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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Spicy Korean Sea Snail Salad

Spicy Korean Snail Salad

I have a feeling that today's recipe will be either LOVE it or HATE it type. It is all about the snails, the edible kinds. Yikes!!! Actually the word "snail" for this dish is not the right translation. The sea snails I used for this recipe in Korean is called "골뱅이, golbangyi".  The snail in Korean is "달팽이, dalpangyi". I couldn't find the right English word for golbangyi, and the next close thing is the snail. So I will call this recipe the Spicy Korean Sea Snail Salad, 골뱅이 무침 (golbangyi ...

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30 Minute Kimchi

30 Minute Kimchi

Do you think it is possible to make a batch of cabbage kimchi within 30 minutes from start to finish? Around this time of the year, I often have a craving of freshly made kimchi. After the winter season of having many dishes made with deeply fermented kimchi, I feel like it is about the time to embrace the spring cabbage and make a batch of fresh kimchi. Yes, it is possible to make kimchi within 30 minutes all from scratch. I will call it 30 Minute Kimchi. ...

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Jjajangmyun, the Korean-Chinese noodles with black bean paste

Jjajangmyun--W3

Before the McDonald landed in Korea, or Pizza Hut invaded with Bulgogi pizza to change the taste buds of Korean children from kimchi pancakes to pizza, there was a noodle dish called "Jjajangmyun". Jjajangmyun used to be the all time Korean kid's favorite food. At least to me, it was. The dish was known as the special treat to the children when they had done something really good; like getting an A in their school report or finishing their piano lesson to a certain level. It is a nostalgic ...

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Nude Dumplings, the gluten free pork and cabbage dumplings

Nude dumplings

I promise this will be G rated post. These are called Nude Dumplings.  They are nude because they are not wearing the wonton wrappers like the traditional dumplings would.  For being a very modest cook, I thought of covering them with fig leaves (joking!), but I decided to go with a different material instead.  There is a thin shear layer covering them to hold their shape, which makes these guys almost see through look. ...

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Dak Galbi, spicy chicken and rice cakes of Chuncheon

spicy Korean chicken-galbi

There are two things in life that are almost impossible to bring back to their original status. One; the soggy noodles in the soup Two; a boyfriend who left you for another girl. Some food brings memories. My friend got really mad at me when I told her this Philosophy of physical changes in life. She was mad at me because...., I compared her romance to the noodles. ...

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Easy Cabbage Kimchi

Every once in a while I have this strong urge to make kimchi.., it must be the Korean blood in me! So I made a simple cabbage kimchi called "mak-kimchi". I have posted 3 episodes of how to make the authentic Cabbage Kimchi about a year ago. Although the method of that type of kimchi in those posts will yield truly amazingly tasting kimchi, it is quite time and labor demanding work. ...

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Cabbage Pancakes

Tongyoung, Korea

  Hello there!!!! Have I gone too long? I am so sorry that it took so long to be back, but boy! what a summer I had... First of all, I traveled to Korea to visit my hometown. Then, my family had to cross the pacific ocean again to relocate onto a tropical land in SE Asia. Where? well, I will let you know in my next post. It always takes some time to settle into a new place no matter where you go. I finally was able to put my family onto a routine so that I can come back to ...

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