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

Dubu-guyi & Yachae-guyi (두부구이&야채구이): Grilled Tofu and Vegetables

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[Dubu: tofu, Guyi: grilled dish, yachae: vegetables]

A friend of mine recently asked, “What’s an easy Korean vegetarian dish?” The first thing that came to mind was grilled tofu served with dipping sauce. This dish is extremely simple and delicious in itself but for the other day, I decided to add grilled vegetables as well. Continue reading