Seaweed Salad with Radish

Seaweed Radish Salad

No, this is not a Christmas tree!!! But I love how it mimics the 'winter wonderland' feeling. This is a simple Korean style seaweed salad with radish (파래 무 무침, parae moo muchim). There are several different types of seaweed in Korea. I think most people know of the dried form of seaweed which you can easily find in many Asian stores. However, during the wintertime you might be able to find fresh kind, if you are lucky. This particular seaweed is like threads, quite thin. In fact, the ...

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Radish Pancakes

Radish Pancakes

I found a piece of Korean radish in the back of vegetables tray of my refrigerator. I don't even remember how long it has been sitting there. I always love the surprises I find when it's time to clean up the refrigerator. It still looked decent although it didn't have all its fresh glory. I thought of making Korean Mackerel stew with radish but soon realized that I didn't have any mackerel, not even a can. So that left me thinking of what I could do with this half century old "Radishbob ...

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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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