Kimchi fried bulgur wheat

  I don’t like eating large amounts of food but I do spend the time to source good ingredients. Kimchi is the one of healthiest foods that you can eat. It is  packed full of nutritious  ingredients. We can use it as a seasoning. We can eat Kimchi as a salad, as a special gourmet addition to…

Naengmyeon

Naengmyeon Naengmyeon means literary in Korean, cold noodles. There are two kinds, one is Bibim-Naengmyeon which is mixed with spicy sauce with a little bit of beef or vegetable broth. Another one is Mul-Naengmyeon, served in a chilled broth made from beef or radish water kimchi. Naengmyeon used to eat by only nobles, especially among…

Kohlrabi Kimchi

Looking for an excellent alternative for Korean radish Kimchi (Ggakdugi)? Then why not using Kohlrabi? Ggakdugi is a type of Kimchi made from Korean radish. Koreans use this radish to make three different types of Kimchi. One is radish winter Kimchi in a broth called Dongchimi, the second is a mixed Kimchi called Seogbagji and…

Temple Kimbap

Many years ago, I had a chance to learn about temple food for 2 months from a famous monk-chef in Korea. One of his teachings was what we eat and when we eat is very important. In the morning, eat light food like porridge, for lunch have solid food, a full meal but asmall amount….

Kimchi guk(soup or stew)

  In Korea if there is No Kimchi, then there is No meal! For breakfast, lunch and dinner all year round it is on your dining table. This means that a Kimchi refrigerator is a key appliance in Korean homes. I haven’t yet seen someone who hasn’t got one in their house. Kimchi is the…

Kong-namul (soybean sprouts)

Kong means bean in Korean, Namul means edible plants. Banchan (side dishes) are a big part of the Korean home kitchen. Kong-namul is one of the most popular side dishes and also one of the classic vegetable ingredients of Bibim-bab. It seems that Koreans started to eat this around 500 years ago. Beansprouts are different…

Yakitori (Skewered Grilled Chicken)

Yakitori is a Japanese dish and a very popular Anju dish served in Korean bars. It consists of chicken, vegetables and seafood on bamboo skewers, grilled on charcoal and smothered in a sweet soy sauce. Any part of the chicken can be used (except for its head) but I’ll only use breast!.

Tteokgalbi and a King “A Burger Fit For A King”

Did you know that, around 500 years ago, the burger was the Korean Royal family’s favourite food? Beef patty (“Tteok Galbi”), was a charcoal grilled delight enjoyed by Kings and Queens. In Korea up until the late 1970’s, the table manners of the aristocratic and upper classes (“Yangban”) frowned upon tearing meat off a joint…

Kimchi Jeon (Kimchi pancake)

Kimchi is made of Chinese cabbage with a variety of different spices and is allowed to slightly ferment. The flavour of Kimchi is intensely chilli, slightly salt and the fermentation adds a tangy vinegar taste. Although it is wonderful with a bowl of rice, many Koreans enjoy using older Kimchi as an ingredient of stews,…

Bibimbap

Rice with mixed vegetables and Korean chilli paste Bibimbap is made of steamed rice, assorted “Namul” (cooked and seasoned vegetables). This dish is vegetarian heaven; they might top with a choice of fried tofu, fermented Kimchi (Chinese cabbage) or cooked and seasoned mushrooms. Even non vegetarians love this dish, they can top with seasoned beef,…

Jjin Kimchi Mandu

Kimchi dumplings with vinegar soy dipping sauce Mandu (dumplings/spring rolls) are a versatile dish so they can be filled with only vegetables or with fish or meat with vegetables. There are many diverse ways of cooking mandu such as pan fried,deep fried, steamed and added to a soup.

Mak Kimchi

(Chinese or Naba Cabbage) Kimchi is THE most popular Korean dish. It is made of fermented vegetables with a variety of different spices. As  Kimchi  gets older, fermentation creates the different levels of flavours; at the beginning for the first  2-3 days, it is salty and spicy but as time goes on, it produces a…