“Mock” Kimchi Rice with Sauerkraut and Bacon

Mock Kimchi Rice with Bacon

In addition to traditional, authentic Korean recipes, I decided I should also share some modern recipes that have Korean flavors but not necessarily traditional and also non-Korean recipes that are worth blogging about. As long as they taste yummy, why not? Right? OK, so hope you will all follow me on this new journey of mine. This recipe is great if you have no access to Kimchi but you are ...

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Vegetarian Lettuce Kimchi (상추김치 Sangchoo Kimchi)

Ripe Lettuce Kimchi

Summer is starting and that means we can no longer eat our Kimjang Kimchi anymore..Sad sad.. It has become way too sour but is still edible though. I give it a good rinse and then use it in dishes where the Kimchi is cooked: such as Kimchi soft tofu stew, Kimchi fried rice, Budae Jjigae, and Kimchi jjigae. Just add extra red pepper powder, spoonful of gochujang, couple cloves of garlic and a bit ...

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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 easy but it is truly wonderful to know that it is appreciated and deemed useful by ...

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

cbrined cabbages for Kimjang 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 amount of ingredients but hey, you have to take risks in life, right? In late September, after my potato harvest, we planted ...

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Army Base Stew (부대찌게 Budae Jjigae)

Budae Jjigae close up

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 (aka 부대찌게 Budae or Boodae Jjigae) was ...

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Kimjang Day: Part 1- How it’s done

kimjang kimchi

The last time I took part in Kimjang (Korean tradition for making a lot of Kimchi to last through the winter months) was when I was still living at home in Seoul. Our family was quite large back then and we lived in a home where our back yard actually had buried kimchi jars. If my memory serves me right, I think we pickled 100~200 cabbages each winter which meant it was really a several day event ...

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Nov. 24th is Kimjang Day!

Yes.. I know.. Nov. 24th is Thanksgiving weekend but in Korea I will be making kimchi all day at my in-laws for Kimjang/Gimang. Kimjang is a longtime Korean tradition where families get together and make enough kimchi to last them through the freezing winter. It used to take 2- 3 days but now it's usually done in one day (Read my No Crazy Kimchi post for more). I hope to take pictures and learn as ...

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Kimchi Mari (김치말이) – Cold Kimchi Rice

Kimchimari Rice - Cold Kimchi Rice

Yesterday was one of those days when I really did not feel like cooking anything but still wanted to have something good to eat for lunch. And then it hit me...Kimchi mari. I almost forgot how great this is! I LOVE how easy this is to make and how light and refreshing it is. I used to make this all the time when I lived in Korea. And thus, this now inspired me to name my blog domain - ...

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Kimchi stew with pork belly

Kimchi Stew (Jjigae/Chigae)

I still remember the very first time I made Kimchi Jjigae all by myself - it was when I was visiting my brother in Virginia. The winter snow storm that year (1984? 1985?) was so bad that we were stuck in his apartment for almost a week with no means of getting to a store. The first time I stepped outside,  the snow had accumulated up to my thigh level! We were running out of things to eat and we ...

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No Crazy Kimchi (How to ripen Kimchi)

No Crazy Kimchi flowchart - how to ripen kimchi

Everyone has a different preference as to when Kimchi(김치) tastes the best - some love eating freshly made, raw kimchi (kind of tastes like a salad); some love eating it when it is just perfectly ripe and then there are those who love sour kimchi (신김치 shin kimchi) which has basically over fermented and obviously tastes quite sour. But one thing is for sure - no one likes the stage when it is in the ...

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