Imsil cheese (most famously a kind of mozzarella) was the first domestically produced cheese in South Korea. It all began in the 1950s when a Belgian Catholic priest founded a dairy cooperative in the village of Imsil that eventually expanded into a cheese making operation. These days, Imsil cheese is most known for the crucial topping to Imsil Cheese Pizza, a national restaurant chain.
Cheeses of the World: Lighvan Lighvan, or Tabriz, cheese is a brined curd cheese from northwestern Iran made from sheep’s or goat’s milk. Almost like a Persian feta, Lighvan comes in triangular blocks, is filled with holes, and has a sour taste. It’s traditionally eaten as a breakfast item with hot tea and a slice of noon-e sangak flatbread or as a dinner spread with tomatoes and cucumbers.