Kimchi Bacon Fried Rice, the perfect way to make it

Kimchi Bacon Fried Rice

Kimchi and Bacon...,  you can't go wrong. Especially if you throw them into fried rice. Yum! I have made Kimchi Bacon Fried Rice a long time ago and thought of updating the recipe.  I tweaked to bring out more flavor of kimchi and to enjoy the crisp texture of salty bacon. This would be perhaps the best kimchi bacon fried rice you might taste if I can dare to say that. So good.....! I won't say much about this recipe.  What can I say more? A head of well fermented ...

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Sausage Pea Lemon Rice

Sausage Lemon Rice

Do you have some leftover rice in your fridge? How would you like to turn your rice that nobody cares for into something pretty and delicious that your family would enjoy? Let's dress up you plain rice with a touch of make-over. Here is very simple sausage pea lemon rice. It can be a simple one dish meal on it own or serve as a side dish. You will love the lemony fragrance. I used Chorizo sausage but any fresh sausage will do the job. All you need to make this delicious rice is ...

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Escarole Soup with Sausage and Rice

Escarole Soup with Sausage and Rice

One of my favorite ingredients in making soup has to be escarole. I love the leafy lettuce-like texture that is so tender and sweet once cooked. I love making Escarole Soup with Sausage and Rice. It is rather quick and simple to make and comforting to enjoy in cool weather. The soup fills me up and I feel good afterward. I used Chorizo sausage but any Italian style sausage would be fine. You can easily omit the rice if you would rather keep this soup on the lighter side, or as a "make ahead" ...

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Swiss Chard with Brown Rice

Swiss Chard rice

Swiss Chard (근대, gundae) is commonly eaten vegetable in the northeastern part of Korea. I don't think I had this nutritious vegetable down in the south where I grew up. Swiss chard is easily obtainable in most parts of the world. And where I live, it is super cheap so I am so indulging Swiss chard in many dishes. I am not tired of them yet.   I love making Swiss Chard Rice (근대밥, gundae-bap) with spicy chili sauce to top it off. I like to make it total vegan version but you can ...

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All About Korean Rice

Korean Rice

Rice means more than its purpose as a staple food in Korean Cuisine. It is a symbol of life and representation of prosperity. For thousands of years in the past, one's wealth in Korea was determined by how much of rice had been stored in one's food storage. Having four very distinct seasons with a very long cold winter and steep mountains covering 70% of its land, Korea is a difficult place to grow rice.  Those seasonal and geographical challenges and limitations, however, have made Koreans ...

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How to Cook Rice on the Stove, with Fresh Beans

How to cook rice on the stove

Growing up as a young child in Korea, I often visited my maternal grandparent's house. My grandmother had a traditional Korean kitchen that uses wood burning stove. She had a huge ( I mean really huge) iron pot permanently installed on the stove. The memory is vivid. I can picture the scene of her wearing Korean traditional dress called "Hanbok"  and her hair - somewhat similar to bun donut hair - that was secured with a humble hairpin. She squatted down to keep the flame on going by adding ...

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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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