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.
Etude House My Beauty Tool Silicon Brush
Beauty, Korea’s billion-dollar industry, might be a good place to start with all things Korean. Here’s a gentle exfoliating brush in the shape of a jellyfish (because why not?) from the brand that gave us the blur primer.
Crazy Korean Cooking Stone Hot Pot
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.
Bibimbap Stone Bowls Set
And let’s not forget the earthenware bowl to enjoy your bibimbap in.
Gonggi Konggi Korean Jacks Game
Americans may favor metal, but there’s something a lot more fun about tossing around colorful geometric stones for jacks.
Mamison Superior Quality Gloves
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.
Korean Sweet Hydrangea Leaf Tea
Who knew your summertime hydrangeas could yield such a sweet and fragrant tea?
Korean Infuser Cup and Saucer Set of Two
A teatime cup-and-saucer set for two with a built-in infuser to enjoy your blooms, in Korean celadon — it would be a good alternative if you have an appetite for jadeite.
Korean Lotte Milk Chewy Candy (Pack of 2)
Milky, yummy candies for those with a sweet tooth. One reviewer describes them as, “if a marshmallow and a taffy had a baby.”
Adjustable Korean Bookshelf
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.
Three Seven (777) Nail Clipper Made in Korea
Even the toughest nails are no match for these clippers made from high-quality Korean steel.
Kakao Friends Ryan Wastebasket
Where Japan has Sanrio, Korea has Kakao Friends, a lineup of adorable characters that prominently features this little orange lion without a mane (yes, he looks like a bear) who is simply named “Ryan.” Here’s a small trash can in his likeness.
Neody Mouse Wrist Rest
A cooling-gel wrist rest that you can put in the freezer if you feel like you may be getting carpal tunnel from scrolling overload.
TeChef 12” Stir Fry Pan
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.
The Rag Company Microfiber Waffle-Weave Towels
Reviewers rave about these durable waffle-weave microfiber towels that make good cleaning cloths for cars or electronics.
Soki Korean Premium Bar Soaps
These bar soaps for laundry, made from vegetable extracts, are gentle enough to use on your delicates.
TeChef Stovetop Korean BBQ Non-Stick Grill Pan
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.
Crazy Korean Cooking Fermentation Container
And for the DIY types, here’s a smell-proof receptacle to ferment your own kimchi at home.
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum
Orion Choco Pie, Two Boxes
Chocolate snacks recommended by chefs Douglas Kim and Brian Kim as “quintessential Korean snacks.”
Genuine Korean Exfoliating Scrub Bath Mitten
Alison Freer uses these exfoliating bathing mitts to get her body Korean-spa-smooth, which she credits for helping scour pills and pills of dead skin off of her body.
Cuckoo Electric Heating Rice Cooker
A pink rice cooker from Korean cookware brand Cuckoo, which is considered one of the best brands out there for cook-ware, period.
Queenneeup Unisex Adult Korean Alphabet Snapback Hat
Baseball caps are a staple of Korean streetwear; this one translates to “boss” or “president.”
Holika Holika Smooth Egg Skin Peeling Gel
Kakao Friends Ryan Baby Pillow
More Kakao Friends merchandise, this time a cuddly, plush Ryan the Lion that babies can snooze on.
Celadon Incense Holder
A beautiful incense holder crafted from Korean celadon that would make a nice table centerpiece when not in use.
Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch, for 24
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.
Nongshim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup
Because ramen’s a cooking staple way past your college years, here’s a fancier Shin Ramyun pack from Korean brand Nongshim.
Kitchen Art Korean Stainless Steel Chopsticks
And for eating them, stainless-steel chopsticks are worth the upgrade from disposable takeout options, as writer Maxine Builder tells us, because they can be used over and over again for kimchi or noodles or Korean barbecue.
Shinto Women’s Fleece Headband
You may have spotted our beauty writer Rio in one of these fleece headbands here, which she says are ideal for keeping your hair out of your face when you’re masking or showering.
Korean Chewy Fruit Snack My Jju Gummy Variety Pack of 3
Sweet and sour candies in nice purse-friendly quantities.
Korean Flower Card Game
A flower card game called “Go, Stop” that features a deck with colorful printed designs on the back.
Korean Stainless Steel Rice Bowl and Lid Set of 4
Stainless-steel rice bowls with a lid that form the perfect serving of rice.
Prince of Peace Korean Ginseng Tea
For an all-over health boost.
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