Chungmu Kimbap

This dish is another quick way of making kimbap.  There is no need for any fillings unlike kimbap. You just need  seasoned  rice with sesame oil and a pinch of salt rolled or sandwiched in seaweed. This dish is a famous local speciality in Tongyoung, a coastal city in South Korea that previously was called…

Godeungeo Gui

Pan-fried Mackerel in spicy say glaze Slice all the vegetables before start to cook the fish. Place the mackerel on some flour with the exposed white side downwards and the skin upwards.  Don’t use flour on the skin since it will char during cooking.Before putting the mackerel in the frying pan, shake off any excess…

Ojingeo Muchim (Spicy squid in vinegar)

This is a typical Korean Anju that we often order from Korean traditional restaurants when we drink.  Also this dish is often served in the best Japanese traditional restaurants in Korea. So this is one of my favourite dishes when I go drinking.In preparing this dish fresh vegetables are seasoned with persimmon vinegar, lemon and…

Eating and Drinking Manners with Elderly Koreans

Korean Confucianism puts a premium on respect for the elderly and for extended family ties. These days in Korea, societal pressures have torn apart the traditional concept of the extended family. However I was lucky to be able to learn table manners from my large family especially from my grandmother. Age is still important and…

Korean Fried Chicken

Try this dish; this is much healthier than KFC! Breadcrumbs are important is creating the texture for fried chicken and for me, the Korean style breadcrumbs are the best. So how are Korean breadcrumbs different to the English variety? In Korea, we use the Japanese style of breadcrumbs “Pang Garu”  called in Japanese “Panko” which…

Gamja Jorim (Glazed potatoes in soy sauce)

There are a lot of ways to cook potatoes; mashed, boiled, stuffed, baked, fried, roasted, grilled and salad. Here I want to add glazed potatoes in soy sauce to the list!Potatoes and onions are common combination in Korean vegetable dishes. This dish is so simple to prepare and needs few ingredients.“Gamja Jorim” will not only fill…

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…

Tofu and Prisoners

The Story of Prison and Tofu Did you know that when prisoners are released from a jail in South Korea, they are always given fresh tofu to eat at the prison gates by their families? I found the reason for this is the blog of a Korean Prisoner Officer. When Korea was ruled as an…

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…