Oven Rice Cake (Tteok Ppang 떡빵)

GlutenFree Sweet Red Bean Rice Cake (떡빵 Tteok Ppang)

This deliciously addictive Sweet Red Bean Rice Cake has the best of both worlds – the rich buttery taste of a regular cake but has the chewy(but not overly chewy) ...

Yakwa cooling on rack

A Sweet Gift for Korean New Year

For this New Year’s, I made Yakwa to share with friends and family. The last time I made yakwa was almost 2 years ago and it took a couple tries ...


Sweet and Savory Beef Rib Stew (갈비찜 Galbijjim/Kalbijjim)

This is Korean food at its best. Kalbijjim/Galbijjim(갈비찜) was certainly one of my favorites as a kid and is still very much at the top of my list to this ...


Our family farm in Korea

Life in Korea – farming anyone?

Here’s another reason why I have not been able to blog more ...
cold kimchi rice

Kimchi Mari (김치말이) – Cold Kimchi Rice

Yesterday was one of those days when I really did not feel ...
zucchini buchimgae cut into bite size pieces

Crispy Zucchini Pancakes (호박부침개 Hobak buchimgae)

Buchimgae is such a simple dish and yet the many possible variations ...

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No Crazy Kimchi chart featured in Yakima magazine

Recently I was asked by Yakima magazine (a wonderful local lifestyle magazine written for and by the local people in Yakima valley in the state of Washington) if I would allow my No Crazy Kimchi flowchart to be included in their upcoming article about eating and making Kimchi. Making the flowchart was not at all […]

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Christmas cheesecake tart

Life in Korea – Merry Christmas from my new studio!

Last year’s Christmas really did not feel like Christmas at all. There was no tree, no cards (Koreans really don’t send cards to each other anymore and maybe because we don’t have a lot of friends?), no Christmas parties to go to (I so miss our old CA friends.) and no daughter (she was traveling […]

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cbrined cabbages for Kimjang Kimchi

My first Kimjang at home! (Tips on brining cabbage for Kimchi)

About this time last year I helped my mother-in-law’s Kimjang at her house and in return, I brought home couple containers of her yummy Kimjang. This year, I decided that it was time I tried it all on my own. I was a bit worried that I may not be able to handle the large […]

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Interesting Korean Cooking event

I was recently asked to share about a fun Korean food event that was held in Korea. The event is called K-Cook Delight and this is an exerpt from their site: “We invited foreigners from 22 different countries living in Korea, both professional chefs and food enthusiasts, learned how to cook signature Korean dishes. They participated […]

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Steak Ssam Kimchimari style

Korean Rib Eye Steak Salad with Soy Plum Dressing

Cool and crisp fall days mean it’s perfect weather for Korean BBQ and ssam. Luckily, I had a beautiful piece of Korean rib eye steak in the fridge! My first thought was just to grill it and make ssam with it. But today was just lunch for 1 and I was too lazy and hungry […]

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Chuncheon Dak Kalbi (춘천 닭갈비)

Chuncheon Chicken (춘천 닭갈비 Chuncheon Dak Kalbi)

Last winter, an old college friend of mine invited me and a few friends to visit her in Chuncheon. In return she offered to buy us the famous Chuncheon Dakalbi (춘천 닭갈비). Chuncheon is a city east of Seoul that is near the upper Han river and is known for it’s natural beauty – especially […]

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Korean Seasoning Paste

Korean garlic pear seasoning paste

Ready for a fabulously fresh and flavorful seasoning paste that you can use just about anywhere? This seasoning blend works great for many Korean recipes- for braising fish, marinating meats, for jjigae, for Kimchi or just about Korean food that requires basic garlic and ginger flavor. This is a pretty recent discovery for me although […]

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Korean pork cuts diagram by JinJoo Lee (www.kimchimari.com)

Know your Pork Cut!!

