Tteokbokki (Spicy Korean Rice Cakes)

Yesterday Mike and I celebrated FOUR YEARS of marriage! We were hoping to celebrate this year with a new baby, but this girl is STUBBORN. So we made the most of the evening by trying a vegetarian Chinese restaurant in the Inner Sunset (Shangri-La, on Irving). They make a bunch [...]

Sesame-Gojuchang Tofu

The first time I tried it, I had no idea what gojuchang was. It was on our flight to Thailand a couple years ago, which just happened to go through Seoul. It was served with bibimbap and came in a little tube like toothpaste. At the time I had [...]

Kimchi

Spicy fermented cabbage doesn’t seem like a good idea, and the first time I tried it, I wondered how it had possibly gotten so popular in Korea. But after prolonged exposure during the time we lived there, I came to love it. I may not miss my life in [...]

Kimchi Chigae

I still can’t really believe that with all the cooking I did in Korea, I never made my own kimchi. A few weeks ago I picked up a GIANT head of Napa cabbage (practically the size of my torso) at the farmer’s market and decided it was time to [...]

Tuna Gimbap

Anytime I travel somewhere, I tend to latch onto one particular food and eat it far more than anything else, so that inevitably, when I go home, eating that food immediately transports me back. When I visited Norway, it was mussels and smoked salmon (I made sure to eat [...]

Jijimi (Korean Vegetable Pancakes)

When I thought about moving to Korea, I imagined that I would become an expert on cooking Korean food. I knew I’d have a kitchen and full access to all the ingredients I might need to make just about any Korean dish I wanted. I didn’t really think about [...]

Quick Japchae

Korean cuisine can be difficult for vegetarians. With slabs of meat being grilled up on practically every corner, a vegetarian can feel a little left out. But there is a whole lot more to Korean food than barbecue. There are some fantastic vegetarian rice and noodle dishes, and here’s [...]

Bean Sprout Rice (Kongnamool Bap)

I admit, the title of this recipe could be more enticing, but this is actually a nice, simple one-dish meal and it makes a lot of food. I’m still really excited about the fact that I can make edible rice without a rice cooker! I know white rice is [...]

Gimbap, Take One

After eating gimbap at least once a day for the first four days we were here, I knew I had to try and make it myself. I didn’t have too many interesting ingredients for the filling, so I wanted to make a simple roll as a trial run. I [...]

Japchae

This is an absolutely DELICIOUS dish, but it is very involved.  Give yourself about two hours from start to finish.  Every ingredient is seasoned and cooked individually, then they are all mixed together in a huge bowl.  In the process you will dirty a TON of dishes, but don’t [...]

my foodgawker gallery