Cooking Korean… Yummy!

I love almost all Korean food – except 번데기 (bondaegi – which is roasted silkworm larvae and smells almost worse than it tastes).  And I’m a pretty good cook (thanks Mom).  But I don’t know how to cook Korean food.  This year – with the help of YouTube and some of my fantastic Korean friends I plan to learn how to cook all my favourite Korean foods.  What recipes do I want to learn?  Well, just about everything – I’d even love to learn how to make 김치 (kimchi – which is spicy pickled vegetables, generally cabbage) and 된장 (dwenjang – which is soybean paste, similar to miso).  But first I want to learn.

  1. 된장찌개 (dwenjangjiggae) – spicy soybean paste soup.  This is my absolute favourite soup!
  2. 돼지 갈비(dwegi galbi) – marinated barbecue pork.  This is my absolute favourite Korean food.  It’s SO yummy!!
  3. 맛탕 (matang) – candied sweet potatoes, this is a yummy side dish.
  4. 닥국(dakguk) – chicken porridge, so good on an upset stomach
  5. 계란찜 (gyeranjjim) – steamed egg, another yummy side dish
  6. 냉면 (naeng-myeon) – cold buckwheat noodles in a tangy broth
  7. 비빔밥 (bibimbap) – mixed rice with vegetables
  8. 참치김밥 (chamchi kimbap) – tuna rice rolls, my favourite lunch
  9. 바전 (pajun) – Korean pancakes, another great side dish
  10. 감자탕 (gamjatang) – spicy pork bone soup/stew, the Korean hangover cure which is also a hearty and delicious winter stew

There are many more recipes I want to learn but the above are definitely first on my list.

But tonight was all about 떡볶이 (ttukbokki – spicy rice cakes) as I was missing some friends from Korea and it’s a yummy comfort food 🙂

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday – this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it’s taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I’m the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

One thought on “Cooking Korean… Yummy!

  • February 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm
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    What`s your favourite Korean food?

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