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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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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