Chadolbagi-duenjang-jjigae (차돌박이 된장찌개): Soybean Paste Stew with Thinly Sliced Brisket

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[chadolbagi: very thinly sliced brisket, duenjang: fermented soybean paste, jjigae: stew]

Chadolbagi  (차돌박기) is paper thin brisket that is a popular cut of beef for barbeque. It is not marinated but simply grilled and usually served with a side of sesame oil with salt and pepper, variety of lettuces and ssamjang (쌈장). Continue reading

Sigeumchi Duenjang-guk (시금치 된장국): Spinach Soybean Paste Soup

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[Siguemchi: spinach, Duenjang: Korean soybean paste, Guk: soup]

Sigeumchi Duenjang-guk (시금치 된장국)is a very quick, nutritious soup that I make regularly for my family. Continue reading

Yukgaejang (육개장): Spicy Korean Soup with Shredded Beef

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Yukgaejang (육개장): Spicy Korean Soup with Shredded Beef

Yukgaejang is a popular hearty, spicy Korean soup served with rice. I adore this soup and it is my husband’s family’s favorite, well… except for my husband who doesn’t like spicy foods. Honestly, it is not simple to make but it is not difficult either by any means. 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

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

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