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Kimchi Dakgalbi

Kimchi Dakgalbi

Korean barbecue depends on the quality of the marinade. Diners might not have the well-trained sense of a sommelier, but they will detect a difference even if they can't identify exactly which ingredient they are noticing in a good or bad way. There are two basic...

Bulgogi – The Costco Way

Bulgogi – The Costco Way

You loooooooooove bulgogi, but you don't want to go out to a Korean restaurant. You're still jonesing for some of that awesome Korean grilled meat, yet you don't know how to make it at home. Maybe you think prepping bulgogi at home is more difficult than it really is....

Cooking Video – Crispy Bibimbap

Cooking Video – Crispy Bibimbap

Just in time for Halloween, not that I intended that in any way or I can force any relations between bibimbap and Halloween, here comes my first self-produced cooking video on crispy bibimbap.

Street Food at Home: Ultimate Rabokki

Street Food at Home: Ultimate Rabokki

Every now and then I get the craving for junk food--Korean junk food. Rather than ordering some rabokki from my local kimbap shack, I decided to make my own while cleaning out my refrigerator in the process. Yeah, it's more bunsik than street food, but semantics were...

Recipe: Noryangjin-inspired ‘Bomb Rice’

Recipe: Noryangjin-inspired ‘Bomb Rice’

Seoul-Suburban posted this comment about a new dish they discovered while exploring the neighborhood around the famous Noryangjin Fish Market: I passed carts offering bibimbap, bulgogi hot dogs, deopbap, omurice, hamburgers, bokkeumbap, and something that one cart...

Recipe: Simple Kimchi Jjigae

Hurricane Irene came and went.  It felt so biarree to think such a strong hurricane would come through New York, I wondered if this is something similar to how Californians feel about snow.  The scene outside of my window looked just like the usual heavy rain from...

Black Kong Guksu

Black Kong Guksu

In the last few days, the weather has wearily cooled down with frequent rain.  Uncomfortable humidity makes it feel hotter than weather reports want you to believe.  As much as I feel the days are moving fast-forward to greet the autumn, August still belongs to the...

Homemade Jeotgal

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a guest post from Kpopaddict. She's brave enough to tackle a subject that a lot of us love but don't have the chops for. What Exactly is Jeotgal? Jeotgal is a popular Korean dish mainly used as a condiment or seasoning. It consists of various...

Modern Recipes

Cooking Video – Crispy Bibimbap

Cooking Video – Crispy Bibimbap

Just in time for Halloween, not that I intended that in any way or I can force any relations between bibimbap and Halloween, here comes my first self-produced cooking video on crispy bibimbap.

New Bibigo Retail Sauces in Korean Tacos

New Bibigo Retail Sauces in Korean Tacos

ZenKimchi Korean Food Journal was approached some time ago by publicists for CJ Foods, the owners of the Bibigo restaurant franchise. CJ Foods is also a subsidiary of CJ Corp., one of South Korea's largest food manufacturers. They offered free samples of their new...

Patbingsu Cupcakes

Do you have leftover ingredients for patbingsu (팥빙수; shaved ice with sweetened red beans and mini rice cakes) still sitting in the refrigerator?  Well, I did.  After making it all summer long, it's become too cold all of a sudden to enjoy patbingsu every day. So I...

Raspberry Ssamjang

Raspberry Ssamjang

I have this obsession of taking every non-Korean recipe and trying to put a Korean spin on it. When I have a "eureka" moment, the result is published here. My current "eureka" moment comes from a recipe by Amy of  Amy's Cooking Adventures. I took her Spicy Raspberry...

Nurungji (Scorched Rice) Chips

Nurungji (Scorched Rice) Chips

I always have some cooked rice, in the freezer or kept warm in the rice cooker.  This is pretty common for many Korean families without them really having second thoughts about it.  It's like air and water that I only notice the lack of its existence on the rare...

Soy-Doenjang Steak Marinade

Let me indulge again and praise High Street Market for its existence. They're not paying me to say any of this (though I wouldn't turn it down), but I've been finding amazing stuff there. The damaged label wine bin is my new toy chest. Their cheeses are plentiful and...

