anything your heart desires. It’s one of the easiest – and most fun places to learn Korean cooking. The visual element of instruction YouTube offers makes it easier to learn Korean cooking than the traditional recipe book does – at least for me. I have built up quite the culinary repertoire through these YouTube accounts.
It’s harder than one might think for foreigners, in any country, to learn to cook local dishes. As is my case here in Korea. Being both new to the kitchen in general and to Korea, I rely heavily on video tutorials to teach me how to make my favorite meals myself. Of course, including the Korean dishes that are new to me. There are videos to learn Korean cooking for nearly every dish – from traditional to modern. Plus, I sometimes get videos recommended to me through YouTube’s algorithms. They open my eyes to plenty of new things to try and recreate on my own.
Here are some of my favorite channels to follow, which give easy, uncomplicated instructions that almost always result in a tasty end product that is worth all the trouble. I have them to thank for my newfound skills in the kitchen, as well as a new hobby that has served me well over the years of holing up at home.
One of the most famous Korean cooking tutorial channels is One Meal A Day. The mysterious person behind One Meal A Day cooks some of the most inviting food I’ve ever seen.
From the methodical, calming way the videos are produced to the easy instructions and the short ingredients list and prep time, the recipes introduced on this channel suit very much my lifestyle. Plus, most of the Korean cooking they do are all recipes that can be crafted on a budget.
I’ve yet to fail to recreate one of their recipes. And – some of my very favorites, absolute staples in my household – have originated here. My personal favorites include the Tomato Curry Udon, the Soy Sauce Eggs and the Kkakdugi Fried Rice.
No other figure is as legendary or as famous in the Korean cooking circles as Paik Jong-won. Arguably Korea’s favorite food authority, he commands a lot of trust in his industry; trust which I also share. I tend to go straight to his channel when looking for a specific recipe. His recipes for Korean cooking staples are especially good.
I first learned how to make Kimchi Fried Rice and Sundubu Jjigae from him. Although his recipes typically call for more ingredients than the One Meal A Day recipes do, his kind, almost fatherly way of explaining the instructions step-by-step makes it very easy to make a delicious meal with no stress or fear.
If you prefer to learn in person rather than online, not to worry! There are plenty of opportunities to take Korean cooking classes. Click Here to read one foreigner’s experiences taking Korean cooking classes in Busan.