Dotorimuk-bap (도토리묵밥): Acorn Jelly Rice Soup

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[Dotori: acorn, Muk: jelly, Bap: rice]

I always stop by this small restaurant near my mother’s art studio in Gonjiam, 1 hour away from Seoul. This restaurant called “Waehalmunijip (외할머니집),” which translates to maternal grandmother, was the first place I tried Dotorimuk-bap (도토리묵밥). This simple light yet delicious one-pot meal has become one of my favorite dishes since then. 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

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

Gamja Duejigogi Jjigae (감자돼지고기찌개): Spicy Pork and Potato Stew

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[Gamja: potato, Duejigogi: pork, Jjigae: stew]

I like this hearty nutritious spicy stew especially on a cold day. It is full of vegetables and the pork makes it even tastier. This classic stew is especially favored by men and is great with a little soju! Continue reading