Pork is probably the most popular meat in Korea. Partly because it’s much more affordable than beef but also because the fatty flavor of pork really goes well with many Korean seasonings and condiments, especially Kimchi. Adding pork to Kimchi Jjigae really transforms it into a very hearty, flavorful stew. When compared to beef, Pork […]

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Coco smiling

Good bye Coco

Good bye~ sweetie..our cutest dog ever..Coco. We recently lost our beloved dog, Coco, because of an illness she had since 2008. She was only 11 and it all happened just too soon but we are thankful to have spent many wonderful years together. There’s so much more to write but I’m having an extra hard […]

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Korean Sweet Rice Punch with mint (sikhye/shikhye 식혜)

Sweet Rice Punch (식혜 Shikhye/Sikhye)

During New Year’s, as part of tradition, our family visited many elderly relatives to pay our respects (세배 saebae). I didn’t particularly enjoy every visit (kind of boring to sit thru adults conversation.. ;) ) but what I always looked forward to was eating the traditional Korean snacks and drinks that was served at each […]

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Korean potato pancakes (감자전 Gamjajeon)

Crispy Potato Pancakes (감자전 Gamjajeon)

What do you do when life gives you too many ugly potatoes? You make potato pancakes! Back in June, in my Life in Korea – Farming Anyone? post, I wrote that I was planting colored potatoes in my farm. Well..we harvested them in late July. And I have been busy selling them the last 2 […]

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bbudae jjigae closeup

Kimchi Sausage Stew (부대찌게 Budae Jjigae)

After the Korean war, the US military stayed behind and setup bases in several locations throughout Korea. Usually near these bases,  one could buy American products -especially canned foods like, yes, the infamous SPAM!! So what to do with SPAM?  Well..what else? Add Kimchi!! Kimchi makes everything taste better!! And so this Kimchi Sausage Stew […]

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green plums in basket

Green Plum Syrup (매실청 Maesil Chung)

Korean green plums (매실 Maesil, also: Chinese plum or Japanese ume) have been around for a long time. Records of  its medicinal purposes go far back as 200 AD. But  매실 엑기스(Maesil  Aekiss) or 매실청 (Maseil Chung) – green plum syrup – has only appeared in Korean cooking in the last 10 years or so. […]

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Young Radish (Chong Gak) Kimchi

Easy Young Radish Kimchi (총각김치 Chong Gak Kimchi)

If you like crunchy foods then you will love how crunchy and flavorful this Kimchi is. This young radish Kimchi – also known as Chong Gak (pronounced ‘gaak’) / Chongkak Kimchi -is definitely my favorite Kimchi of all because it has both great taste and great texture. Chong Gak Kimchi is also a very simple […]

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bulgogi photo

Check out my bulgogi photo!

I have some exciting news!! The owner of the newly opened El Nuevo Mexican Grill in Greensboro, North Carolina, recently contacted me about using my bulgogi photo in his restaurant. The owner, who’s Korean, has added a bulgogi Taco to his menu in order to add a bit of Korean flair to traditional Mexican food. He told me that […]

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cucumber namul

Stir-fried cucumbers (오이나물 oyi namul)

This Oyi Namul(오이나물) is also sometimes called Oyi Bokkeum (오이볶음) which literally means cucumber stir fry. When you saw the name of the dish, you might have thought – “What? Stir fry cucumbers? How can that taste good?”.  But you will be surprised how good this tastes – the slightly pickled cucumbers have such a […]

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Tuna Tataki Salad

Tuna Tataki Salad

This is not really a traditional Korean dish but this version definitely has a Korean twist to it and it’s so yummy and healthy that I thought I should post it. My sis #3 made this for me when I was visiting Korea in February and it was really really delicious. The wonderfully cooked tuna […]

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Korean Sauteed Dried Shrimp

Sauteed Dried Shrimp (마른새우 볶음 Maleun Saewoo Bokeum)

This is a dish I made kind of on the fly but my daughter loved it so much that I decided to make a recipe of it. Hopefully, she can make it on her own someday… This dried shrimp is great because it has a high calcium content due to the fact that you eat […]

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Bulgogi – Korean Beef BBQ (불고기)

This is probably one of the best known Korean dish other than Kimchi. I offer several substitutions and variations that you can try. They will all taste good but I think it is good to have options in case you don’t have all the ingredients or if you prefer one ingredient over another. I start […]

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2013 in review

I know this is way late but better late than never, right? Thank you everyone for hanging with me so far. After I open my studio on March 15th and get things settled, I hope to post a lot more recipes this year! The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this […]

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I am now on facebook!

Hi! I hope everyone is off to a good start in this New Year of the horse. Um..my favorite year since I am a horse.. :) I have been wanting to create a facebook page for my blog and now that I also have a studio opening up, I decided to combine the two and […]

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