Japchae (잡채): Sautéed Vermicelli(glass) Noodles

잡채Japchae (잡채) is one of the most popular dishes in Korea, typically made on special occasions. My husband’s friend D jokingly complained after a friend’s housewarming party that “they didn’t even have japchae. It’s no party without japchae!” Continue reading

Bausut Kalguksoo (버섯칼국수): Mushroom Noodle Soup

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[bausut: mushroom, kal: knife, guksoo: noodle]

Kalguksoo is a Korea noodle made of flour. It is traditionally made from fresh pasta, rolled out flat, then folded into layers before being cut into thin pasta or noodles with a knife, thus the word “kal,” which means knife in Korean. Continue reading

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

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

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