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Korean Recipes


Korean food is based around rice and noodles,with meat, tofu and vegetables. Spices and seasonings are used extensively, including some uniquely Korean flavors - these include doenjang (fermented soybean paste), garlic, ginger, gochujang (red chilli paste), salt and soy sauce. It is also traditional to serve meals with many different side dishes (Korean: banchan).

Some popular Korean dishes include:
  • Bulgogi - In Korean, bulgogi means "fire meat". Beef is thinly sliced or shredded and cooked over a grill. Other meats may be substituted, including pork ("dweji bulgogi"), chicken ("dak bulgogi"), or squid ("ojingeo bulgogi").

  • Dakgalbi - Seasoned chicken cooked over a charcoal grill.

  • Gamjatang - Spicy pork spine soup. As well as pork spine, vegetables, including potatoes and green onions, as well as hot peppers and sesame seeds, are used.

  • Gujeolpan - This dish was traditionally eaten by Korean nobility and royalty. In the Korean language, the name means means "dish of nine dishes", reflecting the fact that it is consists of eight separate small dishes, and pancakes. It is served on a special octagonal plate with eight side containers (used for the small dishes), and a center container (used for the pancakes).

  • Hoe - Thinly sliced raw fish, somewhat similar to Japanese cuisine's sashimi, dipped in either chogochujang which is a sauce made from gochujang (red chilli paste), or wasabi sauce, then wrapped in green leaves, and served on a bed of cellophane noodles ("dangmyeon").

  • Japchae - Boiled potato noodles with beef, carrots, onions and spinach.

  • Jeongol - A stew made using seafood and vegetables.

  • Jokbal - Pig's trotters cooked in soy sauce and spices, deboned, and served with a shrimp sauce.

  • Kalbi (or Galbi) - Pork or beef ribs cooked on a charcoal grill.

  • Kalguksu - Boiled flat noodles, usually in a broth containing anchovies and zucchini (courgettes).

  • Kimchi jjigae - A soup made using kimchi, pork and tofu.

  • Kongnamul-bap - Soybean sprouts served over rice.

  • Kongnamul-guk - A soup made from soybean sprouts.

  • Makchang - The Korean version of chitterlings - grilled pork intestines.

  • Maeuntang - Hot and spicy fish soup.

  • Ramyeon - Spicy noodles with meat and vegetables, somewhat similar to Japanese cuisine's ramen noodles.

  • Samgyeopsal - Pork belly meat (similar to bacon), flavored and seasoned with garlic, sesame oil and salt. The meat is cooked on an open grill and then placed inside lettuce or a similar leafy vegetable, along cooked rice and ssamjang (a spicy paste), before eating. Green chillies, slices of raw garlic dipped in ssamjang and spring onion salad, are common accompaniments, and these help absorb the grease from the meat.

  • Sannakji - A small live octopus, cut in pieces and lightly seasoned. The octopus pieces are usually still moving when the dish is served.

  • Tteok - A chewy cake made from either pounded short-grained rice, pounded glutinous rice, or glutinous rice left whole without pounding. It may be served hot or cold, and as a dessert or snack. It is also sometimes served with beef, mushrooms, onions, etc., as a light meal.

  • Yukhoe - A raw beef dish somewhat similar to steak tartare. The raw beef is shredded and topped with a raw egg yolk, then seasoned with asian (nashi) pear, black pepper, garlic, gochujang (red chilli paste), green onions, sesame seed, sesame oil, soy sauce and sugar.
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Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook

By Maangchi

Rux Martin Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2015-05-19
Hardcover (320 pages)

Maangchi s Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook
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A complete course on Korean cuisine for the home cook by the YouTube star and the world's foremost authority on Korean cooking

Her millions of fans compare her to Julia Child. An Internet sensation, Maangchi has won the admiration of home cooks and chefs alike with her trademark combination of good technique and good cheer as she demonstrates the vast and delicious cuisine of Korea. In Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking, she shows how to cook all the country’s best dishes, from few-ingredient dishes (Spicy Napa Cabbage) to those made familiar by Korean restaurants (L.A. Galbi, Bulgogi, Korean Fried Chicken) to homey one-pots like Bibimbap.

