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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Kimchi Soondubu Jjigae (Kimchi Soft Tofu Stew: 김치순두부찌개)

I used to think that I didn’t like Soondubu Jjigae, or Spicy Soft Tofu Stew.  Whenever anyone suggested going to get some at a restaurant, I was usually less than thrilled. But I’ve come to realize that it’s not that I don’t like it… I just don’t like ones that aren’t made well!  I think I’ve had some really awesome bowls of stew, but I’ve also eaten some bland and lifeless ones too. Read more

Noodles in Black Bean Sauce (Jjajangmyeon: 짜장면 / Jajangmyeon : 자장면)

As funny as it may seem, one of the things I was DYING to do while we were in Korea was order Chinese food….huh? Yeah because I knew Jjajangmyeon would be on the menu.  It’s a Korean-Chinese fusion dish of noodles covered in a thick savory black bean sauce.  It’s especially popular in Korea because it’s considered cheap, no-frills food that can be delivered to your door in minutes. Read more

Dduk Guk (Korean Rice Cake Soup – 떡국)

I would say that Dduk Guk is one of those dishes that I take for granted.  I’ve eaten it for New Years Day almost every year for my entire life!  It’s a Korean tradition, and to me, it just doesn’t feel like the new year without it.  Usually to save time, it’s made with a simple anchovy broth that takes only minutes to make.  But on New Years Day, it’s more of a special thing, so it’s usually cooked the real deal way… with a savory beef broth that has been simmering for hours. Read more

Bulgogi (Marinated Korean Beef BBQ)

When anyone mentions Korean food, the first thing that comes to mind is “Korean BBQ.”  What it refers to is marinated meat that is either quickly grilled or seared in a pan over high heat and eaten along with lettuce wraps.  And out of all the Korean BBQ meats, Bulgogi is probably the most well-known. It’s pretty universally pleasing and a great “safe” introduction to Korean food. Read more