G(k)imbap

Rice and vegetables rolled in toasted seaweed Is “Gim Bap” same as Japanese sushi? The answer is No. English people tend to assume that this seaweed rice roll is a form of sushi. However sushi should contain raw fish and “Gim Bap” doesn’t. Even though Korea and Japan are very close geographically, these two countries…

Deep fried Tofu in Spicy Sweet and Tangy Sauce

Removing the excess moisture from the tofu is the key to achieving crispy fried tofu. You can use any firm tofu. I bought mine from a Korean supermarket but I also use it from Waitrose. I find Waitrose’s tofu is much firmer than most Korean ones. Place the tofu block on either a bamboo mat…

Myulchi Bokkeum

Stir fried anchovies in chilli paste You can buy dried anchovies from any Korean or oriental supermarket.  Before using in this dish you will need to remove the anchovies’ heads, bones and intestines otherwise you may find their smell to pungent and their taste too bitter. This takes some patience but is not so bad…

Tora and Chicken Open Puff Pastry Tart

The perfect party dish for your guests looks great but is very easy to prepare just before your guests arrive. This is also a treat for your children’s lunch boxes. I made these pastries 5 days ago.  I was surprised by the great taste even when cold the tart tasted as good as when it…

Cabbage and Carrot Kimchi

When I was young, I used live with my grandmother and saw my mother rarely. Whenever I visited to see my mother, she used to cook for me Cabbage Kimchi (with spicy chillies and vinegar ).Although I didn’t like it at that time, I remember that my mother used to tell me the health benefits…

Toran and Boiled Eggs Jorim

(Jerusalem artichoke and boiled eggs in soy sauce) Jerusalem Artichokes are a good substitute for Toran and I chose to use them for this simple dish. You can read more about Toran here. For the Jorim Ganjang( soy sauce)Mix together all the ingredients (water, Korean Chunju or Japanese Sake, Golden syrup, sesame oil, toasted sesame…

Mu Saengchae (Spicy Kohlrabi or Mooli Salad)

  Prepare all the ingredients and mix them together.Wear a pair of gloves and rub and stir the ingredients.That’s all! Preparation time:  Less than 10 minutes Cooking time: Less than 10 minutes Ingredients 150 g  Mooli  trimmed and sliced like very thin chipped potatoes. A shallot, trimmed finely sliced 2 cloves of garlic, grated A…

Toran Jeon (Jerusalem Artichoke pancakes)

This quick and easy, healthy pan fried Jerusalem artichoke pancake is bursting with fresh flavour. In Korea we use the vegetable called Toran but Jerusalem artichokes are a great alternative. Have you ever used Jerusalem artichokes as an ingredient?They smell like mushrooms and have the most amazingly crisp and earthy texture I have ever tasted…