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

Yuja-cha, Saenggang-cha, Mogua-cha (유자차, 생강차, 모과차): Yuzu Tea, Ginger Tea, Quince Tea

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Colds and flus are still prevalent although spring is finally around the corner and they say that the flu season is almost over. Unfortunately, I catch colds often especially during this season so there are three Korean teas that I always keep at home; Yuja-cha (유자차), Saenggang-cha (생강차), Mogua-cha (모과차).

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Dolsot Bibimbap (돌솥비빔밥): Stone Bowl Bibimbap

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[Dolsot: Stone bowl, Bibimbap: a rice dish with variety of vegetables and optionally meat]

Everyone loves bibimbap, especially dolsot bibimbap, which is a rice dish with various vegetables and optionally meat in a sizzling stone bowl. Bibimbap has become Korea’s most well-known dish along with Kimchi and bulgogi. Continue reading

Namul (시금치, 숙주나물 & 마른나물): Marinated Spinach, Bean Sprouts & Dried Vegetables

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[Namul: marinated vegetables served as banchan or side dish]

Last Sunday, February 24th was 1/15 on the lunar calendar. Koreans call this day Jungwol-daeboreum (정월대보름) and celebrate first full moon of the lunar calendar year. Traditionally, people wish for good health, fortune and a good year for harvest. Many of customs involve eating certain kinds of food, which include marinated sautéed dried vegetables, nuts and multigrain rice with beans. Continue reading