Beef and Cucumber Stir-Fry

Beef and Cucumber Stir-fry

You might think it is weird to stir-fry cucumbers but the stir-fried cucumbers are quite tasty and still remains its crunch texture. I made a simple beef and cucumber stir-fry the other day. I seasoned the thin beef slices with Korean flavored sauce, then stir-fried with cucumbers and some red chillies. In order to maintain the crunch texture of cucumber, toss with salt for a few minutes before you add to the stir-frying. That will extract some moisture out of cucumbers and help retain its ...

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Cabbage with Soybean Paste

Cabbage with Soybean Paste

Korean soybean Paste (된장, doenjang) goes really well with cabbage or other type of leafy vegetables. The salty pungent flavor of fermented soybean is not for everyone, but once you are used to the flavor it quickly becomes your comfort flavor and you will crave for it. Koreans use this paste for not just in soups and stews, we use it in many salad type dishes as well. Fermented soybean offers a lot of health benefits. If you like Korean food, I hope you try using doenjang more often in ...

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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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Hearts of Palm Dip

Hearts of Palm Dip

Creamy, cheesy, and rich flavored dip to serve with French baguette slices... that's my kind of finger food for parties. Here is one recipe I would like to present - Hearts of palm dip!!! If you like artichoke dip, you'll like this one. You can get heart of palm in a can in many grocery stores these days and you can whip up some warm delicious dip with other ingredients you already have in your refrigerator within a few minutes before you put it into oven. Chop the hearts of palm ...

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Seaweed Salad with Radish

Seaweed Radish Salad

No, this is not a Christmas tree!!! But I love how it mimics the 'winter wonderland' feeling. This is a simple Korean style seaweed salad with radish (파래 무 무침, parae moo muchim). There are several different types of seaweed in Korea. I think most people know of the dried form of seaweed which you can easily find in many Asian stores. However, during the wintertime you might be able to find fresh kind, if you are lucky. This particular seaweed is like threads, quite thin. In fact, the ...

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Steak and Spinach Bibimbap

Steak and Spinach Bibimbap

It seems that I tend to eat (or feed) steak quite often these days. Can't deny that I currently live in a beef loving country. I had some leftover beef lomo cut (beef tenderloin) and decide to use it up on a Korean flavored meal. By the way, I love the sound of the Spanish word "lomo". I am one of the lomo lovers. Anyway, I am not sure if I can call this a recipe, but you might like what I did.  My kids and I devoured the entire skillet of this lovely bibimbap within 5 ...

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Radish Pancakes

Radish Pancakes

I found a piece of Korean radish in the back of vegetables tray of my refrigerator. I don't even remember how long it has been sitting there. I always love the surprises I find when it's time to clean up the refrigerator. It still looked decent although it didn't have all its fresh glory. I thought of making Korean Mackerel stew with radish but soon realized that I didn't have any mackerel, not even a can. So that left me thinking of what I could do with this half century old "Radishbob ...

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Watercress Tofu Salad

Watercress Tofu Salad

My mother is a devoted Buddhist. As a kid I occasionally accompanied her to one of the Buddhist temples she often visited. I saw her vowing hundreds of times down to the floor in front of Buddha statue asking for mercy and compassion. She had many wishes to pray to Buddha and all of her wishes were for her children. One of the fond memories of visiting a Buddhist temple is the FOOD. Like other millions of kids around the world, I wasn't a vegetable lover as a child. (Were you?) However, it ...

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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 ...

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