Chungmu Kimbap, the famous seaweed rice rolls from my hometown

May 8, 2014

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.

15 comments Read the full article →

Spicy Korean Pork Taco with Soy Lime Vinaigrette

May 3, 2014

For the past few years, Korean style taco has been a huge hit in U.S due to the famous Kogi BBQ taco truck which was originated in L.A. I believe many celebrity chefs and food bloggers created their versions since then. Here I present Beyond Kimchee version of Korean Taco.

I was recently working on developing Korean fusion dishes using Gochujang(Korean chili paste) for JayOne, a high quality Korean condiment manufacturing company, and came up with this idea using my Easy Spicy Korean Pork into Taco. This Spicy Korean Pork Taco is fabulous Korean-Mexican fusion style dish and it is so delicious with Soy Lime Vinaigrette. I seriously recommended you to try at home. I have a feeling that you gonna love it.

15 comments Read the full article →

Beef Seaweed Soup

April 28, 2014

“Rain, rain go away! Come again another day!”

I think the rainy day is a perfect day to cook a pot of soup. I found a packet of salted fresh seaweeds sitting lonely in the fridge and I decided to rescue them to come to alive.

Seaweeds are great. I mean they are mega healthy food. Asians have enjoyed seaweeds in our diet for who knows how long? They are algae and grow in the ocean so they hold bounty of sea minerals and vitamins. It is naturally fat free and full of iodine, a nutrient that is missing in a lot of other food. If you have a thyroid problem, you need to think about consuming lots of seaweed..

15 comments Read the full article →

Coconut Cream Pie

April 21, 2014

Whenever I travel in U.S, I like to drive on the local high way to pass by their business routes if my time permits.

I like to eat at local diners on the roadside. I love listening the old favorite songs from the jukebox and enjoy simply prepared food that are always delicious. Sometimes the waitresses are not as friendly I would hope for, but I consider that is part of a life experience. The best part of eating at diners are their desserts, the pies! I love classic southern style pies. And this Coconut Cream Pie has to be one of my favorite.

19 comments Read the full article →

Bachelor Kimchi

April 12, 2014

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 breed of radish 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 this particular radish.

13 comments Read the full article →

Spicy Bean Sprout Salad

April 6, 2014

Bean Sprouts…! 콩나물, kongnamul!

The most consumed vegetable next to the cabbage in Korea would be the bean sprouts. We often call it 국민반찬 (gookmin banchan), which translates into “The national side dish of People’s Republic of Korea”. Koreans eat bean sprouts A LOT.

They are cheap, nutritious, and also very delicious to the taste. What’s there not to love about? You can do many things with bean sprouts and here is a very simple Spicy Bean Sprout Salad that you always see in many Korean restaurants along with the plain bean sprout salad.

10 comments Read the full article →

Lemon Yogurt Cupcakes with Lemon Yogurt Glaze

April 1, 2014

I think I was about 8 years old. I had an ambitious dream that I would be making lots of money by selling chicken eggs. I am cracking up right now as I write this post but here is the story…

Coming to the recipe, this lemon cupcakes are really top notch. Not only it is so simple to make, it is so tender and moist, and brings the just right balance between the tart and sweet. I was going to make butter cream frosting to go with these cupcakes but I am glad that I changed into simple lemon glaze using the leftover yogurt. It enhanced the flavor so perfectly.

13 comments Read the full article →

Rice Cakes with Roasted Mini Peppers and Tomatoes, and It’s Gluten Free!

March 27, 2014

Rice cakes are so versatile and there are so many things you can create with. They are gluten free, fat free, and somewhat flavor free, so that you can mingle them with many flavors and satisfy serious carb cravings.

When I saw bags of mini sweet peppers on sale at the store, I was instantly inspired to create something with rice cakes. I made Rice Cakes with Roasted Mini Peppers and Tomatoes

You can certainly use regular bell peppers instead if that’s what you have.

15 comments Read the full article →

Orange Beef

March 21, 2014

I used to think beef doesn’t go well with fruits. And I think I might be wrong. Beef is excellent meat choice to pair with fruit and here is one recipe that I can prove: The Orange Beef!

Many of us provably had this sweet and savory dish in our favorite Chinese restaurant somewhere. The thin slices of beef are so crispy and the sticky sauce that coats the meat is just lip smacking good.

19 comments Read the full article →