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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Multi-Purpose Gochujang Sauce

Gochujang

Here is one ultimate gochujang sauce that you can use in many different Korean dishes. I often make this sauce in a large amount and store in the refrigerator. It can last up to one month and even longer if well stored. I use it to top my cold noodles, on a grilled fish or chicken, dip my vegetables, and many more. That way you don't have to make the sauce every time you crave those dishes.  It saves your cooking time and less dishes to wash. How divine! ...

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How to Cook Rice on the Stove, with Fresh Beans

How to cook rice on the stove

Growing up as a young child in Korea, I often visited my maternal grandparent's house. My grandmother had a traditional Korean kitchen that uses wood burning stove. She had a huge ( I mean really huge) iron pot permanently installed on the stove. The memory is vivid. I can picture the scene of her wearing Korean traditional dress called "Hanbok"  and her hair - somewhat similar to bun donut hair - that was secured with a humble hairpin. She squatted down to keep the flame on going by adding ...

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Soy Braised Onion

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This Soy Braised Onion was one of my childhood favorite side dishes.  My mother often made it whenever she had too much onions in the kitchen. You will only need onions, soy sauce and olive oil. I added a little Korean style corn syrup and sesame seeds for extra lust and nuttiness, but you can omit them.  It is extremely simple to make and delicious to top a bowl of rice. Perfectly vegetarian and vegan worthy. ...

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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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Nabak Kimchi, the water kimchi

Nabak Kimchi

Have you ever heard kimchi called "Nabak Kimchi"? It is a watery kimchi with cabbage and radish mingled in delicious yet pungent kimchi broth. This is the kimchi that doesn't use any fish sauce or any fish product, so you can serve to your vegan friends or people with seafood allergy. It is also very mild in spiciness so even the young children who are not accustomed to the spiciness can enjoy the goodness of kimchi. The word "nabak (나박)" comes from the shape of sliced cabbage and radish. ...

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Vegan Kimchi

Vegan Kimchi

I often receive email messages from my readers regarding kimchi recipes. I have posted several cabbage kimchi recipes with different approaches. The most authentic way of making winter cabbage kimchi, spring cabbage kimchi, easy and simple method kimchi, and the fastest 30 miniute kimchi are some of them. They all use napa cabbages that we can find very easily in many stores these days. Of course there are non-cabbage kimchi recipes posted on my site as well. Kimchi is closed to a ...

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Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

고구마 맛탕 [ goguma mat-tang ] I wish..., I really really wish that my kids would eat "sweet potatoes". What's wrong with sweet potatoes that they would not like about? They love their potatoes... and sweet potatoes are like potatoes but only sweeter, right? Don't kids usually love anything sweet? My kids like their sweet corns or sweet peas. Then why not sweet potatoes? I just don't get it. ...

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