Cabbage with Soybean Paste

Cabbage with Soybean Paste

Korean soybean Paste (된장, doenjang) goes really well with cabbage or other type of leafy vegetables. The salty pungent flavor of fermented soybean is not for everyone, but once you are used to the flavor it quickly becomes your comfort flavor and you will crave for it. Koreans use this paste for not just in soups and stews, we use it in many salad type dishes as well. Fermented soybean offers a lot of health benefits. If you like Korean food, I hope you try using doenjang more often in ...

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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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Corn Dumpling Soup with Shrimp

Corn Dumpling Soup with Shrimp

It has been 2 years since my family moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My families and myself have made many good friends and enjoyed this beautiful tropical land throughout. Life do sometimes makes you tun to a different direction that you didn't expect. It looks like we are moving back to U.S soon. My kids are excited. I am, too, but with a little bitter-sweet feeling. My family had a great 2 year adventure in Malaysia. We made some wonderful friends, helped many families who are in needs, ...

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Oven Roasted Korean Pork Belly with Onion Salad

Oven Roasted Korean Pork Belly with Onion Salad

Koreans LOVE pork belly. It is inexpensive, easy to cook with, and delicious. We call this layered belly part of pig, "Samgyupsal, 삼겹살". There are two most popular ways to enjoy this delicious pig in Korea. One: Slice to bite size pieces and grill. Serve with lettuce and pungent topping sauce. This is the typical Samgyupsal dish. Two: Braise the whole chunk with a bunch of herbs in water, then slice and serve with spicy salad. This particular dish is called Bossam(보쌈). ...

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Korean Spinach, the rustic version

Korean Spinach 2, thumb

  Korean spinach (shigumchi namool) is one of the most popular side dish (banchan) in Korean restaurants. Generally they are seasoned in salt and sesame oil, and most people think that is the one and only way of making Korean spinach. But there are more... I have posted my version of Korean spinach before and today I would like to add one more. This one is more of southern style rustic version and brings different flavor to the ordinary Korean spinach. This is how my mother use to ...

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