Korean Jelly Salad

gelatin powder

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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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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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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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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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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Swiss Chard Fritters

Swiss Chard Fritters

I do cook with Swiss chard often; Swiss chard soup or Swiss chard with brown rice are some of the dishes that I make on the regular basis. Here is another recipe that I made that turned out great. It is Swiss chard fritters with Parmesan cheese.  Very simple to make and enjoyable to munch as snack, these fritters will be the perfect finger food or side dish for everyone. Even the little people who hasn't developed the taste bud for the goodness of greens would like them. Mine ...

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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 always ...

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