Yes, the Olympics are underway in Pyeongchang, and with all the feats of skill and speed and artistry on display in South Korea, now felt like an appropriate time to celebrate all of the delightful things that originated in the country. From miracle-working beauty products and addictive snacks to Ultra HD electronics and the world’s best dishwashing gloves. Welcome to Made in Korea week on the Strategist.
If you’ve followed any of the Strategist’s coverage, you know that we are superfans of Korean products. For starters, there are the beauty products (who could forget Rio Viera-Newton’s definitive Google doc?), but there’s also a selection of great kitchen items — from stainless-steel chopsticks to an indispensable pair of pink rubber gloves — that were too good not to share. And because chances are, if you can’t track a product down in your city’s version of K-Town, you can bet on Amazon to sell it, we went digging for the best — the most useful, most delightful — Korean items that Amazon has to offer.
If you’ve ever had the luxury of watching a raw egg cook on contact in a bubbling Korean broth, you’re probably already very familiar with Korea’s stone hot pots, which are excellent for making bibimbap and steaming hot soup.
And let’s not forget the earthenware bowl to enjoy your bibimbap in.
Americans may favor metal, but there’s something a lot more fun about tossing around colorful geometric stones for jacks.
For New Yorkers who haven’t been blessed with a dishwasher in their apartment, these Korean gloves beloved by writer Rachel Khong will prevent your fingers from going prune-y when you’re hand-washing and allow you to withstand some scalding dishwater temps.
Who knew your summertime hydrangeas could yield such a sweet and fragrant tea?
Milky, yummy candies for those with a sweet tooth. One reviewer describes them as, “if a marshmallow and a taffy had a baby.”
If you’re not cramped for space (and not color allergic), this tiered Korean-style shelving would be a nice way to display your art books.
Get all of your stir-frying needs covered with this nonstick Teflon wok that’s lightweight enough that you shouldn’t have to flip up the pan with both hands.
These bar soaps for laundry, made from vegetable extracts, are gentle enough to use on your delicates.
A pan that will help you perfect your bulgogi barbecued beef.
We really couldn’t do a listing of Korean things without mentioning its briny cabbage delicacy kimchi, which can be delivered right to your doorstep.
And for the DIY types, here’s a smell-proof receptacle to ferment your own kimchi at home.
A pink rice cooker from Korean cookware brand Cuckoo, which is considered one of the best brands out there for cook-ware, period.
Baseball caps are a staple of Korean streetwear; this one translates to “boss” or “president.”
More Kakao Friends merchandise, this time a cuddly, plush Ryan the Lion that babies can snooze on.
A beautiful incense holder crafted from Korean celadon that would make a nice table centerpiece when not in use.
One of Strat’s perennial best sellers is this little pimple patch from Cosrx, which does wonders for the surprise whitehead overnight. It’s also one of Rio’s original Google doc staples, along with their snail-mucin essence and morning cleanser.
Because ramen’s a cooking staple way past your college years, here’s a fancier Shin Ramyun pack from Korean brand Nongshim.
A flower card game called “Go, Stop” that features a deck with colorful printed designs on the back.
Stainless-steel rice bowls with a lid that form the perfect serving of rice.
For an all-over health boost.
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