Your Fast and Easy Guide to Making Korean Soup

When I haven’t planned for a meal or don’t know what to make, I know I can always quickly make a few bowls of delicious Korean soup. All you need are some basic ingredients and then follow this guide. It should be noted that I am not Korean. I am from Ohio, yet I’ve had two different women […]

Kimchi Spam Soup

Ready for a super easy Korean soup recipe. Here it is. Heat water. Add chopped kimchi. Add sliced or cubed SPAM. Serve when warm. I heated mine for 10 minutes. You can also throw in any cooked rice if you like. Super easy, super fast and tasty. I didn’t measure anything. Old kimchi would be […]

Commercial Gluten Free Gochujang is Now Available!

UPDATE (September 7, 2014): This product is wheat-free, not necessarily gluten free.  Good news for my fellow gluten free peeps that wish to cook more Korean dishes at home. You no longer need to make your own gluten-free gochujang (Korean chili pepper paste). There now exists at least one option that does not have added wheat. […]

Korean Bulgogi Tacos with Cortido Sauerkraut

Call this super fusion. Korea meets Mexico meets El Salvador. I took the recipe I posted for Gluten Free Korean Bulgogi Tacos and made one change. Instead of topping with kimchi, I used my Cortido Sauerkraut. It was even better. Beef bulgogi tacos with cilantro, Sriracha and Cortido sauerkraut.

Gluten Free Korean Bulgogi Tacos

I was reading the book The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation, which had the history of Korean tacos in the Los Angeles area. My mind started to wander. I didn’t care about the economic lesson. I just wanted to eat those tacos. So I put the book down and drove to the nearest Korean […]

Korean Yellow Croaker Soup

One of the most impressive sections of Korean grocery stores is the seafood section. Lots of care and attention is placed on the seafood options. Up until recently, I hadn’t purchased any fish and instead focused on the beef and pork dishes. Last week I bought some salted yellow croakers. I had no idea what […]

The Kimchi Chronicles is an Excellent Cookbook

I read a lot of cookbooks. For the past four years, I have checked out numerous cookbooks from the library. Most have some merit, but rarely are there any that really stand out as excellent. The Kimchi Chronicles is one of the best. The Kimchi Chronicles: Korean Cooking for an American Kitchen by Marja Vongerichten What makes an […]

Octopus Take 2

Back in August I had my first attempt cooking octopus. The result was a little on the chewy side. I followed this advice for the first few octopus and 3 minutes was too much. Way too chewy. The remaining ones took about half that time. The chewiness was far less, but still not absent. Even though […]

Making Gluten Free Korean Chili Paste (Gochujang)

Recently I started teaching myself Korean cooking and I noticed that one of the core ingredients – Gochujnag – has gluten in it. Gochujang is the Korean chili paste used in several dishes including Bibimbop. I went to many different Asian markets, including the Korean H Mart, and read the labels of every brand. Every […]

Anchovy Kelp Stock

Making beef stock is something I’ve been doing regularly for a few years now. As wonderful as that magic elixir is, I have been meaning to make a fish based stock for a long time. My motivation came recently when I started teaching myself Korean cooking. One of the base stocks for Korean recipes is […]