Have you ever heard kimchi called “Nabak Kimchi“? It is a watery kimchi with cabbage and radish mingled in delicious yet pungent kimchi broth.
This is the kimchi that doesn’t use any fish sauce or any fish product, so you can serve to your vegan friends or people with seafood allergy. It is also very mild in spiciness so even the young children who are not accustomed to the spiciness can enjoy the goodness of kimchi.
The word “nabak (나박)” comes from the shape of sliced cabbage and radish. Koreans call the technique of slicing vegetables to a thin squarish shape “nabak-nabak”. Don’t you just love the way it sounds? nabak-nabak?
A few days ago, I was browsing through my blog postings just to see what I have been making for the past 3 years, I realized that I never posted Galbi, the Korean BBQ Ribs, recipes.
You can’t talk about Korean food without mentioning the famous Korean BBQ ribs (galbi, 갈비), right? So, how could I forget posting one? Oh, clumsy Holly!
There are two types of galbi. One is the traditional style that chunk of rib meat is attached to the bone, then butterflied to lengthen, and marinated with the sauce. The other kind is the famous LA galbi, which the rib is cut across the bone thinly. This American style cut is originated by Korean immigrants who lived in Los Angeles. Although there is another theory that the word, LA, might be the shortened word of lateral cut, most people believe that it means Los Angeles.
We had quite a bit of snow this past few days.
Schools were closed and kids were home. Even my husband was home due to the bad weather. When the weather goes bad, and eating out is not an option, I need to come-up with something to feed hungry people in my family. They could easily fix their own ham and cheese sandwich, but returning home with frozen body after playing hard in the snow outside, I feel like I better feed them something more soothing and satisfying. What a thoughtful mother and wife I am? Ha ha ha!
There is one special treat that my family is always looking forward to whenever we visit Korea. It is the “Hotteok“, the sweet Korean pancakes that you can find on any famous streets of Seoul or elsewhere in Korea.
These lovely sweet treats are to-die-for, especially in wintertime. With crisp-chewy dough on the outside and sizzling hot sugary syrup inside, you just have to be very careful not to burn your tongue. Even if you did, that is a small price to pay to indulge in such a heavenly taste.