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 always ...

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Beef with Ginger and Green Onion

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. ...

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Spicy Bean Sprout Salad

Spicy Bean Sprout

Bean Sprouts...! 콩나물, kongnamul! The most consumed vegetable next to the cabbage in Korea would be the bean sprouts. We often call it 국민반찬 (gookmin banchan), which translates into "The national side dish of People's Republic of Korea".  Koreans eat bean sprouts A LOT. They are cheap, nutritious, and also very delicious to the taste. What's there not to love about? You can do many things with bean sprouts and here is a very simple Spicy Bean Sprout Salad that you always see in many Korean ...

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Rice Cakes with Roasted Mini Peppers and Tomatoes, and It’s Gluten Free!

Rice Cakes with Roasted Peppers and Tomatoes

Rice cakes are so versatile and there are so many things you can create with. They are gluten free, fat free, and somewhat flavor free, so that you can mingle them with many flavors and satisfy serious carb cravings. When I saw bags of mini sweet peppers on sale at the store, I was instantly inspired to create something with rice cakes. I made Rice Cakes with Roasted Mini Peppers and Tomatoes. You can certainly use regular bell peppers instead if that's what you have. ...

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Blueberry Tart

Blueberry Tart

Ahhh...., blueberries! One of the most powerful anti-oxidant food that can keep our life young and beautiful... There are so many things you can do with these little tiny jewels. Out of all the choices I can make, I chose to make a Blueberry Tart with them, but not in the traditional tart form. I used store-bought frozen pastries and it was a great success. I found this recipe in Real Simple Recipes and adapted a little. It turned out beautifully. This blueberry tart makes a very light ...

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Easy Rice Cake Soup, Miryang style Tteok-gook

Easy Rice Cake Soup

If you are a Korean or familiar with Korean culture, you will know that Koreans enjoy rice cake soup for a New Year's day.  The whiteness of rice cakes symbolizes the bright new beginning and the elongated log-like shape of the cake (tteok garae-떡가래) represents the upcoming prosperity of the New Year. Having a bowl of rice cake soup also means you are gaining one more year of wisdom and the life experience. ...

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Curry Kimchi Pancakes

Curry Kimchi Pancakes

카레 김치전 [ karae kimchi jeon ] If you are a kimchi fan, I am sure you have tried kimchi pancakes already. The recipe itself is pretty much no brainier kind. It is simple delicious savory pancakes to enjoy as an appetizer or snack. You can find many recipes floating in online and they are all pretty similar; Kimchi + pancake mix or flour mixed in water. ...

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Tofu and Egg Pudding

Tofu and Egg Pudding

연두부 달걀찜 [  yeondubu dalgyal jjim ] Haven't had enough tofu in your life? Here is another soft tofu recipe that you might like. I mixed with eggs and pour some chicken stock and turn them into savory custard-like pudding dish that you can serve warm. This Tofu and Egg Pudding is a protein packed winter comfort food, and the good news? You can make this in your microwave. ...

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