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Limes? Grown in Korea?
Nov17

Limes? Grown in Korea?

One of the greatest longlasting gripes of expats, chefs, and especially bartenders in Korea is the utter non-presence of limes. Whenever I see limes at a Mexican restaurant or bar, I ask where they got them. They get a sheepish look and say they have a connection with the U.S. Army base. Most of the limes in Korea are smuggled from military bases or bough on the black market. We always wondered why limes were so hard to find. Lemons...

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How water can be hard on your culinary masterpieces
Jan20

How water can be hard on your culinary masterpieces

Different sources of water have tortured the tongues of tea lovers for centuries and proved problematic for my late grandmother’s pickles. But health experts increasingly are realizing the subtle substances that distinguish one locale’s water from another — and consequently, a local specialty dish from a the same dish made elsewhere — can be essential to fighting chronic disease. My grandmother, of blessed memory, was...

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Considering Kosher in the Land of the Morning Calm
Dec01

Considering Kosher in the Land of the Morning Calm

South Korea is attracting more Jewish business travelers, diplomats, members of the military and English teachers, but there is a lot of misunderstanding over what is and isn’t kosher food. Some also believe that Muslim dietary standards, called halal in Arabic, are inter-changeable with kosher, but this is not the case. For example, organizers of the recent G20 economic summit in Seoul were asked to serve kosher meals for 50...

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Product Review: Annie Chun's Go-chu-jang PLUS Recipe

by Tammy Since December 2009, Annie Chun’s — yes, she’s a real person — and CJ Foods stirred up some controversy over the debut of Annie Chun’s gochujang sauce in the U.S. And some in the Korean blogosphere have been gnashing their teeth over this potential corruption of Korean cuisine and they haven’t even tasted it yet. Even stores in Northern California, her American home turf, that stock other Annie...

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What is your "can't find it but I need it" ingredient?
Feb25

What is your "can't find it but I need it" ingredient?

Posted by Tammy I found a Korean pomegranate recipe on Korea.net by Kim Yong-ja back in December 2009. When I decided to make the Seongnyu-muk (Pomegranate Jelly) recipe, I knew immediately that I’d have to make a couple of modifications to make it more user-friendly (and edible for me and my family). The first modification was the purchase of already squeezed pomegranate juice rather than squeezing it from scratch. Since...

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In Season: "Mountain Strawberries"

The past few years I have spent my free mornings walking up the leg of Gwanak Mountain that’s behind my house.  It’s an easy thirty-minute walk that passes by four gorgeous Buddhist temples and ends with satisfying views of my fair city of Anyang.  In June, little berries popped out on the side of the road that looked like raspberries.  They’re tart and seedier than the raspberries and blackberries I used to pick at...

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