After months of mostly sticking to the easiest home-cooked meals, it’s like I’m finally making up for lost time. There’s such an array of recipes and flavours to experiment with in this country, and I’m having quite the time recreating classic Korean dishes!
Such as japchae, a crowd-pleasing mix of colourful veggies, egg and/or meat, and chewy sweet potato noodles, mixed with flavourful garlic and sesame oil.
Doenjang jjigae- a hearty soup with a pungent fermented soybean paste as its base. I was a bit alarmed at the strong smell the anchovies and soybean paste produced while simmering, but I’m happy to report that the end result was quite delicious. Simple and delicious breakfast- sauteed veggies, eggs, and kimchi, with a smattering of sesame seeds on top.
For those of you feeling inspired, I highly recommend Maangchi! A Korean-American posting videos from her home in NYC, her recipes are straightforward and authentic. More importantly, every recipe of hers I’ve followed has been successful!
But of course I still like to go out and enjoy meals with friends- in this case, the Meat-ing restaurant in Hongdae. This place offered all the meat you could eat in an hour and a half, with all the standard Korean BBQ sides, for a mere 13,000 won. Samgyeopsal, galbi, marinated meats, mushrooms, kimchi, dumplings, salads- it was well-worth the price.