Bulgogi is a marinated meat dish made with thin slices of beef, usually rib-eye. It is no doubt one of the most well-known Korean dishes to non-Koreans.
The important thing is to find the right balance between saltiness and sweetness. Using generous amounts of garlic and sesame oil is important to create authentic bulgogi. The same marinade also can be used for chicken or pork. The best way to enjoy Korean barbecued meat is to wrap a bite-sized piece in a lettuce leaf with a dollop of ssamjang (spice paste) or doenjang (soybean paste).
Kalbi (often spelled galbi) is a marinated, grilled short rib dish that is both tasty and easy to prepare. In South Korea, kalbi is also made with whole short ribs that are butterflied so they remain thin. This style is called wang kalbi (“king ribs”), and the resulting flap of meat attached to the large short rib bone provides for a unique presentation; many kalbi enthusiasts are convinced that this style of kalbi has a superior taste. I find them equally delicious.
Galbijjim is typically served on traditional holidays and special occasions in Korea. It is a definite favorite at our house.
In contrast to the braising method typical in Western cooking, with Korean cuisine you do not sear meat before braising. Instead, the ribs are first parboiled in water with the aromatic vegetables and then braised in a sweet and savory braising liquid. Parboiling is a traditional technique, favored by Koreans, to remove excess fat and blood from the ribs. I boil the ribs in a small amount of water and use the resulting stock in the braising liquid so as not to lose the flavor of the ribs during parboiling.
Chestnuts, dates, pine nuts, and gingko nuts are traditional garnishes that make this dish look very elegant. But, the ribs will still be delicious without them. These juicy, succulent ribs in a rich sauce will be perfect for any of your special occasions! Then again, why wait for a special occasion to make this tasty comfort food?
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Gyeranjjim is a popular Korean side dish. It is a custard-like steamed egg casserole. Because it's so simple to make, this is a side dish that I frequently add to a meal at the last minute. Gyeranjjim is a humble and adaptable dish — you can make it just with eggs and scallions or with other chopped vegetables like carrots, onions, and/or zucchini. Shrimp and pollack roe are often added, too. To thin the eggs and enhance the flavor, I use anchovy broth, which is typically used for this dish. But chicken stock, vegetable broth, or even water work as a substitute. This side dish is usually served in a small stone pot (ttukbaegi) in Korean restaurants. Here, I used a regular ramekin.
Healthy eating is in the forefront of most people’s minds these days, especially mine since I just turned 40! And there is no better time than spring and summer with all the fresh fruits and veggies! I love eating simple fresh, light, and bold flavors.
This squid dish is one of the most popular spicy dishes in Korean cuisine. The squid is cut into bite-sized pieces and stir-fried in a slightly sweet red chile sauce along with some vegetables. The sauce's main ingredients are gochujang (fermented chile pepper paste) and gochugaru (chile pepper flakes). For an authentic dish, there simply is no substitute for them.
This recipe is certainly hot, but not fiery hot. Adjust the heat level to your taste. One way to reduce the spiciness is to use fewer fresh chile peppers (or none at all). Fresh chile peppers are called for in the classic versions of the dish, but the heat can be quite intense with certain varieties.
This dish is perfect for those craving a tasty and spicy meal. The red chile sauce adds a burst of spicy flavor to the crisp vegetables and tender squid!
Mandu are Korean dumplings stuffed with a mixture of various meats and vegetables. There are many variations of mandu. Some classic versions are gogi mandu (which has meat as the main ingredient in the filling), yachae mandu (vegetable), and kimchi mandu. The cooking method also varies. Mandu can be steamed, deep-fried, pan-fried, boiled, or used to make soup. Mandu are usually made in large quantities and frozen for later use. Frozen mandu are easy to prepare as a delicious snack, appetizer, or meal, making it a home-cooked favorite for my two kids away at school.
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Now that the weather is getting warmer, it's the perfect time to enjoy Korean bibim gook soo. This cold noodle dish is served in a spicy sauce and topped with a hard-boiled egg, fresh cucumber slices, sliced Japanese pear, kimchi, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. It can be made vegetarian or for meat lovers, with sliced beef. This recipe is a modern take on the tradional Korean dish, with a fruity sauce that adds a little sweet to the spice.
This healthy soup is a mainstay of Korean cuisine, perfect for when you’re feeling under the weather. No matter how stuffed up you are, you can still taste kimchi, especially when backed by the power of thick, spicy gochujang, Korea's go-to condiment.Click here to see Recipe SWAT Team: One-Pot Meals.
Growing up as a child in Korea, this dish was one of the regulars in my home-packed school lunches (dosirak/bento) which usually consisted of rice and a few side dishes. I like it braised, but you can omit braising and simply pour the sauce over the pan-fried tofu.