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Recipe: Chamchi Jeon (Korean tuna cakes)
Aug20

Recipe: Chamchi Jeon (Korean tuna cakes)

Many keep some cans of tuna in the pantry as an inexpensive source of protein. But for a number of Americans, the only purpose for canned tuna is tuna salad or cat food. Veer from the deep-rutted tuna salad trail with this easy recipe for 참치전 chamchi jeon. These little, two-bite-sized tuna cakes are seasoned simply with salt, pepper, onion and a little garlic. That helps them pair well with bolder, spicier main dishes or kimchi...

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Recipe: Cho Ganjang (Korean Vinegar Soy Sauce)

Cho ganjang is one of those recipes that is so basic and fundamental, I can almost make the recipe in my sleep. It is a quick, flavorful dipping sauce that complements “dippable” dishes. That includes fried foods such as 감자전 gamja jeon (Korean latke) or 부추전 bu chu jeon (chive pancake) as well as fish and 김밥 kimbap (rolled sushi). Sometimes I just have to get back to the basics. Creating new recipes invigorates the brain...

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Korean Onion Relish

The onion does not have an ancient connection to Korean cuisine. But you wouldn’t know that, based on how popular the root vegetable is now in Korea. That’s in sharp contrast to the milder green onion, which has been a part of Korean cuisine for hundreds, even thousands of years. Onions were introduced to Korea just over 100 years ago and were not grown on a large scale there until the 1960s. This recipe for Korean onion...

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Super Easy Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi (Oi Sobaegi)
Jul04

Super Easy Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi (Oi Sobaegi)

Kimchi making is often a very labor intensive process. In fact, every November is dedicated to kimchi making, call it the kimchi making season. But today, I will show you how to make a very simple recipe of stuffed cucumber kimchi called oi sobaegi 오이 소배기. My recipe differs slightly from the original Korean recipe, due to my residency in the US, but the flavor and theory of making this dish will be basically the same. Print Super Easy...

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Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)
Jun25

Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)

I couldn’t get my mind off that nakji gguri I had a while back, so I thought I’d try to make it at home. Nakji (little octopus) was on sale, so I picked up a pack. Also, this was a good time to use my jar of [amazon_link id="B000NB1NYI" target="_blank" ]Airborne Thyme Honey[/amazon_link], which I received as a gift recently. Love this stuff! Really tastes unique. It’s a New Zealand honey that you can find in the...

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Korean Carrots (Koreyscha Sabzili Salat)

Korean carrot salad, pronounced Koreyscha Sabzili Salat in the Uzbek language, is ubiquitous throughout the former Soviet Union. The dish was invented by Korean immigrants to Russia’s Far East and the recipe would have stayed there if Stalin hadn’t forcibly deported the Soviet Koreans further west to the Central Asian republics of Uzbekistan and Kazakstan. Stalin’s fear that Japanese spies were infiltrating the USSR...

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