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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Beef and Bean Sprout Soup


As I am getting older, winter becomes less and less favorable to me. I must be forgetting one of my childhood wishes. As a child, I always prayed for a cold winter - so cold that it would snow and I could build a snow man. (I grow up in the southern part of Korea where it snowed provably once every 10 years. There were occasional snows but more like a flurry kind) I think I was 10 years old. I woke up one morning and, for the first time in my life, I saw the whole world in front of my eyes ...

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Yukgaejang, the spicy Korean beef stew


On August 19, 1910... Soonjong, the last king of Lee dynasty of Chosun (the country prior to the republic of Korea), was forced to give up his sovereign power to Japanese. Korea was colonized to Japan. (Koreans remember that day as the most humiliating day in Korean history of 5,000 years) He was the last emperor of Chosun and, as with last emperors of other nations, he spent the next 10 years of his life lonely in the royal palace with the grief and disgrace. ...

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Savory Mung Bean Pancakes, Bindaetteok

Mung Bean Pancakes

    I am very excited to present a special recipe today. A while ago I was contacted by "Kimchi Chronicles", the sentational PBS series on Korean food. Marja Vongerichten, the wife of famous chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, shared true beauties of not only many Korean delicacies but the cultures that follows. I have been a big fan of the show and enjoyed many episodes. It is my honor to be as their first guest blogger to present a post. ...

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Japchae Salad, modern twist with Korean chili vinaigrette

Japchae Salad

  I still remember the nervousness I felt when I posted my first recipe. It was the Japchae, the famous Korean noodles. Miraculously people have been finding my blog ever since, in search of good Korean food recipe, and my original attempt of making this blog into personal recipe collection for my children has come this far. Thanks to all of you for the support and the encouragement. I love Japcahe but making it can be quite daunting with all the work involved in each ...

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Bean Sprout Beef Rice Bowl, a humble guest

bean sprout rice-FGN

I am so happy to announce that I was a guest blogger to the famous Asian food blog, "Rasa Malaysia". A sweet girl named Bee, who recently became a proud mother of cute baby boy, is the author of that blog and I was thrilled to be invited. Her blog is awesome. The recipe I shared was this fabulous yet humble food called Bean Sprout Beef Rice Bowl. You will find the recipe and instructions on her site at; http://rasamalaysia.com/bean-sprout-beef-rice-bowl/?pid=3122#image-7664 Thanks, Bee. I ...

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Bean sprout Kimchee, Haven’t you heard of it yet?


   Okay, I assume everyone who enjoys Korean food should have tried Kimchee, right? It was either cabbage or radish Kimchee, correct? Maybe some of you(the lucky ones) might have tried cucumber version? Well, have you ever heard of Bean sprout Kimchee? Perhaps you haven't!... I am not talking about the bean sprout side dish, the Banchan. FYI, there are over 200 different types of Kimchee in Korea. We, Koreans, turn pretty much anything that sprouts on the ground into ...

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Bean sprout salad, simple & easy


 Bean sprout (콩나물, kong-na-mul) is perhaps the most common side dish you see at Korean restaurant or any Korean home dinner table. They are cheap, healthy, and very easy to prepare. This dish can go with any meal. Don't limit on just Korean dinner only. Bring on Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese or Ethiopian. These skinny yellow guys are sure to please you. They are full of Vitamin A and C plus protein. What vegetable can you get a good amount of Protein? I can't think of any right now. So ...

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