Kongbiji Green Tea Cookies

  Ever since I discovered how kongbiji (콩비지; soy pulp or okara) complemented cookies and tteok (떡; rice cake) with its subtly nutty bite and flavor, it became an ingredient I always keep in the freezer.  Although it is considered a by-product of making soy milk...

Smoked DLT

EJ went through a bout of home shopping frenzy this past month. She does that every now and then. I think she has cabin fever taking care of the baby. Amongst her purchases was a big box of Korean style smoked duck. They're wonderfully smoked duck slices embedded in...

Coffee Seolgi

I'm back to seolgi (설기), steamed cake made with rice flour, sugar and water at its simplest form.  This time, together with instant coffee in milk and finely chopped walnuts, a new seolgi is born as an afternoon pick-me-up coffee cake that goes great with, what else,...

Korean Pear Charoset

Korean Pear Charoset

Last year, I posted a recipe for charoset that was decided non-Korean. This year, I decided to rectify that by making a Korean-style charoset for you. I took my new charoset recipe to our annual Passover seder and it was a big hit. As I said last Passover, The...

Korean Kitchen Hacking

Recipes for kitchens in Korea

Buttered Gochujang Chicken Wings 버터 고추장 닭날개

Buttered Gochujang Chicken Wings 버터 고추장 닭날개

More along the theme of cooking as many man foods as I can while the wife is away, I also got a hankerin' for some chicken wings.  The challenge was that I couldn't find a decent hot sauce at a decent price.  But... DUH... I have red pepper paste.  Gochujang 고추장.  So,...

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Po' Boy Survival

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Po' Boy Survival

Coming to Korea and living by myself, getting food was a challenge, especially if I wanted a little taste of home.  The first concoction I figured out to make was a shrimp po' boy.  The ingredients are readily available and are actually more convenient and cheaper...

Korea Coffee Survival

Korea Coffee Survival

When I first came to Korea, I had to overcome the shock, as many expats have done, of being deprived of daily joys I took for granted.  Ovens.  Cheese.  Clothes dryers. The first shock came on my first morning. "Coffee?  Where's the coffee maker?" My first employer...

Japanese Braised Pork Belly

Japanese Braised Pork Belly

I have been dreaming of this since I tried it last month at Smith (Songsaeng), a hipster Japanese izakaya in Sinsa-dong.  You can read about the izakaya in the latest issue of 10 Magazine. I love cooking things low and slow on weekends. This past Friday was part of...

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Perfect French Fries

This is one of those constantly evolving recipes. I've been experimenting with ways of making the perfect french fry. I think I'm getting close. INGREDIENTS Potatoes, washed, sliced into french fries with the skins on or off Salt Vinegar Crab Boil Seasoning (optional)...

Eun Jeong's Birthday/White Day Dinner

Eun Jeong's Birthday/White Day Dinner

A little bit about Korean holidays.  A lot of love related ones have popped up.  There's Valentine's Day (February 14th), where women give men gifts.  There's White Day (March 14th), where men give women gifts.  There's Black Day (April 14th), where single folks eat...

How to make Corned Beef in Korea

I was on TBS eFM 101.3 today talking about Ansan Asia Town and making your own corned beef.  I got a couple of requests for the links to the articles about the corned beef.  Here they are: The Great Reuben Project The Great Reuben Project: SUCCESS!

One Octopus.  Two Cuisines.

One Octopus. Two Cuisines.

Okay, I'm going a bit Sandra Lee on this one.  These are such wonderful gems. Korean grocery stores carry shrink-wrapped pre-cooked octopi.  They're tender, slightly salty and ready to eat straight out of the pack!  That may be why they are a bit on the pricey side. ...

The Great Reuben Project: SUCCESS!

The Great Reuben Project: SUCCESS!

I can't believe it! After my frequent line of big overblown failures, I did it! It also has the glorious mark of a good sandwich that was missing from Fatman's photo--it's messy.  The best foods are the messiest foods.  Ask anyone in Philly (or Rochester, NY--Garbage...

The Roasted Mystery Bird on Cheese Grits

The Roasted Mystery Bird on Cheese Grits

Last month, I met Therese (A Food Journey in Korea) and Rob (Homebrew Korea) in Ansan Asia Town for a little international food and booze tour.  It was chilly, but we had a great time.  Before we parted ways, we explored the wonderful international grocery stores for...

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