Korean Fried Chicken (Dakgangjeong : 닭강정)

I love fried chicken in any form…seriously it’s my weakness and all my friends know it…but Korean fried chicken is something extra special.  Dakgangjeong is sweet crispy fried chicken.   Dak means chicken and Gangjeong is a type of Korean sweet that is fried and coated in a sticky sauce. Can the name be any more self explanatory? They crackle when you bite into them, but they remain juicy and soft on the inside.

This is due to TWO reasons:
1. They are coated in potato starch
2. They are DOUBLE fried.

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Korean Cole Slaw

I’m still waiting for spring to arrive in Chicago, but at least hailstorms in April have been interesting!  I was pretty excited when we filmed this video because it was during a fluke warmer week, and that made me anticipate the idea of frolicking outside again.

All I know is that the next time I have to bring a potluck dish to a barbecue or picnic, you can bet I’ll be toting a big bowl of this Korean Cole Slaw.  Read more

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