Korean Jelly Salad

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Have you heard of Korean "Mook (묵)"? Mook is basically jelly made with various type of starch. There are acorn mook (dotori-mook, 도토리묵), mung bean mook (chungpo-mook, 청포묵), and this olbangge mook (올방개묵) that I am using. If you've dine in Korean restaurant many times you provably have seen similar jelly side dish. A friend of mine, whom I got to know via online blogging in Korea, sent me some of her olbangge mook powder along with other Korean vegetable seeds that her mother sent to ...

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Lemon Jumbles, Lemon Ring Cookies

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Thinking of baked goods with lemon makes me salivate. The perfect balance between the tartness and sweetness in cakes and cookies is irresistible and I can never stop myself from munching more. I made some lemon cookies called lemon jumbles. These old fashioned shortbread like cookies originated from England. They are often twisted into knots before baking or made into rings, so I might call these lemon ring cookies as well? You can easily roll them into a ball shape and turn them into ...

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Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

I had a chunk of very good beef sirloin and a head of fresh farm picked broccoli in hand. What would I do with them? Beef and broccoli stir-fry, of course! This is one of the most common beef stir-fry dishes that people order at Chinese take-out. It is very easy to prepare at home with ingredients you might already have in your pantry. First, make sure the beef is thinly sliced and marinated with soy sauce, a little brown sugar, and corn starch for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cut up the ...

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BBQ Pork Ribs

BBQ Pork Ribs

I can't resist pork ribs. Especially the BBQ sauce kind. With meat that is falling-off-the-bone tender, even with the sweet and savory BBQ glaze sticking onto every finger, I can chow them down without thinking twice. I made BBQ pork ribs the other day. It was delicious so I thought I might share the sticky divine goodness with you. The recipe has two parts for prep. First, rub to season the ribs and cook at a low temperature in the oven. Then, you make the BBQ sauce from scratch, ...

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Tofu and Tomato Eggs

Tofu and Tomato Egss

I can't tell what the identity of this dish is. It is like a soup but it is not. It can be a savory custard but doesn't look like it. WTH, I will just call it tofu and tomato eggs. It surely is one of those easy-peasy comfort foods that doesn't require much time and effort. It tastes great served with rice as a simple meal. I enjoyed it when my heart was down and low. I hope you enjoy it, too.   I smashed the soft tofu. Saute onion and garlic in a little oil until soft. ...

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Soybean Paste Glazed Salmon

Soybean Paste Glazed Salmon

I like to cook salmon. It is delicious, nutritious, and easy to handle compared to other fish. Here is one Korean-inspired recipe for salmon that is ridiculously easy and fast to prepare. I will call it soybean paste glazed salmon (된장소스 연어구이). Korean soybean paste is not just for Korean soups and stews. It is quite versatile and can be mixed with other kitchen staples to bring an exotic flavor to an ordinary dish, making it extraordinary. That's my kind of kitchen adventure. Mix ...

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No Knead Bran Bread

No Knead Bran Bread

I enjoy baking breads, all kinds of breads. As much as I love eating freshly cooked rice, I believe freshly baked bread right out of the oven is equally delicious. Kneading the bread dough with my elbow grease is one minor hesitation that I face, but I can use my mixer to do the job. However, ever since I learned about the no knead techniques to make crusty bread a few years ago, I am all for no knead breads now. The No Knead Bread syndrome has influenced many home bakers to bake gorgeous ...

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Spicy Tofu and Eggs

Spicy Tofu and Egg

I don't watch TV that often, but I often overhear conversations about particular foods seen on TV. As a foodie, I always have to find out what it is and if I would like it. This recipe, spicy tofu and eggs, 매운 두부달걀찜(maewoon dubu dalgyal jjim), was one recipe that I heard is really good. It is simply braised tofu with egg in a spicy sauce. I made braised tofu with radish a couple of years ago and it is one of my favorite ways of enjoying tofu. This would be another version with a similar ...

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Rice Cake Skewers, Tteok Kkochi (떡꼬치)

Rice Cake Skewers

Living in the southern hemisphere, the continent furthest from Korea, I'm constantly missing Korean food that I can't find here, especially the food from street vendors. If you live in Korea or are visiting Korea for business or vacation, please enjoy the great goodies that you can easily find on any major shopping streets. Do it for me! Around this time you will find many sweet pancakes, roasted sweet potatoes and chestnuts, and different types of rice cakes and fish cake soups. These are ...

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