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Naomi Imatome-Yun

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Stews for Spring

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Soft Tofu Stew (Soondubuchigae)You don't usually think of stews when springtime arrives, but it's still pretty nippy in most parts of the States. So enjoy these essential Korean stew recipes while it's a little bit drizzly and gray outside.

And don't forget: April showers bring May flowers!

Kimchi, Kimchee, Gimchi, Everywhere

Monday March 31, 2014

Korean Cucumber Kimchi (Oi Sobaegi)There are too many amazing types of kimchi that I need to make and document. There are actually hundreds of varieties, and I don't think I've ever met a kimchi that I don't like. This cucumber kimchi (oi sobaegi) is one of my favorites,  but there are dozens of others that I always greet as long-lost friends if I haven't seen (or eaten) them in awhile.

Some Kimchi recipes for you to try:

Korean Dumpling Salad

Monday March 31, 2014

Someone recently made me a Korean dumpling and (mandoo, mandu) salad, and I thought it was a very good idea. Instead of using chicken or steak or beans as the protein for your salad, you use dumplings. It's delicious and a bit different. Try this quick recipe from My Korean Kitchen here or this colorful version as well.

Korean Sides, Aka Banchan

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Korean Vegetarian MealOne of the best thing about eating at Korean restaurants is the side dishes, or banchan.

Some of my favorites:

Make These Korean Sesame Candies

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Korean Sesame Candy

I love these little bars/candies/snacks called kang jung, and they are very simple to make at home.

Jellyfish Salad!

Friday February 28, 2014


Don't be scared, jellyfish salad (haepari naengchae) is delicious, good for you, and great-looking on the table. It's also a balance of texture, flavor, and low-calorie and high-nutrient goodness.

Black Bean Sauce

Friday February 28, 2014

black beansI first discovered how versatile fermented black beans were in college, when a Chinese friend brought them into our tiny shared kitchen. You can enjoy them in some Chinese-Korean dishes like jajangmyun (noodles with black bean sauce), but they also go well with almost any vegetable. This delicious, easy recipe for cabbage with black beans is good anytime.

It's all about the side dishes

Monday February 17, 2014

Korean meal
Korean meals are made whole with banchan, or side dishes, that come with every meal. Instead of creating your meal around a big hunk of protein, do it Korean style and start with bowl of rice and a bowl of soup or stew. Then just add in different banchan and a salad and you'll have a  full, healthy dinner.

Try one of these 7 popular Korean side dishes.

Noodles with Black Bean Sauce

Saturday February 8, 2014

Korean Noodles with Black Bean Sauce

Jajangmyun always draws suspicious looks from first-timers since the black sauce is so unusual looking. But it always wins people over, since it's so savory, tasty, and easy to make. Omit the meat in this dish and you have a lovely vegetarian noodle dish too.

Happy New Year!

Friday January 31, 2014

year of the horseToday is New Year's Day on the lunar calendar, and 2014 is the Year of the Horse. If you're celebrating with your family, then I hope you're swimming in a delicious bowl of rice cake soup (duk gook) and enjoying some nut and rice balls or sweet rice snacks (yakshik).

If your celebration is going all weekend and you have to feed a crowd, then try this abalone porridge or these curried chicken tenders with S&B dipping sauce.


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