Beyond Kimchee Beyond Kimchee is a recipe blog with Korean recipes, Asian recipes, and favorite international recipes Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:00:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Korean Jelly Salad Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:08:29 +0000 Korean Jelly Salad

Have you heard of Korean "Mook (묵)"?

Mook is basically jelly made with various type of starch. There are acorn mook (dotori-mook, 도토리묵), green bean mook (chungpo-mook, 청포묵), and this olbangge mook (올방개묵) that I am using.

A friend of mine, whom I got to know via online blogging in Korea, sent me some of her olbangge mook powder that her mother sent to her from Korea along with other Korean vegetable seeds. How sweet of her to show a such kindness! So I made this wonderful mook salad and enjoyed every bit of it.

Olbangge is a plant that grows around the pond near the most rice fields in Korea. If you can't find this jelly/gelatin powder, you can substitute green bean starch which is available in most Korean grocery store. They are quite similar in taste and texture except that green bean jelly will be more milky white color.


Here are the gelatin powders. The one on the left is green bean starch, and the right is the olbangge starch.

Korean Jelly Salad

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Simply Korean eCookbook Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:28:41 +0000 ">Simply Korean

Ever since I started Beyond Kimchee, I have received many email messages asking when I would publish a cookbook. I have been longing to do so for the past two years but it was not easy to complete due to my busy life. Now I am proud to announce the completion of first cookbook in digital form. Yeah!!!

When it comes to cooking Korean food, choosing which dishes to start with can be overwhelming--savory Korean pancakes, meat and poultry dishes, numerous soups and stews, the incredible side dishes, and of course, kimchi. There are too many to choose from!

I titled this book Simply Korean.  With over 100 pages, this book contains 36 of the most requested and popular Korean recipes that are showcased on my blog, from appetizers to desserts. I also included some basic Korean pantry items that people need to stock up on if they want to achieve that true Korean flavor.

Below are some snapshots that provide a sneak peek into this new "eCookbook."

Simply Korean

Simply Korean eCookbook

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Lemon Jumbles, Lemon Ring Cookies Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:03:24 +0000 ">Lemon Ring Cookies

Thinking of baked goods with lemon makes me to salivate. The right balance between the tartness and sweetness in cakes and cookies are irresistible and can't stop me from munching more.

I made some lemon cookies called lemon jumbles. These old fashioned shortbread like cookies originated from England. They are often twisted into knots before baking or made into rings, so I might call these lemon ring cookies as well?

You can easily rolled them into ball shape and turn into round cookies, if you are not into shaping them.  But for me it was worth spending extra 15 minutes to shape them into rings. It was fun and the outcome is great to present.

Lemon Ring Cookies, Lemon Jumbles

They are delicious cookies and I don't think you can restrain yourself eating just one piece. I couldn't.

Lemon Jumbles, Lemon Ring Cookies

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Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:39:13 +0000 Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

I had a chunk of very good cut of beef sirloin and a head of farm picked fresh 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 ingredient you might already have in your pantry.

The beef is thinly sliced and marinated with soy sauce,  a little brown sugar, and corn starch for 15 minutes. Meanwhile cut up the broccoli and onion. Prepare the sauce in a separate bowl with soy sauce, oyster sauce, chicken stock, garlic, ginger, sugar, and corn starch. Stir-fry all together and your dinner is ready to serve. A delicious and healthy Asian dinner less than 30 minutes! How about that?


Now I think I just gave you a full instruction on how to make the dish and I feel like this posting should end right here!

Just kidding!

Here is the recipe tutorial in case you need.


Slice the beef thinly against the grain. Use a tender cut of beef, such as sirloin, rib-eye, or strip-loin steak cuts.

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

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BBQ Pork Ribs Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:14:46 +0000 BBQ Pork Ribs

I can't resist pork ribs. Especially the BBQ sauced kind. With meat falling-off-the-bone tender, even if the sweet and savory BBQ glaze sticking onto the every finger I own, I can chow them down without thinking twice.

I made BBQ pork ribs the other day. It was delicious so I thought I want to share the sticky divine goodness with you.

BBQ Pork Ribs

The recipe has two parts prep. First, with rub to season the ribs and cooked in low temperature in oven. Then, second, you make the BBQ sauce from scratch, which is not so much of work at all, and slobber onto the ribs as you finish cooking them in a BBQ grill.

It might sound complicated but it is not, and you will get the tender juicy succulent pork ribs ready for your hands lay down on. You better get some wet tissues, though.

BBQ Pork Ribs

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Tofu and Tomato Eggs Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:34:16 +0000 Tofu and Tomato Egss

I can't tell the identity of this dish. It is like a soup but it is not. It can be a savory custard but doesn't look like it.

WTH, I will just call it tofu and tomato eggs. It surely is one of the easy-peasy comfort food that doesn't require much time and effort. It tastes great to serve with rice as a simple meal. I enjoyed it when my heart was down and low. I hope you enjoy it, too.



