Asian Cuisines: Eastern Culinary Adventures on iTunes!

SPONSORED POST Asian Cuisines, a new app from Douguo, Inc. aims to introduce adventurous cooks to simple, healthy, and authentic Asian fare. The first noticeable fact about this new app: it’s gorgeous.  When you start it up, you’re presented with a bird’s eye view of table supporting four gorgeously photographed dishes, each representing the food of a different Asian country. (For the moment, Asian Cuisines offers Chinese, Japanese,...

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Travel Tips (Mistakes) We've Learned When Traveling to America with Kids

We just got to my dad’s house in Denver last night after a grueling 28 hours of flying and layovers. This is my wife and daughter’s first time in America. I’ve done this trip a few times, but this is the first time I’ve traveled with a child. I’ve learned a few things over the years and a lot of things on this trip–mostly mistakes that I would like to post so that others won’t go through what...

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Banchan pizza: A second life for side dishes
Oct31

Banchan pizza: A second life for side dishes

Typical of many Korean households, my refrigerator is stuffed with little containers of leftover 반찬 banchan. Many recipes for those side dishes are scaled to serve six to eight people, so the two of us always have leftovers. I can only eat so much 비빔밥 bibimbap. While fretting about my bounty of banchan, I was insipred to repurpose those leftovers as pizza toppings. In my fridge, I spied sauteed carrots, cilantro 김치 kimchi and 불고기...

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Cold brew coffee: Easy, cheap, delicious and home-made

Following up on the theme of my last post regarding a coffee question from a ZenKimchi reader, I thought I would share my personal method for making cold brew coffee. If you ask a coffee connoisseur  to recommend a ‘coffee maker’ for you, they will probably giggle with delight and point you in the direction of something that looks like a chemistry set, only more confusing. More than this, for those of us in Korea, it...

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Coffee Question: Dutch coffee

I recently received a great coffee question in my inbox from ZenKimchi reader Ron Handel: …this past week at work a parent brought me a bottle of Dutch coffee. It is in what looks close to a wine bottle. The directions on how to enjoy it are written in Korean so I am out of luck. What is your recommendation on the best way to enjoy this coffee? A quick search on the internet brings up a ton of videos on the unique process to...

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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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