Kimchi | There are hundreds of different types of kimchi (a traditional fermented Korean dish). And like sushi, you're supposed to have years of experience and skills to make "good kimchi". However, this is a quick and easy kimchi recipe. If you marry a Korean man, this recipe is one simple way to impress your mother-in-law!
Ginseng chicken (samgyetang)
Ginseng chicken (samgyetang) | Ginseng is a revered ingredient in Korean cuisine for its health-giving benefits. It features in Asian soup mixes and is accompanied by Chinese dates (jujubes) and licorice root in this warming dish.
Korean army stew (budae jjigae)
Korean army stew (budae jjigae) | The dish gets its name, army stew, from harder times, and true to its namesake, it’s loaded up with all things plain but wonderful — instant ramen, salty Spam, chewy rice cakes and silky soft tofu. The broth is thick and rich, laced with earthy umami tones from kombu and anchovies, dyed fiery-red with kimchi and gochujang, and spicy enough to make you sweat even when your fingers are still thawing from the cold outside. I love how its balanced complexity was…
Korean egg toast (gaeran to su tu)
Korean egg toast (gaeran to su tu) | Egg toasts are sold by street stall vendors in Korea to cater for those in a hurry. Koreans usually have a hot breakfast of rice, soup, kimchi and side dishes. These pan fried white bread toasted egg sandwiches are a fusion of Asian flavours and Western influences. The addition of cabbages lends a lovely crunch to the soft egg omelette.
Army base stew (budae jjigae)
Army base stew (budae jjigae) | They say necessity is the mother of invention and this stew is a sterling example of that sentiment. Budae jjigae (army base stew) was created in Uijeongbu, an hour north of Seoul, soon after the Korean War when food scarcity led starving Koreans to concoct a meal using food that was discarded or handed out at US military bases. The Koreans added the unfamiliar ingredients, like Spam, hot dogs and baked beans, into a traditional spicy soup flavoured with…
Korean fish cake soup (o deng gook)
Korean fish cake soup (o deng gook) | Korean fish cakes have a texture similar to firm tofu. If they're not to your liking, substitute with spicy Korean rice cakes (dduk bok ki) instead. You can also serve this soup with a peeled, hard-boiled egg if desired.
Korean ginseng chicken soup
Korean ginseng chicken soup | Korean ginseng chicken (sam-gye-tang) soup uses a whole young chicken stuffed with ginseng, jujubes, chestnuts, garlic and sticky rice. Traditionally, this soup is revered during the hottest month of the year to combat the fierce heat.
Beef bone soup (gomtang)
Beef bone soup (gomtang) | Gomtang is a traditional Korean soup and the name refers to the "extensive boiling" in the recipe of the bone marrow, brisket and beef bone to create a hearty and tasty dish. It's best eaten with radish kimchi (kaktugi), and rice can be included in the soup or served separately.
Pork neck soup (gamjatang)
Pork neck soup (gamjatang) | Gamjatang, a traditional Korean soup, is one of the tastiest ways to eat pork neck, although not the only traditional preparation of this often-overlooked cut. In Southeast Asia, pork neck is usually marinated, grilled, and served with rice; in the Southern United States, it’s slow-roasted or used to make meaty collard greens.
Korean beef and rice stick soup (dok guk)
Korean beef and rice stick soup (dok guk) | Traditionally, this Korean soup was served over the lunar new year as a symbol of good fortune. These days, dok guk is eaten year-round. It's a simple, satisfying recipe, bursting with flavour.
Spicy hand-torn noodle soup (sujebi)
Spicy hand-torn noodle soup (sujebi) | This Korean soup is packed with flavour and has a welcome fiery kick, making it perfect comfort food for cold winter days.