(Extra virgin olive oil, a picture from weekly chosun)
A couple of readers asked me why do Koreans use so much olive oil in cooking. If you go through a couple of my recipes, you will soon notice that too.
Well, to be honest, I have no idea what kind of cooking oil other Koreans use for their cooking. However, I do know that I prefer using “Extra virgin olive oil” for my cooking, because we believe that it is healthier than other kinds of oil. Though, since it is relatively expensive, I use vegetable oil for deep frying.
Before olive oil became very popular in Korea (around 2004-5), most Koreans used vegetable oil (including bean oil), but now since there are more varieties of oil available such as olive oil, grape seed oil, canola oil etc, I assume people choose by their preference, budget allowance, and how health conscious they are.
What kind of cooking oil do you use?