aka Korean Food at Home -Traditional but simple (mostly) recipes
Kimbap/Gimbap - Korean dried seaweed rice rolls

So what does Kimbap/Gimbap remind me of? Picnics (소풍 sopung)!!!  School picnic was probably my most favorite day of all my school days when I was little. When it was time for school picnic, I could hardly sleep the night before because I was so…

Korean Dried Seaweed Rice Roll (Kimbap 김밥)



Cute radio gift from KBS!

I have recently been invited to do an interview on KBS World Radio to talk about the Korean New Year – 설날 (Seollal). We talked about the traditions of Seollal food including the meaning of 떡국 (Tteokguk) and 차례상(Charye sang). I also got to share…

Korean New Year (설날 Seollal) interview on KBS World Radio!

Korean Kimchi Dumpling (만두 Mandu)

Korean Kimchi Dumpling (만두 Mandu) These very yummy dumplings (만두 mandoo/mandu) have many Korean names – 김치만두 (kimchi mandu) – because it contains lots of kimchi 평양만두 (pyeongyang mandu) – pyeongyang is the capital of North Korea and this mandu originally comes from the area…

Kimchi Dumplings (김치 만두 Kimchi Mandoo)



2014 Annual Report for Kimchimari blog

I am now back in California for good as of 12/30/2014!!! Although my stay in Korea as been a bit difficult, it certainly was a very valuable time for me to spend time with my family and also learn more about Korean food and culture.…

Happy New Year of the Lamb!!



Congratulations!! Meimeisun! You have won the Korea Style book. Please contact me by giving me your email address via Follow Me page and I will contact you directly for details. Please respond ASAP! I will also be giving away a mini Korean dictionary and Beginner…

Book Giveaway winner announcement!



The book giveaway has ended as of Dec. 10th 6pm, Korea time. Thank you all who participated and gave me wonderful comments about Korean food. I was expecting one sentence responses but was so happy to read full long comments about why they love Korean…

Korea Style Book Giveaway has ended!

Korea Style Book

The fall rain reminded me of the time when I just started taking photos for my blog almost 4 years ago in California. I started my post on Pike Mackerel Stew with a similar picture of a tree with raindrops dangling on branches. And I…

Korea Style Book Giveaway!



Korean sweet rice pancake made with fresh flowers

I was inspired to make this fresh flower sweet rice pancake or 화전 (Hwajeon) while I was preparing for my recent rice cake pastry class. Traditionally, Koreans make Hwajeon in spring with Korean azaleas (진달래꽃 jindalae kkot) or pear blossoms (배꽃 bae kkot). And then…

Fresh Flower Rice Pancake (화전 Hwajeon)

I have been invited to attend Food Week Korea (Nov 12-15) for free as a blogger and I am very excited!! I attended it last year (I paid money) and basically anything related to food industry is all there. I got to see all sorts…

Food Week Korea 2014

Eggplant Namul (가지나물 Gahji Namul)

  Honestly, I never liked this dish when I was a kid. It’s because I was very sensitive to texture of foods when I was little. Anything that’s too mushy or too chewy, too gummy or too gooey – my stomach could not take it.…

Steamed Eggplant Namul (가지나물 Gaji Namul)



Andong Gurume Historical Korean Home (고택 Gotaek)

Nothing fancy or multi-colored, nothing grilled or fried but there is something so comforting and deliciously pleasing about a properly prepared authentic Korean breakfast.  In my opinion, this is what traditional Korean food tastes are all about. Every now and then I have complained about…

Breakfast at Andong

Roasted Corn Tea (옥수수차 Oksusu Cha)

Corn tea/Oksusu cha(옥수수차) and Barley tea/Bori Cha (보리차) are two kinds of teas that are an essential part of Korean cuisine. Oksusu cha has a slightly sweet note with a great roast flavor. Bori Cha is not at all sweet, slightly smokey and has a…

Roasted Corn and Silk Tea (옥수수차 Oksusu cha)



Cold Buckwheat Noodle Salad (막국수 Makguksu)

Cold Makguksu (막국수) and hot summer go together like hot chocolate and cold winter. There’s just something curiously cooling about all the fresh crunchy vegetables and cold buckwheat noodles(메밀국수 maemil guksu) mixed together. But then again, nothing curious about it I guess, since maemil/buckwheat IS…

Cold Buckwheat Noodle Salad (막국수 Makguksu)



Noodles with Black Bean Sauce (짜장면 Jjajang Myeon)

In almost every Korean drama, you will see characters devour this black sauce noodle dish-ending with black sauce all around their mouths. And it’s almost always in an office setting or at home, where these are delivered in a steel or plastic box. Jajangmyeon (짜장면)…

Noodles in Black Bean Sauce (간짜장면 Kaan Jajangmyeon)



Pan-fried Kimbap in Sesame Oil

So this week’s post will be on how to make Kimbap (김밥)/Korean Seaweed Rice Roll. But before I post that, I thought I would blog about how yummy leftover Kimbap can be – in kind of reverse order of things..since I did not get to…

Hot Kimbap!



Korean Rice Cake mold design - tteoksal stamp

One item on my “Must Do” list while in Korea was to make a trip down to Damyang (담양) to visit Moksan Gongyakwan (목산공예관). FYI – The doggie is a Korean breed called 삽살개 (sapsalgae) – very cute isn’t he? Mr. Kim Gyuseok who is…

A visit with a Tteoksal (떡살) Artisan




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