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,…

Gamja and Goguma Jeon

Potato and sweet potato pancake Too easy! Too simple! Two familiar ingredients! In Korea, we have so many different types of “Jeon” (pancakes). Potatoes and sweet potatoes are normally to be found in a Korean larder so this dish is a great snack for hungry children. It was traditionally very popular with farmers who often…

Dak galibi (Spicy Grilled Chicken)

Try this top-rated chicken recipe. “Dak galibi” (Spicy Grilled Chicken) is one of the number one dishes and restaurants specialising in only this dish are franchised throughout Korea. Dak galibi was originally a local specialty in the city of Chunceon, near the capital Seoul. This city holds a major food festival each year called “Chunchon…

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…

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…