Recipe: Beef Soondubu Jjigae (순두부 찌개)
Feb27

Recipe: Beef Soondubu Jjigae (순두부 찌개)

I’ve been fortunate enough that this current winter has thankfully been the mildest I’ve had in Korea yet. But we’re still talking negative double digit temps here on some nights so it’s no surprise I’ve been craving a lot of hearty and warm dishes for dinner lately. Soondubu jjigae, or soft tofu stew, is a fine example of Korean comfort food and perfect for winter nights. Of course, even if there...

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Douceurs au miel et aux epices, recettes medicinales coreennes
Dec22

Douceurs au miel et aux epices, recettes medicinales coreennes

Dans la tradition de la cuisine coréenne, ou la cuisine asiatique en générale, le terme « dessert » n’existe pas… cependant, il ne manque pas de recette sucrée ! En les découvrant, nous pouvons voir une autre utilisation du sucre se mêlant avec du sel et des ingrédients inhabituels, comme par exemple, le haricot azuki (pat) ou le soja qui sont désormais bien connus. Yaksik traditionel Alors, deux mets sucrées coréennes sont les...

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Fried Seasoned Zucchini (호박볶음 hobak bokkeum)
Oct27

Fried Seasoned Zucchini (호박볶음 hobak bokkeum)

Zucchini are coming into season in California now, and I received a medium-sized one in my community-supported agriculture package last week. I could have again made 호박전 hobak jeon (zucchini pancake), which is always tasty. Another option was 궁중 떡볶이 gungjung tteokbokki, the royal ancestor of the spicy, warm 떡볶이 tteokbokki (rice cake stew). Yet hobak bokkeum is a simple dish and once you make it, you can either serve it on the spot in...

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Recipe: Kale Kimchi
Aug23

Recipe: Kale Kimchi

Recently, I joined a CSA (community-supported agriculture) farm affiliated with our local community college. Our CSA promises, “a share of whatever is ripe and ready to eat.” That share recently included a small bunch of kale. Hubby is not a fan of kale, and I have never cooked with it before. So I was at a loss as to what I could do with it — really at a loss. Initially, I thought I would make kale chips with it, given...

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Recipe: One Pot Soybean Sprout Rice

In addition to oodles of cold noodles in this sweltering heat, another life saver for meals at home has been one pot cooking dishes which also don’t (or minimally) use open-flame gas ranges. Soybean Sprout Rice (Kongnamul Bap 콩나물밥) was one of my favorite simple dishes to eat at home while growing up, and I remember eating copious amounts of it with kimchi on the occasions my mom made it for dinner. Traditionally, or rather when...

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Recipe: Cilantro Kimchi

If you read most Korean food blogs, they will tell you that Koreans don’t eat coriander, aka cilantro. They’ll tell you straight to your face that cilantro and Korean cuisine have never crossed paths before. As the Ask the Korean blog reported a couple of years ago: “Korea has never grown cilantro, and cilantro is not a part of Korean cuisine. … But Korean people’s cilantro-hate is nonetheless...

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