Red Bean Rice Cake

Red Bean Rice Cake

I used to be fanatic about anything with red beans and I still am. I think the most Koreans love red beans in anything, as well. I love rice mixed with red beans, sweet buns filled with red beans, red bean porridge, and oh, don't let me forget to mention the famous shaved ice with red beans. Red beans are common ingredient to use in sweet dishes in many Asian countries but not as popular in the western cuisines. I hardly encountered the sweet or even savory dishes made with red beans. Dishes ...

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Puerta Madryn in Patagonia, Argentina

Whale watching, Penisula Valdés

Spring has sprung in beautiful Argentina, and my family had a fabulous trip to Puerta Madryn in the region of Patagonia last weekend. Whales and penguins in their natural habitat are things that I've always wanted to see.  I finally had chance to behold the beauty of these animals up close.  We awoke at 3am to catch a flight to Trelew,  then drove 2 hours to get to Puerta Madryn, a beautiful harbor city on the eastern part of Patagonia. Without any time to rest, we drove on to Puntu Tombo ...

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Escarole Soup with Sausage and Rice

Escarole Soup with Sausage and Rice

One of my favorite ingredients in making soup has to be escarole. I love the leafy lettuce-like texture that is so tender and sweet once cooked. I love making Escarole Soup with Sausage and Rice. It is rather quick and simple to make and comforting to enjoy in cool weather. The soup fills me up and I feel good afterward. I used Chorizo sausage but any Italian style sausage would be fine. You can easily omit the rice if you would rather keep this soup on the lighter side, or as a "make ahead" ...

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Swiss Chard with Brown Rice

Swiss Chard rice

Swiss Chard (근대, gundae) is commonly eaten vegetable in the northeastern part of Korea. I don't think I had this nutritious vegetable down in the south where I grew up. Swiss chard is easily obtainable in most parts of the world. And where I live, it is super cheap so I am so indulging Swiss chard in many dishes. I am not tired of them yet.   I love making Swiss Chard Rice (근대밥, gundae-bap) with spicy chili sauce to top it off. I like to make it total vegan version but you can always ...

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Soy Balsamic Chicken Thighs with Asparagus

Soy Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Soy sauce paired with Balsamic vinegar..., you already know how good they are together. I am a huge balsamic vinegar lover and always trying to use in many different recipes.  This Soy Balsamic Chicken Thighs with Asparagus recipe is a dish that you can easily make at home with ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen. Sweeeet~! ...

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Perilla Leaves Dumplings with Pork

Perilla Leaves Dumplings

You will provably know by now that how much I love Perilla leaves. They are fragrant Korean herb and used in many Korean dishes. I found some fresh Perilla leaves at Korean store last time I went. It has been over 2 weeks since and the leaves are still fresh and crisp, so I made a very simple dish to enjoy for a beautiful spring day in Argentina! This is Pan fried Perilla leaves filled with pork and vegetables.  It is called Kketnip Jeon (깻잎전) in Korea. I will call it "Perilla Leaves ...

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All About Korean Rice

Korean Rice

Rice means more than its purpose as a staple food in Korean Cuisine. It is a symbol of life and representation of prosperity. For thousands of years in the past, one's wealth in Korea was determined by how much of rice had been stored in one's food storage. Having four very distinct seasons with a very long cold winter and steep mountains covering 70% of its land, Korea is a difficult place to grow rice.  Those seasonal and geographical challenges and limitations, however, have made Koreans ...

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Cubed Radish Kimchi, Kkakdugi

Cubed Radish Kimchi

Who can resist the crunch, refreshing, and perfectly fermented Korean radish kimchi called "Kkakdugi"? One Korean food that I am dying to eat right now is a bowl of hot bone marrow soup (설렁탕, seolleongtang) and this kkakdugi kimchi as a side dish. I was lucky to get a bunch of Korean radish the other day and I am so~ so~ so~ excited to share this wonderful recipe with you. ...

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Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu (麻婆豆腐) is my first love in Chinese food. When I first heard of it a long time ago, I thought it was originated from Korea. Because the name "Mapo" sounded same as the name of the area in Seoul called Mapo-gu. LOL!!!  I was just an innocent girl who didn't know much about the global food at that time. Well, to clarify it..., Mapo tofu is not from Seoul. As far as I know it is from Sichuan province of China. I think there are several versions of how this delicious tofu recipe has ...

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