Seafood Green Onion PancakesThe month of July in Korea is known for the rainy season. The monsoon climate dwells in the entire Korean peninsular. It is wet, humid, and somewhat unpleasant. I remember my mother often heat up the floor (We had one of those traditional Korean floors that heats up) in the month of July just to cut off the humidity.

Koreans enjoy greasy savory pancakes when the weather is rainy. It must be something in our body that craves greasy-fatty food when the weather goes under the radar. One of the most popular savory pancakes has to be the Seafood Green Onion Pancakes ( 해물파전, Haemul Pajeon). I have posted similar versions of Seafood Pancakes and Green Onion Pancakes

Today I will share another version that is famous. It came from Donglae(동래) area in Pusan(부산) where the pancake is popular among the locals and tourists.

Continue reading…


How to Cook Rice on the Stove, with Fresh Beans

by Beyond Kimchee on July 23, 2014 · 7 comments

How to cook rice on the stoveGrowing up as a young child in Korea, I often visited my maternal grandparent’s house. My grandmother had a traditional Korean kitchen that uses wood burning stove. She had a huge ( I mean really huge) iron pot permanently installed on the stove.

The memory is vivid. I can picture the scene of her wearing Korean traditional dress called “Hanbok”  and her hair – somewhat similar to bun donut hair – that was secured with a humble hairpin. She squatted down to keep the flame on going by adding more wood to the stove. As a child I squatted down next to her and watched her how she control the flame to cook perfect rice.

Continue reading…


Beef with Ginger and Green Onion

by Beyond Kimchee on July 15, 2014 · 17 comments

Beef with Ginger and Green Onion

Beef is good! I can’t deny it.

When the beef is juicy and tender, that makes your relationship with beef “Hot”.  And when you can prepare the dish with beef very quickly without much fuss, your relationship becomes even sexy~!

So here is one Asian recipe – “Beef with Ginger and Green onion” – that you can make with a blink of an eye, if I can exaggerate. It is *quick and easy, full of flavor, and good for you* kind of Asian food that you can easily make at home.

Continue reading…


Pickled Cucumber Salad

July 11, 2014

Summer in Korea is quite hot and humid. People often complain that they lost their appetite and looking for something that spikes up their lost appetite.

Cool, crunch, and slightly spicy and sweet, this pickled cucumber salad can stimulate the lost appetite in the hot summer. This is a very common summer side dish in any Korean table and it is very simple to make.

10 comments Read the full article →

Gochujang Sloppy Joes

July 6, 2014

Sloppy Joes is perhaps one of the well known American classic dish.

I understand the term “sloppy” in the title. This is a kind of the dish that can be prepared quick and easy, and it can be a little messy when you eat with hands. However why does it have a name of “Joe”? Why not Bob or David? Just simply curious!

Anyway, I wanted to give a little twist by adding a Korean flavor on this all American classic sandwich Yes, this is Gochujang Sloppy Joes! Gochujang will add a very gentle spicy kick and you will love how it binds all the flavor so nicely.

14 comments Read the full article →

Hello from Buenos Aires

July 2, 2014

Ola, Buen día! ¿Cómo estás?.

Yes, I need to speak Spanish badly – seriously, desperately for my survival. I am in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I moved to Buenos Aires about 3 weeks ago and I feel like a lost soul ever since.

Without being able to speak much Spanish, my life in Buenos Aires is not as easy as I hoped for so far. Things are quite different than I used to, but I believe it will get better as time goes on.

La Boca

32 comments Read the full article →

Cheesy Rice Balls

May 29, 2014

It seems like I always have a ton of leftover rice. Duh!

So here I am throwing a simple yet very tasty snack, appetizer, or finger food that you can make easily with leftover rice. You have to use short grain rice, though. You will need the stickiness from the short grain.

19 comments Read the full article →

Orange French Toast

May 23, 2014

Orange French Toast

I am not a morning person to be honest. And the breakfast in my house has to be the simplest kind possible, otherwise it will be my family’s DIY (do it yourself).

However, on occasional weekends when I get ‘the breakfast feel’ running in my body, I can cook some mean breakfast. And this Orange French Toast is one of my family favorites.

13 comments Read the full article →

Soy Braised Onion

May 18, 2014

This Soy Braised Onion was one of my childhood favorite side dishes. My mother often made it whenever she had too much onions in the kitchen.

You will only need onions, soy sauce and olive oil. I added a little Korean style corn syrup and sesame seeds for extra lust and nuttiness, but you can omit them. It is extremely simple to make and delicious to top a bowl of rice. Perfectly vegetarian and vegan worthy.


9 comments Read the full article →