Osam-bulgogi (오삼불고기): Spicy Squid and Pork Belly

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[Osam is shorthand for ojingau-samgyupsal. Ojingau= Squid, Samgyupsal: pork belly]

Koreans feel that the spicier the food, the better for stress relief, and osam-bulgogi is one of the most popular spicy Korean dishes. This dish is sautéed squid and pork in spicy sauce with various vegetable of your choice. Continue reading

Gungjung-ttuckbokki (궁중떡볶이): Royal Rice Cakes

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[Gungjung: royal, ttuck: rice cakes, bokki: sauté]

Gungjung-tuckbokki or royal tuckbokki is a non-spicy version of Koreans’ favorite pastime dish, tuckbokki. I assume that it is called “royal” tuckbokki because this dish contains as much meat and vegetables as rice cakes unlike its cousin and moreover contains all of the 5 food groups.

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Ttuckmandu-guk (떡만두국): Rice cake and dumpling soup

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[Ttuck: rice cakes, Mandu: dumplings, guk: soup]

Ttuckmandu-guk is traditionally the first meal Koreans eat on New Year’s Day. The white color of the rice cakes symbolizes a new start and longevity while the round shape represents coins for good luck and wealth. Continue reading

Kkori-gomtang (꼬리곰탕): Oxtail Soup

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[Kkori: tail or oxtail, Gomtang: Korean beef soup]

One of my favorite soups to make and serve is Kkorigom-tang, which is a Korean oxtail soup. Amongst many of the Korean bone marrow based soups such as sullung-tang and sagol-guk, this is the easiest one to make and the most sumptuous and versatile soup in my opinion. Continue reading

Pork Kimchi Jjigae (돼지고기 김치찌개): Pork Kimchi Soup

[Jjigae= a thick soup or stew]

Kimchi jjigae is the queen of Korean soups. When I eat heavy meals and feel fat and bloated, all I want to have is a bowl of bubbly kimchi jjigae and some rice. Continue reading

Samgyupsal-guyi & Ssamjang (삼겹살 구이 & 쌈장): Roasted Pork Belly & Lettuce Wrap

[Samgyupsal: pork belly, Guyi: roasted, sautéed or grilled, ssam: wrap, vegetable wrap, jang: sauce]

You can transfer your home into a Korean restaurant by simply grilling some pork belly and by having the right Korean condiments. Continue reading