Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu (麻婆豆腐) is my first love in Chinese food. When I first heard of it a long time ago, I thought it was originated from Korea. Because the name "Mapo" sounded same as the name of the area in Seoul called Mapo-gu. LOL!!!  I was just an innocent girl who didn't know much about the global food at that time. Well, to clarify it..., Mapo tofu is not from Seoul. As far as I know it is from Sichuan province of China. I think there are several versions of how this delicious tofu recipe has ...

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Beef and Tofu Stew in a Skillet

Beef Tofu Stew in a Skillet

One of the tough challenge I am facing these days in Buenos Aires has to be the grocery shopping for Korean food items. There is Korean town on the other side of the city. It takes about 1 hour to get there. I don't mind driving that far, but the obstacle is that there is absolutely no place to park no matter what time of the day I go. Streets are very narrow and all occupied with cars. It is frustrating and discouraging. Last weekend I had to take my husband to drop me off right in front of ...

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Tofu and Egg Pudding

Tofu and Egg Pudding

연두부 달걀찜 [  yeondubu dalgyal jjim ] Haven't had enough tofu in your life? Here is another soft tofu recipe that you might like. I mixed with eggs and pour some chicken stock and turn them into savory custard-like pudding dish that you can serve warm. This Tofu and Egg Pudding is a protein packed winter comfort food, and the good news? You can make this in your microwave. ...

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Steamed Soft Tofu with Soy Chili Sauce

steamed soft tofu with soy chili sauce

연두부 양념반찬 [ yeon-dubu yangnyum banchan ]  When I was hospitalized after my surgery in Korea this past summer, I had to live with hospital food for a few days. Maybe because of all the trauma I had to go through, I lost my appetite big time. I am not a picky eater. I usually eat everything served in front of my nose. But for some reason I just couldn't eat anything in the hospital. I lost 10 lbs in 10 days. (unfortunately I gained all back plus a little extra now as I am recovering... urgh!!!) ...

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Kimchi Udon

Kimchi Udon

I like udon and so as the most Koreans. If you drive on the freeways in Korea, you will find many rest areas along the road. Most of them have food stalls where you can purchase quick meals and snacks. This Kimchi Udon (김치우동) is one of the popular menu. Feeding yourself a bowl of hot udon in the middle of long winter journey? I call it - 'Kimchi Udon Soup for the Soul'. ...

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Beef Doenjang Jjigae, Korean soy bean paste stew with beef

Beef Doenjang Jjigae

  A good friend of mine gave me a jar of very precious gift. It was a jar of homemade Korean soybean paste; the doenjang! It's been a while since I had the homemade doenjang in my kitchen. I was so thrilled. I learned that the doenjang she gave me was made in a Buddhist temple in Korea where her mother often goes to. Doenjang made in Buddhist temple was considered as one of the best kind. ...

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Tofu Broccoli Salad; simple, healthy, and yes, it’s delicious!

Broccoli-tofu

  "Only bad witches are ugly..." This is what Glinda, the pretty Good Witch of the North, said to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. I don't think she ever realized that some bad witches can be quite beautiful. At least Elphaba, the Bad Witch of the West, was. She had a certain radiance that captured the winkie prince Fiyero's heart, which the pretty Glinda herself couldn't. ...

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Kimchi Tofu Dumplings, Our New Year Tradition

Kimchee-tofu-dumpling-FG

  If you come to my house, you will find at least one or two packages of frozen dumplings stored in my freezer any time of the year. I purchase them from the grocery stores, of course. But during the New Year, I like to make home-made dumplings with my family. It is a fun activity that you can do with anyone - young or old, and you can store them in the freezer for later use if you can't finish them all at once. Koreans love dumplings. We steam them, pan-fry them, deep-fry them, boil ...

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