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Kimbap (dried seaweed rice roll)

I made the very simple type with several regular fillings: egg, green vegetable, sausage, and carrot.

1, Beat 2 eggs in a bowl, add in 1 pinch salt, Stir well. Brush pan with oil. Heat it. Add in egg mixture and stir the pan to make a thin plat disk. Flip over when the down side solidifies. and fry for a little while. Cut the egg disk into strips.

2, Boil sausage in water till cooked. And cut into strips.

3, Blanch green veggies in water.

4, Stir fry carrot strips till a bit soft.

5, Put cooked rice in a big bowl, season with a little salt and sesame oil.

6, Put bamboo sheet at the bottom layer. Then dried seaweed over it. Rice on the bottom, and arrange egg, carrot, green vegetables and carrot, sausage over rice. Remember to leave 1/4 space of seaweed blank with no rice.

7, Roll it and squeeze hard at the same time till roll to the end.

8, Cut the roll into slices.

Serve with sauce you like.


Homemade Kimchi

I used 1 big Chinese cabbage, about 300g.

  1. Cut it into halves, then quarters. Remove the root. And chop it into smaller pieces.
  2. Put them all in a big basin. Add in 1 cup water and 6 tbsp salt.
  3. Let them marinate in salty water for 2 hours. Remember to flip and toss them a bit every 30 mins. After 2 hours, rinse them under water and drain.
  4. For the base: Prepare a sauce pan, add in 2 tbsp flour and 1 cup water. Warm it yo with low heat and keep stirring till it becomes very condensed.
  5. Pour the flour paste into the blender, together with 1 chopped onion, 1 tbsp ginger, 8 garlic cloves and 2 tbsp fish sauce. Mix them well and smooth.
  6. Pour the base into a big basin. Add in 1/2 cup chili powder. If you like it to be very spicy, you can add more. Mix well.
  7. Cut 1 medium carrot into shreds. 5 or 6 stalks spring onion into smaller pieces.
  8. Put all the vegetables into the basin and mix with base.


Store them in air tight container.

Jajangmyeon (Korean noodles in black bean sauce)


  1. Prepare pork and vegetables. Cut 100g pork (you can also use chicken, if you want.) into dice. 1/8 head cabbage, 1/2 onion, 1/1 stalk of green onion all chop into small dices.
  2. Heat a pan. Add in 3 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp chunjang (black bean paste). Stir fry for about 3 mins. Discard the oil and set the paste aside for later use.
  3. Heat the pan again, add in 1 tbsp oil. Drop in pork dices. stir fry for a while till pork turns a big golden brown. Sprinkle black pepper.
  4. Add in cabbage, onion and green onion. I also added in a little chopped eggplant.
  5. Stir fry till all the vegetables turns softened.
  6. Add in 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp sugar. Stir well.
  7. Add all the black bean paste in. Mix all ingredients well.
  8. Pour in 1/2 1 cup stock (or water). Simmer for a little while, till everything is fully cooked. And also the sauce reduced.
  9. Mix 1 tbsp starch in 2 tbsp water. drizzle it into the pan.
  10. Stir to thicken the sauce.
  11. Serve noodle with sauce and cucumber shreds.

And give it a good mix.

Spicy Sticky Rice Cake (Tteokbokki)

It’s a Korean style dish. I love almost all the food made from sticky rice.

For the sticky rice cake, I bought from supermarket. It’s vacuum pack. Sticky rice cake is very hard and dry. So first, I need to soak them in water and separate them. To make it easier, I also boil them in water for several mins until they get really big and fat and soft. Soak them in cold water and drain.

Prepare sauce: 2 tbsp Korean chili paste, 1/2 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1/2 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp syrup. Mix them well.

  1. Heat a pan. Add in a little oil. Saute 2 cloves of chopped garlic and slices of 1 onion till aromatic.
  2. Add in sauce, and pour in 1/2 1 cup water/stock. Stir to let the sauce dissolve evenly.
  3. Put in drained rice cake and sausage slices. Boil till sticky rice cake float in the pan and completely soft. (About 5 mins).
  4. Add in cabbage slices. Simmer for another 3 mins. Just to prevent all the sticky rice cake sicking together, please keep stirring. If the sauce is too dry, please feel free to add more water/stock.
  5. Spread in chopped spring onion. And ready to serve.

It’s very simple. And you can add more or less chili paste according to your taste.

Very chewy gooey.

Radish Kimchi

Don’t know why I am so obsessed with spicy kimchi recently. There happens to be a radish in the fridge, so I decide to make radish kimchi by myself.

1. Prepare a radish. Mine is about 250g. Peel it and chop it into small cubes. Place them in a big bowl and sprinkle 1 tablespoon salt. Leave it there for 1 hour. Drain them, because a lot of water will come out from the radish.

2. Put 1 pear (core removed), 8-10 cloves of garlic, 10g ginger into blend. Blend them till very smooth.

3. Add chili powder (according to your taste) to the pear paste and stir well.

4. Put all the radish in a big bowl, add add in chopped spring onion. Then pour the paste into the bowl. Toss a bit to mix them well.


5. Prepare a jar or a container. Boil in water first to be sterilized. Dry it. Put radish kimchi into it. Lid on but don’t close too tight. Leave it there for several hours to ferment. Then close tightly and store in the fridge.


