Korean Sweet Pancakes (Hodduk: 호떡)

I was on a mission to storm through the streets of Korea in search of some Hodduk, or sweet Korean pancakes.  They’re fried until golden and crispy, and oozing with brown sugar syrup. It didn’t even matter to me that we were there in the midst of a scorching summer… I NEEDED to have some piping hot Hodduk!  I’m happy to report that the mission was accomplished, and I still remember every crispy, chewy, and gooey bite of it!

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Beef & Barley Bibimbap Salad

Ever since I was a kid, anytime our family would go out to eat at a Korean restaurant, Bibimbap was practically the only dish I’d order.  But the truth is that Bibimbap is super easy to make at home because all you need is a bunch of leftover ingredients, some rice, and a spicy sauce.  Bibimbap literally translates to “mixed rice,” but I decided to make a version using barley instead. Read more

Korean Royal Barbecued Pork (Maekjeok : 맥적)

I probably will never forget our trip to the historic palace area when we were visiting Korea last summer, because it was SO incredibly hot that day and we were melting away into the pavement.  But even in the midst of our dehydration and misery, we couldn’t help but admire the colorful carved buildings with all their ornate details.  There was also an air-conditioned (hallelujah) museum there, where we got to see a display of a royal table with all the typical food. Read more