Gireum-ttuckbokki (기름떡볶이): Spicy and Mild Fried Rice Cakes

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[Gireum: oil, Ttuckbokki: marinated sautéed rice cake]

If you are on a diet, beware of this dish… fried rice cakes! Gireum-ttuckbokki (기름떡볶이) is sinfully delicious and simple to make, although probably not the best for those on diets. I love this version of ttuckbokki especially because it is crispy, soft and chewy. Continue reading

Yachae Gangduenjang-jjigae (야채강된장찌개): Vegetable Soybean Paste Stew

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[Yachae: vegetable, Gang: strong, intense, duenjang: Korean soybean paste, jjigae: stew]

Gangdeunjang-jjigae literally means strong or thick soybean stew. I think the more accurate description is that gangduenjang-jjigae is in-between a ssamjang (쌈장, soybean dipping sauce) and a regular duenjang-jjigae (된장찌개, soybean paste stew). Continue reading

Bausut, Dashima Gukmul (버섯, 다시마국물): Mushroom, Dashima Broth

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[Bausut: mushroom, Dashima: sea kelp, konbu, Gukmul: broth, stock]

Many Korean banchan (반찬) or side dishes are vegetarian/vegan. However, it is harder when you go into the soup and stew categories. A simple solution is to replace myulchi (멸치, Korean anchovies) broth with broth made with mushrooms and dashima (다시마). Continue reading

Kimchi-jeon & Boochu-jeon (김치전 & 부추전): Kimchi Pancakes and Korean Chive Pancakes

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[jeon: Korean pancakes or dish cooked in oil with flour and egg batter, boochu: Korean or Asian chive]

Over the weekend, my sister-in-law requested that I post pa-jeon (파전), or scallion pancakes. Unfortunately, I used all my scallions to make pa-kimchi (파김치, scallion kimchi) so I decided to make jeon or Korean pancakes with kimchi and boochu (부추, Korean or Asian chives). You can replace the boochu with scallions to make pa-jeon (파전). Continue reading

Ojingau-bokkeum (오징어볶음): Korean Spicy Squid

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[ojingau: squid, bokkeum: sauté]

I make my ojingau-bokkeum with my spicy BBQ sauce, the same marinade I use for osam-bulgogi and dubu-kimchi. I usually buy my squid from the farmer’s market, which is much fresher than squid from any other grocery store. Continue reading