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.
- 된장찌개 (dwenjangjiggae) – spicy soybean paste soup. This is my absolute favourite soup!
- 돼지 갈비(dwegi galbi) – marinated barbecue pork. This is my absolute favourite Korean food. It’s SO yummy!!
- 맛탕 (matang) – candied sweet potatoes, this is a yummy side dish.
- 닥국(dakguk) – chicken porridge, so good on an upset stomach
- 계란찜 (gyeranjjim) – steamed egg, another yummy side dish
- 냉면 (naeng-myeon) – cold buckwheat noodles in a tangy broth
- 비빔밥 (bibimbap) – mixed rice with vegetables
- 참치김밥 (chamchi kimbap) – tuna rice rolls, my favourite lunch
- 바전 (pajun) – Korean pancakes, another great side dish
- 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 🙂