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

Myungyi-namul Jangajji (명이나물 장아찌): Korean Ramp Pickle

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[Myungyi-namul: ramp, Jangajji: Korean pickles made usually made with soy sauce and vinegar or a gochujang (red pepper paste) mixture]

The first time I had ramp was about two years ago at my favorite Korean barbeque restaurant in Seoul called, Mooduengsan (무등산). My friend and I ordered rib eye steak grilled Korean style and the waitress brought out myungyi-namul jangajji (명이나물 장아찌). She suggested that we wrap the rib eye with this pickled vegetable like ssam (쌈) or lettuce wrap. The result was so delicious I couldn’t believe it. 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