For beginners, there are dishes like Spicy Beef and Vegetable Soup and Seafood Scallion Pancake. Maangchi includes a whole chapter of quick, spicy, sour kimchis and quick pickles as well. Banchan, or side dishes (Steamed Eggplant, Pan-Fried Tofu with Spicy Seasoning Sauce, and refreshing Cold Cucumber Soup) are mainstays of the Korean table and can comprise a meal.

With her step-by-step photos—800 in all—Maangchi makes every dish a snap. A full glossary, complete with photos, explains ingredients. Throughout, Maangchi suggests substitutions where appropriate and provides tips based on her readers’ questions.

Korean Cooking: A Cookbook of Authentic Recipes of Korea

By Samantha Schwartz

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Korean Cooking: A Cookbook of Authentic Recipes of Korea
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Korean cuisine has become quite popular because it is both healthy and delicious. Obesity rates in South Korea is amongst the lowest at just 3.5% - unlike the US where rates are exceeding 35% - that demonstrates just how healthy the Korean diet is. Korean cuisine is largely based on rice, vegetables, and meats. Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. Kimchi, which is a spicy fermented vegetable side dish, is almost always served at every meal. Commonly used ingredients include sesame oil, doenjang (fermented bean paste), soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes, gochujang (fermented red chili paste) and cabbage. Ingredients and dishes vary by province. Many regional dishes have become national, and dishes that were once regional have proliferated in different variations across the country. Korean royal court cuisine once brought all of the unique regional specialties together for the royal family. Korean Cooking brings to your kitchen this healthy cuisine. Check out some of these delicious recipes: Shrimp Rice Soup Dried Codfish Soup Beef Brisket and Tripe Soup Chicken and Ginseng Soup Rice and Beef Noodle Soup Beef Bulgogi Korean BBQ Short Ribs Korean Chicken Korean Steak Chap Chee Noodles Korean Spicy Marinated Pork Korean Marinated Flank Steak Sweet Grilled Lamb Chops with Spice Korean Roast Chicken Thighs Spicy Korean Chicken and Potato Spicy Cold Noodles Sweet Potato Vermicelli and Beef Stir Fry Spicy Korean Noodles with Egg and Cucumber Noodles with Black Bean Sauce Korean Noodles with Vegetables Korean Chicken Noodle Bowl Korean Cold Noodles Spicy Soba Noodles Hot and Spicy Rice Cake Korean Seafood Pancakes Korean Curry Rice Vegan Bulgolgi Sandwich Zebra Egg Roll Korean Stove Top Walnut Cakes Deep Fried Vegetable Korean Honey Poached Pears Korean Milk Ice Sorbet Korean Rice Cake Skewers Korean Strawberry Kiwi Roll Cake Korean Tapioca Pudding Korean Yakwa Desse Korean Spicy Rice Cake Baked Pears in Wonton Crisps and Honey Healthy Sweet Rice Cake Scroll up and grab your copy of Korean Cooking today!

Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes

By Robin Ha

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Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes
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A New York Times bestseller 

A charming introduction to the basics of Korean cooking in graphic novel form, with 64 recipes, ingredient profiles, and more, presented through light-hearted comics.

 
Fun to look at and easy to use, this unique combination of cookbook and graphic novel is the ideal introduction to cooking Korean cuisine at home. Robin Ha’s colorful and humorous one-to three-page comics fully illustrate the steps and ingredients needed to bring more than sixty traditional (and some not-so-traditional) dishes to life.

In these playful but exact recipes, you’ll learn how to create everything from easy kimchi (mak kimchi) and soy garlic beef over rice (bulgogi dupbap) to seaweed rice rolls (gimbap) and beyond. Friendly and inviting, Cook Korean! is perfect for beginners and seasoned cooks alike who want to try their hand at this wildly popular cuisine.

Each chapter includes personal anecdotes and cultural insights from Ha, providing an intimate entry point for those looking to try their hand at this cuisine.

Seoul Food Korean Cookbook: Korean Cooking from Kimchi and Bibimbap to Fried Chicken and Bingsoo

By Naomi Imatome-Yun

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Learn deliciously authentic Korean cooking, from traditional Korean favorites to modern recipes including Seoul-Style fusion.

Food writer Naomi Imatome-Yun grew up in the American suburbs helping her Korean grandmother cook Korean classics and has spent over 15 years helping Korean Americans and non-Korean Americans alike discover how easy and delectable authentic Korean cooking can be.

