Korean Kitchen Hacking: Lasagna almost totally from scratch
Feb07

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Lasagna almost totally from scratch

Korea has gotten much better for finding foreign products than when I started this blog. But some stuff is still difficult to find. One thing I have never made in Korea is lasagna. That already requires a good bit of work even if you do have ingredients on hand. What got me started was finding lasagna noodles at Home Plus. They’re partnered with Tesco in the UK, so they have lately become the best bet for finding western...

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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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Korean Kitchen Hacking: The Turducken Roll
Dec05

Korean Kitchen Hacking: The Turducken Roll

Being Korean American, my family had a lot of learning to do in the American culture department. Peeled apple on a chopstick was my lollipop.  I once heard Oprah say that moms who lovingly cut the crust off their kids’ sandwiches – THAT was love.  I needed to know mom loved me so I got her on that right away. Christmas was an awkward time when we’d all sit around and stare at each other before slowly receding to our...

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Korean Kitchen Hacking: Pressing Cheese in a Sink Drainer
Nov27

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Pressing Cheese in a Sink Drainer

EDITOR’S NOTE: Joyce is our newest writer at ZenKimchi. You can also catch her and her kitchen hacking skills at the amazing blog Knifing Forking Spooning. Making cheese isn’t something I’ve ever been interested in. I’ve just been interested in eating it. It wasn’t until I came to Korea that my interest for cheese consumption collided with cheese production. After realizing I could make my own cottage...

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How to make Chicken Chipotle Tostadas in Korea

EDITOR’S NOTE: Chipotle peppers recently turned up at local E-Marts. In celebration of this find, guest blogger Noe A. has given us this recipe. It’s not a Korean dish, but it’s another dish that people living in Korea can make. Avocado is optional, corn tortillas can be substituted with flour tortillas, and lemon juice can replace lime juice. Cilantro can also be found in Chinese grocery stores. When it comes to...

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Korean Kitchen Hacking: DIY Butter

I’ve had it up to here with E-Mart. Their motto seems to be “If you want it we don’t have it.” Lately, this four-story megamarket has been out of butter. They have two aisles of freezer dedicated to mandu, which I rarely see people buy. But butter has been one of those things that gets sparse there. This past week I checked, and they were out again. But they did have some heavy whipping cream for half the price...

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