Cubed Radish Kimchi, Kkakdugi

Cubed Radish Kimchi

Who can resist the crunch, refreshing, and perfectly fermented Korean radish kimchi called "Kkakdugi"? One Korean food that I am dying to eat right now is a bowl of hot bone marrow soup (설렁탕, seolleongtang) and this kkakdugi kimchi as a side dish. I was lucky to get a bunch of Korean radish the other day and I am so~ so~ so~ excited to share this wonderful recipe with you. ...

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Beef Meatballs with Pineapple Soy Glaze

Beef Meatballs with Pineapple Soy Glaze

Everyone seems to like meatballs. I do, too. I love my mother's meatballs. She mixes ground beef with finely chopped mushrooms, bell pepper, and garlic, then coat with flour and egg, and pan fry them in little oil. They are flavorful and so good with a bowl of rice. Although my mom's meatballs are great the way they are, I wanted to take her beef meatballs and cover with delicious pineapple soy glaze to give a little twist. And the result is fantastic! ...

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Chungmu Kimbap, the famous seaweed rice rolls from my hometown

Chungmu Kimbap

Today's recipe is very special one for me. Because this is the famous Chungmu Kimbap (충무김밥) from my hometown. Most foreigners who enjoy Korean food provably tried Kimbap, the seaweed rice rolls stuffed with various vegetables. I bet not many of them have tried or even heard of "Chungmu Kimbap" though. Chungmu Kimbap is popular seaweed rice rolls among local Koreans. There are many franchise restaurants in Korea that specialize this particular kimbap. ...

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Bachelor Kimchi

Bachelor Kimchi

I often find that Koreans name their kimchi in a very honest way. This particular kimchi called "Bachelor Kimchi (chonggak kimchi, 총각김치)" is one of them. Chonggak means bachelor in Korean and this kimchi was named  to honor the bachelors. You might wonder how these weird radish breed can honor the bachelors. Well, I leave it up to you to imagine. Although the original name for this kimchi is "chonggak kimchi", some people calls "altari moo kimchi (알타리 무김치)" instead. Altiari is the name for ...

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Radish with Clams

Korean-Radish-with-Clams

Koreans love eating radishes. We often turn this nutrition packed root vegetable into salad and kimchi. We throw some in the soups and stews, too. We even dry the radish and make something delicious with it. Today I am going to share a very simple side dish called "Moo Namool, 무나물", but with a twist. Traditionally Moo Namool has only one main ingredient; the radish of course. But I am going to add canned clams to make the dish more exciting. ...

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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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Radish Kimchi

Radish Kimchi

I speak three languages; #1: Standard Korean with a little accent #2: American English with some accent #3: Southern Korean with a huge accent I consider myself very lucky to be able to communicate with people by the chosen accent. #1 and #3 are the same language, but depends on people you talk to, sometimes it can be difficult to communicate. And sometimes.., you get unexpected and unwanted attention. Why am I telling  you this? Because..., this Radish Kimchi represented my ...

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Radish Beef Rice Bowl

Beef-radish-bowl-FG

  "No vitamins are better than fall radishes. So eat your radishes now!!!" Every fall my mother forced to feed us radishes. Radish soup, radish salad, radish kimchee, ... and the radish rice - the worst one. I HATED it. I don't think radish is kids friendly vegetable at all. It is bitter and peppery. If you cook them they get mushy...,  and kids ain't like mushy stuff. However my tongue has constantly been evolved. I love these peppery radishes now. I finally became a grown-up, ...

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