Black Bean Sauce Noodles

Recipe: Black Bean Sauce Noodles

Summary: Somehow Black Bean Sauce Noodle was believed one of the most authentic Chinese food among Koreans. This is a very popular and affordable dish that you can find easily in a Chinese restaurant in Korea.

Ingredients

  • Chopped cabbage 1/2
  • Chopped potato 1/4
  • Chopped onion 1/2
  • Ground pork 1.5 lb
  • Korean black bean sauce (춘장) 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable oil 1/2 cup
  • Sugar 1T
  • Thick Noodles

Instructions

  1. Pour black bean sauce and oil on a heated pan and stir them for 2 minutes
  2. Put the cooked black bean sauce away, add a bit of oil to the pan and cook the rest of meat and vegetable on the pan
  3. When the meat and vegetable are cooked, add the black bean sauce and sugar back to the pan, and mix them well. Cook them for another minute or 2
  4. Boil water in a pot and cook the noodles
  5. Take the cooked noodles out and put them in a bowl, pour the sauce on the top of the noodles and serve

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4

Pine Nut Porridge

Pine nut porridge

Recipe: Pine nut porridge (잣죽)

Summary: Pine nut porridge is a high-protein porridge that Koreans eat when they are sick or feel under the weather. The benefits of pine nuts are well known. They are believed to help strengthen immune system and digestion. Pine nut porridge doesn’t require many ingredients and it can be a good hot breakfast too.

Ingredients

  • Rice 1/2 cup
  • Pine Nuts 1/3 cup
  • Water 2.5 cups
  • Salt very little

Instructions

  1. Soak 1/2 cup of rice in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes
  2. Blend the rice and water in a blender
  3. Blend the pine nuts with 1/2 cup of water in a blender
  4. Cook the blended rice in a pot and stir it until it slightly gets thickened.
  5. Add the pine nuts to the pot and stir for another 5-10 minutes.
  6. Add salt and serve in a bowl when it is hot.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Korean Radish Salad, Side Dish

Spicy Radish Salad

Recipe: Radish Salad

Korean radish salad is spicy, sour and sweet at the same time. It is a good side dish to serve with meat. Very simple to make. All you need is little patience in slicing radish into a thick string. I like it when it is sweet and sour, but if you want your salad less sweet and more spicy, put less vinegar and more chili powder.

Ingredients

  • Radish 1/2
  • Salt 1t
  • Sugar 1T
  • Korean red chili powder 1t
  • Vinegar 1T
  • Chopped green onion 1t
  • Minced garlic 1t

Instructions

  1. Mix thin-sliced radish with salt and leave it for 10 minutes
  2. Add the rest of ingredients to 1.
  3. You can eat it right after you mix everything well, but I like to keep it in the fridge for half a day before I eat it

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie

Japchae (Chapchae)

Japchae

Recipe: Japchae (잡채)

Summary: Japchae is a stir-fried noodle dish mixed with slightly cooked vegetables. The noodle is made with yam and it looks similar to vermicelli. It is one of most served party foods. You can serve it as a side dish or a main dish. Also you can make Japchae rice by simply putting Japchae on the top of rice.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Dangmyeon (yam noodles)
  • Thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 thinly sliced carrot
  • 1/2 thinly sliced onion
  • 1/2 thinly sliced bell pepper
  • 1/2 thinly sliced sesame leaves
  • soy sauce 3T
  • minced garlic 1T
  • sugar 1T
  • sesame oil 1/2T
  • pepper little bit
  • salt little bit

Instructions

  1. Soak Dangmyeon (noodles) in cold water for 1 hour until the noodles get softened. Drain water.
  2. Stir fry sliced mushrooms and other vegetables separately except sesame leaf.
  3. Stir fry the noodles and all cooked vegetables quickly.
  4. Put them in a big bowl and add sesame leaves.
  5. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, sugar and pepper and mix them well. If it is too blend, add salt.

Preparation time: 1 hour(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Sesame Leaf Kimchi

Recipe: Sesame Leaf Kimchi

Summary: Sesame Leaf Kimchi (kenip kimchi, 깻잎 김치) is a good side dish in summer. If you like fresh flavor of sesame leaves, you definitely should try this.

Sesame leaves kimchi

Ingredients

  • 40 fresh sesame leaves
  • Minced garlic 1T
  • thinly sliced Korean green pepper 1T
  • Soy sauce 1T
  • Chili powder 1T
  • Anchovy sauce 4T (You can get a bottle of anchovy sauce from any Korean grocery store)
  • Sesame oil1t
  • Sugar 1t

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and make the sauce
  2. Place a leaf at the bottom of a container
  3. Spread the sauce on the surface of a sesame leaf
  4. Place 2 leaves on the top of the one you spread the sauce on and spread the sauce.
  5. Repeat Step 4 for all the leaves
  6. Close the container and keep it in the fridge for 1 day
  7. Serve them as a side dish

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4