Seafood Green Onion Pancakes (해물파전, Hamul Pajeon), and Korea Style Book Giveaway

Seafood Green Onion Pancakes

The month of July in Korea is known for the rainy season. The monsoon climate dwells in the entire Korean peninsular. It is wet, humid, and somewhat unpleasant. I remember my mother often heat up the floor (We had one of those traditional Korean floors that heats up) in the month of July just to cut off the humidity. Koreans enjoy greasy savory pancakes when the weather is rainy. It must be something in our body that craves greasy-fatty food when the weather goes under the radar. One of the ...

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Beef with Ginger and Green Onion

Beef with Ginger and Green Onion

Beef is good! I can't deny it. When the beef is juicy and tender, that makes your relationship with beef "Hot".  And when you can prepare the dish with beef very quickly without much fuss, your relationship becomes even sexy~! So here is one Asian recipe - "Beef with Ginger and Green onion" - that you can make with a blink of an eye, if I can exaggerate. It is *quick and easy, full of flavor, and good for you* kind of Asian food that you can easily make at home. ...

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Green Onion Pancakes, and the story of a blue frog

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Once upon a time there lived a young frog boy named "Blue". They called him "Blue" because he was a very unusual blue frog. Blue lived with his mother in a small cottage near a little stream deep in the mountain of South Korea. His mother loved him very much and did the best she could to teach him, so that he could grow up to be well mannered and respectful. But alas! Blue was not the most obedient boy you can imagine. In fact he was quite rebellious and often showed the contrary behaviors. ...

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Beef with Eggplant, This is not a stir-fry!

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Korean foods are well known for its healthiness. It is not only because we do eat lots of vegetables with meal but also the cooking method we use to prepare the dish. Stir-fry is perhaps one of the most popular cooking method in any Asian cuisine (of course Koreans do use that method in various dishes) but it is not the most common or popular way in Korean cooking to be honest with you. "Muchim (무침)" is a skill to master in order to understand the Korean cooking. Muchim involves some ...

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Rice balls, the redeeming grace of leftover rice

  Do you like rice? I do.  In fact I eat too much that my every new year's resolution of getting rid of that rice belly never seems to be possible.  Do you have lots of leftover rice in your fridge and you are thinking of getting rid of them? Please, don't. My mother used to say when I was a kid that each grain of rice is like each drop of farmer's sweat. They put their souls to harvest those precious grain and if you waste any, you are disgracing their job. So, eat your rice, every ...

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Seafood Pancakes, and the three amigos

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     My friend Lily called me the other day and asked if I can post the recipe for Korean seafood pancakes. Her 17 year old son, who is fighting with a cancer, is craving for this pancakes and she would like to know how to make it. I am thrilled to introduce this dish for anyone who loves seafood and spring onions. Lily, this one is especially for you and Alex! This is traditional Korean afternoon snacks on the rainy days. Why rainy days? I don't know exactly why but if you ask any ...

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