Korean Style Fried Chicken

My husband is a big fried chicken lover. He loves all kinds of fried chicken, American style, Japanese style, or Korean style. Or maybe he just loves chicken. As I mentioned before, every time when I ask him what he want for lunch, his answer is always Teriyaki Chicken. I don’t know if there is a special setting in his brain. He just pushed that “my wife asks my opinion on the meal again” button, and his mouth just opened and spited the word “Teriyaki Chicken” out. Actually, most time I just ask him, but whether adopting his opinion or not is another thing. 🙂

Back to the fried chicken. 🙂 I found a pack of chicken drumsticks  in the fridge. To me, chicken drumsticks are ideal to cook fried chicken. Since they are not so skinny as chicken wings or not so hard-to-cook as chicken legs.

  1. Wash chicken drumsticks (my pack contains 8 ) clean and drain them.
  2. Put all the drumsticks in a big bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 black pepper. Also chop a small piece of ginger and add in. Mix them well.
  3. Roll drumsticks in potato starch. Let each one be coated with a thin starch layer and shake off the excess.
  4. Prepare frying oil. I didn’t measure the temperature of the oil. I just grab the bone end of one drumstick and slightly dip it into the oil. If a lot of bubbles show up around it and you can hear the sizzling, the temperature is OK. Gently slide the drumstick into the oil. For the whole frying process, I keep the low-medium heat. To make sure chicken is cooked thoroughly,  frying may take 10-13 mins.
  5. Heat up the oil and fry again to get crispy out layer and golden brown color.

After frying twice, the outside shell is very hard.

Next step is to make sauce:

Heat a pan. Add in 1/2 tablespoon oil. Saute 2 or 3 chopped garlic cloves. If you want your chicken to be spicy, add in a little chopped dried chili. Then add in 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Turn to low heat and reduce the sauce a bit.

Add all fried chicken into the sauce. Stir to mix them well.


Chicken will be coated with sticky and shiny tasty sauce.

My husband cannot stop licking his finger.

I was thinking maybe someday if I don’t want to do what I am doing now, I can open a fried chicken restaurant to make money instead. :p

Kimchi Fried Rice


2 tablespoon chopped kimchi

1 tablespoon kimchi juice

1 cup leftover rice

1 chopped sauce

1 tsp Korean chili paste

Chopped spring onion

1 tablespoon water



1. Add 1 tablespoon kimchi juice into leftover rice. Stir a bit with chopsticks to separate rice grains.

2. Heat a little oil in the pan. Add in sausage dice. Stir fry till a bit brownish.

3. Add in chopped kimchi. Stir fry till aromatic.

4. Add in all the leftover rice. Quickly stir with spatula.

5. Dissolve Korean chili paste in 1 tablespoon water. Then sprinkle into rice. Stir fry evenly.

6. Season with salt and garnish with chopped spring onion.

Korean Army Stew

It’s really like spicy one-pot dish.

1. Prepare ingredients. Vegetables you like. I chose onion, mushroom, Chinese cabbage, tofu and sausage. Cut them into smaller pieces and place them in the pot.

2. Prepare sauce:

2 tablespoon Korean chili paste, 1 tablespoon light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon water. Mix them well.

3. Pour sauce into the pot. Pour in stock which can reach half height of the ingredients.

4. Turn on the heat. When all ingredients are almost cooked. Add in instant noodles and 1 piece of cheese along with some kimchi.

Wait till noodles are cooked, ready to serve.

Kimchi Pancake


1/2 cup chopped kimchi

1 small chopped onion

1 1/2 tbsp kimchi juice

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1/8 cup water

1/2 cup flour

Put all ingredients into a bowl. Mix them very well.

Heat a pan. Add in a little more oil than usual. When the oil is hot, put the kimchi batter in.

Use a spoon or spatula to flatten the pancake.

When the bottom turns golden and crispy, gently flip the pancake over. Fry the other side till golden and crispy.

Finally, fry each side for another 30 seconds. Cut into pieces and serve.

Homemade Kimchi

I love Chinese cabbage. I also love spicy food. There is no reason for me not to love kimchi. Kimchi can be easily bought from supermarket. Yet, I still want to try to make it by myself.

1. Prepare a head of Chinese cabbage. Remove the root. 

2. Cut cabbage into 4 part. And rinse under water. Clean each leaf.

3. Sprinkle salt ( I used sea salt) onto each layer. Let it rest for 2-3 hours.

4. In saucepan, pour into 1 cup water. Add in 2 tablespoon glutinous rice powder. Heat and stir at the same time. When the glutinous Rice powder dissolved, add in chili powder. You can taste when you add it. Stop when you think it’s spicy enough. Stir evenly.

5. Off the stove, add minced garlic, minced ginger, minced 1/2 pear and minced 1/2 apple. Mix them well.

The chili sauce is done.

6. Pour the water come from cabbage out. Rinse cabbage with water to wash the salt away. And squeeze the Chinese cabbage very hard.

7. Put the cabbage in a clean container. Spread chili sauce evenly on each layer of cabbage.

Finish with all the Chinese cabbage.

Make a label on the container with the date on it. 

You can have it after 3 days. Love it!

Good to go with BBQ pork or gyoza.