Have a sweet caramelised chicken for a sunny calming summer’s day. Dak Bulgogi or Korean Chicken BBQ is easy to prepare and a great addition to the grill this summer, and you can have it anyway you want, with rice, as a wrap, or even on its own if it suits your fancy, easy!
Yeongeun jorim is a popular Korean banchan (side dish) made with lotus roots in a sweet and savoury caramel sauce. Lotus root is high in fibre, vitamins and minerals and well-loved for its crunchy texture. Enjoy this dish cold of warm with rice and other side dishes.
Ttukbaegi bulgogi is a hearty and soupy beef dish that is great for cold weather or any time at all. Bulgogi is Korean marinated beef and the bulgogi stew is traditionally cooked in a Korean earthenware pot called the ttukbaegi, which keeps the dish warm for longer. This dish is popular in restaurants but, you can add your favourite vegetables when cooking it at home.
Gungjung means ‘royal court’ in Korean, and this version dates back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). As the name suggests, it was part of the royal cuisine and regarded as a high class dish – an interesting contrast to the modern version which is basically street food. Gunjung-tteokbokki is now a popular Korean street food which is non-spicy and it is made out of rice cake, meat and vegetables.
There are hundreds of different types of kimchi, and you are supposed to have years of experience to make good kimchi. However, it depends on what type of kimchi you are making. Quick kimchi is delicious and very easy to prepare. Kimchi making is addictive. Find out why Koreans can’t live without this wonderful Korean superfood.
Sundubu is a spicy, hot, comforting and delicious soft tofu stew that is one of the most popular stews that can be found in Korean restaurants. Served in a claypot, this hot sizzling soup is the perfect comforting meal in winter.
Galbi Gui is a very popular Korean meat dish made from thinly sliced beef short ribs that are grilled to perfection. The short ribs are marinated in a sweet and spicy sauce which consists of Korean pear juice, sesame oil, spicy soybean paste, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil and sugar. This dish is usually served with a side of lettuce, which is used to wrap a sliced of the sliced beef.
Jeonbok naejang jook also known as the “king of porridges” in Korea is the ultimate comfort food for cold weather. It is creamy, delicious, hearty, savoury and satisfying. Abalone is considered a delicacy in Korea and used to be presented to the King as a gift. Jeonbok naejang jook is also given to the sick and elderly as it is known for its nutritional benefits.
Chuseok being a harvest festival at heart, special delicacies are made to celebrate the occasion. Where the Chinese have their mooncakes, the Koreans have the songpyeon. Made from rice flour, this traditional rice cake is kneaded into balls and then filled with sesame seeds, beans, or chestnuts. There is an old Korean saying that whosoever makes a beautifully-shaped songpyeon they will meet a good spouse or give birth to a beautiful baby.
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