When I was younger, I thought Korean food had a good amount of vegetarian options. We eat a lot of meat but there are also many side dishes that looked vegetarian. As I got older and started cooking, it was surprising to realize how little is available for vegetarians and vegans. Salted
Yeolchajib is not just an ordinary pancake place, it is one of the few surviving restaurants from pimatgol, a lost alley in Seoul. Pimatgol is the name given to a narrow back alley in Jongno back in Joseon Dynasty. Back then, the nobles would ride their horses or carriages on the main Jongno
With the Japanese occupation followed by the Korean War, the peninsula had suffered countless loss of historic gems over the past hundred years. Many restaurants, eateries, and jumak (peasants’ bar), carrying memories and stories of ordinary people in history, disappeared in the ashes of destruction. That is why Imun is special. A sole
Mun Hwa Og may be just another old seolleongtang restaurant in Seoul, but there are number of reasons why this place is worth a visit. Since its opening in 1952, the restaurant stood in the exact same spot for past sixty-five years, unlike other old restaurants on the list that were forced
For mainland Koreans, yukgaejang is a hot, spicy beef stew. The brownish-red broth is the result of generous amount of chili powder. The slices of beef, leeks, and strands of gosari, the baby bracken fern, make up the popular hangover soup.
Love it or hate it. The fast-fermented soybean paste is notorious for its stink but also a widely-known health food. The strong, pungent odour is the result of simple, brief fermentation process. The more popular dwenjang, fermented soybean paste, usually takes a lot longer to produce and can be preserved for longer
Jeju is an island–the biggest island in South Korea. Largehead hairtail, or cutlass fish, is the one that comes to mind when Koreans are asked to name one seafood that represents the island. Jeju galchi is so famous that the name itself became a brand that usually followed by ridiculously high price.