I smashed the soft tofu.


Saute onion and garlic in a little oil until soft.

Tofu and Tomato Eggs

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Soybean Paste Glazed Salmon Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:17:57 +0000 Soybean Paste Glazed Salmon

I like to cook salmon. It is delicious, nutritious, and easy to handle comparing to other fish.

Here is one Korean inspired recipe of salmon that is ridiculously easy and fast to prepare. Korean soybean paste is not just for Korean soups and stews. It is quite versatile to mix with other kitchen staples and brings an exotic flavor to the ordinary dish to turn into extra-ordinary. That's my kind of kitchen adventure.


Mix soybean paste with mayonnaise, garlic, honey, parsley. If you like a little heat, add a few dashes of hot sauce.


Place salmon on a greased baking pan and spread the sauce all over on top.

Soybean Paste Glazed Salmon

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No Knead Bran Bread Fri, 13 Feb 2015 23:15:58 +0000 No Knead Bran Bread

I enjoy baking breads, all kinds of breads. As much as I love eating freshly cooked rice, freshly baked bread right out of the oven comes to the second that I crave occasionally. 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 the crusty breads 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 artisan breads at home for many years. You can't mess it up as long as you follow the instructions carefully. The entire time of your handwork spent in the process is provably 5 minutes the most, and the rest is the waiting for the nature to do its job. With only flour, yeast, water, and the salt..., you got a delicious loaf of bread that looks just like the one you see at the bakery. It makes me feel so accomplished!

No Knead Bran Bread

Although I love no knead white bread, I also wanted to add some healthy grain to feed my family. Here is No Knead Bran Bread!

I use the wheat bran but oat bran would be nice as well. Bran is full of fiber, mineral, and vitamins, it makes hearty wholesome bread that makes you feel good and satisfied. Eat plain as is with slob of butter or use this bread to make sandwiches. So good!


Bran Bread

Combine flour, bran, salt, and yeast. I use instant yeast.

No Knead Bran Bread

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Spicy Tofu and Eggs Wed, 04 Feb 2015 22:33:39 +0000 Spicy Tofu and Eggs

I don't watch TV that often, but I often overhear from someone about a particular food that they watched on TV. As a foodie, I always have to find out what it is and if I would like it.

This recipe, spicy tofu and egg, 매운 두부달걀찜(maewoon dubu dalgyal jjim), was one recipe that I heard that it is really good. It is simply a braised tofu with egg in a spicy sauce. I made braised tofu with radish a couple of years ago which is one of my favorite way of enjoying tofu. This would be another version in similar flavor but with eggs.

It is simple and wonderful to top up the rice as a rice bowl. Quick and simple, this would be perfect for the weeknight meat-free Korean food theme, if you can handle the spiciness.


Slice the tofu into about 3/8 inch thickness.


Sprinkle with some salt on top, and set aside for a few minutes.

Spicy Tofu and Eggs

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Rice Cake Skewers, Tteok Kkochi (떡꼬치) Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:51:30 +0000 Rice Cake Skewers

Living in a southern hemisphere which is the furthest continent to reach from Korea, I constantly miss Korean food that I can't find here, especially the food from the street vendors.

If you live in Korea or visiting Korea for business or vacation, please enjoy the great goodies for me that you can easily find any major shopping streets.

Around this time you will find many sweet pancakes, roasted sweet potatoes and chess nuts, and different types of rice cakes and fish cake soups, etc... Just thinking of all the goodness makes me drool. Slurp....! "Holly! Pull yourself together!!!"

So I bugged my husband to drive me to a Korean grocery store last weekend, which is about 1 hr away from where I live. I could drive, of course. But it is impossible to find the parking space in that neighborhood, so he has to drop me off in front of the store where I can quickly grab a few things I need while he drives around the area until I finish the shopping. The Korean stores are quite small and I can finish the shopping within 15 minutes.

Rice Cake Skewers

One great thing about Korean grocery stores in Buenos Aires is that you can often get freshly made tofu and rice cakes along with fresh produces.

I love plain rice cakes. I often eat them plain, right out of package without any additional flavor. Chewy and satisfying! It is a carb lover's dream. But if I have to add something to make it even more delicious, here is one simple recipe that I would like to share. With this recipe, you can mimic one of the most famous Korean street foods. It's the rice cake skewers called Tteok kkochi (떡꼬치).

If you can access the freshly made rice cakes, you are very lucky. If you can't find the fresh kind, but the frozen cakes are available, use them by all means. Now let's start how easily you can imitate the one of the delicious Korean street snacks in you own kitchen.


These are the main ingredients for the sauce. Ketchup, Korean chili paste, strawberry jam and/or sweet chili sauce. You can use either strawberry jam or sweet chili sauce, or if you happened to have both? Use them both.

Rice Cake Skewers, Tteok Kkochi (떡꼬치)

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