Seoul Food Korean Cooking includes:
  • 135 step-by-step recipes for Korean barbecue, kimchi, and more, including Sliced Barbecued Beef (bulgogi) like mom used to make and those Spicy Stir-Fried Rice Cakes (tteokbokki) you loved on your trip to Korea
  • Special chapters for Korean bar food (anju) like Pork Bone Soup (gamjatang) and fusion favorites like Army Base Stew (budae chigae)
  • An overview of Korean cooking and fun tidbits on food customs, table manners, and restaurant dining tips
  • Detailed lists of kitchen essentials, pantry staples, and Korean cooking ingredients, with photos and shopping resources to aid the home chef

Quick & Easy Korean Cooking for Everyone (Quick & Easy Cookbooks Series)

By Ji Sook Choe

Brand: Japan Publications Trading
Released: 2003-08-15
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This book will enable anyone to start cooking Korean cuisine, even beginners.

The Kimchi Cookbook: 60 Traditional and Modern Ways to Make and Eat Kimchi

By Lauryn Chun

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Released: 2012-11-27
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The Kimchi Cookbook: 60 Traditional and Modern Ways to Make and Eat Kimchi
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A DIY cookbook for crafting and cooking with kimchi at home from Mother-In-Law's founder Lauryn Chun, featuring sixty recipes for connoisseurs of the beloved Korean pickle.
 
Following traditional kimchi-making seasons and focusing on produce at its peak, this bold, colorful cookbook walks you step by step through how to make both robust and lighter kimchi. Lauryn Chun explores a wide variety of flavors and techniques for creating this live-culture food, from long-fermented classic winter kimchi intended to spice up bleak months to easy-to-make summer kimchi that highlights the freshness of produce and is ready to eat in just minutes.
 
Once you have made your own kimchi, using everything from tender and delicate young napa cabbage to stuffed eggplant, you can then use it as a star ingredient in Chun’s inventive recipes for cooking with kimchi. From favorites such as Pan-Fried Kimchi Dumplings and Kimchi Fried Rice to modern dishes like Kimchi Risotto, Skirt Steak Ssam with Kimchi Puree Chimichurri, Kimchi Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs, and even a Kimchi Grapefruit Margarita, Chun showcases the incredible range of flavor kimchi adds to any plate.
 
With sixty recipes and beautiful photographs that will have you hooked on kimchi's unique crunch and heat, The Kimchi Cookbook takes the champagne of pickles to new heights.

Quick & Easy Korean Cooking: More Than 70 Everyday Recipes (Gourmet Cook Book Club Selection (Paperback))

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Imagine sitting down to a sumptuous and fragrant dinner of Dumpling Soup with Rice Cakes after a long day of work. And a hot summer afternoon just begs for a picnic basket stocked with Chilled Cucumber Soup, delicate Chicken Skewers with Green Onions, and Seaweed Rice Rolls. Using ingredients that are readily available and techniques already familiar to home cooks, these Korean specialties can easily be dinner any night of the week. With appetizers and snacks, soups and hot pots, side dishes, entrees, rice, noodles, and a whole chapter devoted to kimchi, Quick & Easy Korean Cooking will bring new flavors to the dinner table.

Vegetarian Dishes from My Korean Home: Flavorful Korean Recipes in Simple Steps

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Banchan Story LLC
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Vegetarian Dishes from My Korean Home: Flavorful Korean Recipes in Simple Steps
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This cookbook includes 30 simple, healthy, and flavorful Korean vegetarian recipes (25 of which can be made vegan) along with a photo of each recipe. It is a guide for exploring Korean home cooking that proudly features vegetables at the center.
Find out how fresh, seasonal ingredients meet with a handful of fermented, aged Korean sauces and together, they create a whole spectrum of flavors from deeply hearty to refreshingly piquant. All of the recipes are updated for home cooks in the U.S., and are tagged for common dietary concerns such as vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free, and spicy for easy reference.
You will be able to mix and match different seasonings and ingredients from the recipes in this cookbook and beyond, so you can cook Korean dishes with a few essential Korean ingredients and locally available vegetables. With this cookbook, gain confidence to create your own Korean dishes just like Koreans do!


 
 
 

 
 
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