Kiwi’s Korean Sojourn

This kiwi had a tough time coming to grips with South Korea because it is so different from New Zealand. The language, the food and the sheer number of people crowded into More »

East Asian Food and Diet

China is the largest country in the world and has many different cuisines. Although China stretches across mid-Asia as well as to the east, Chinese food as a whole is considered East More »

Exciting and Fun Korean Recipes

As an Asian cuisine, Korean food uses the staples of rice, fish, and spicy chili peppers. Koreans also eat spicy pickled cabbage called kimchi at every meal. It is made from Chinese More »

Popular Korean Dish For a New Year’s

Tteokguk is traditional Korean food for the celebration of New Year’s Day. It is believed that people have to eat Tteokguk because it is predicted to grant the luck for the forthcoming More »

Foods to Eat For a Healthy Lifestyle

Due to busy daily schedules, more and more people are tending to skip meals. The lack of sufficient nutrients in your body will cause you to suffer from fatigue, stress, insomnia, heartburn, More »

East Asian Food and Diet

China is the largest country in the world and has many different cuisines. Although China stretches across mid-Asia as well as to the east, Chinese food as a whole is considered East Asian food. Throughout most of China, rice is an important food staple. However, in some regions, noodles rather than rice are the foundation of the diet. Most food is prepared by mincing and cooking it, along with a small amount of oil, in a wok.

Within China there are three distinct regional cuisines: Shanghainese, whose regional food is known for its hot and spicy chili pepper flavoring and distinctive red-colored meats. Cantonese and Chaozhao regions associated with flavorful meat and vegetable combinations. Beijing, Mandarin, and Shandong regions serve noodles and steamed bread dumplings used instead of rice as the foundation of most meals.

Japan is an island nation and much of its food uses fish and fish-based ingredients. Rice is a staple in Japanese cooking as are sliced, salted vegetables. Soy products such as tofu, soy sauce and soy paste called miso are used in many dishes. Foods of Japan also include sushi, meats flavored with

The Spicy Hot Foods of Korean Cuisine

Generally, many places that you will find hot and spicy food around the world have a couple of things in common. These locations are usually tropical and/or hot places, geographically, or they were part of a major spice route centuries ago. Korea is neither tropical or hot, having a rather cold climate overall. Nor has it ever been on a major spice route.

Without any of these traits, Korea is said to have the highest per capita consumption of chiles in the world. So how did this Korean love of hot and spicy food come about? The chile made it’s first appearance in the region in China in the 12th century, where it is believed to have been introduced by the Portuguese. They introduced the Chinese to the hot pepper, and from there some seeds made it from China into Korean hands, and on into Korea. There is also a belief that the chile was brought over by the Dutch to Korea much later, around the 17th century.

Even before the arrival of the chile, Korea was already preparing food that was spicy. The pungency of Korean food

Korean Bulgogi BBQ

Cheap BBQ is great. Cheap Korean BBQ is just something a little different and fun when you want to mix it up a bit. Your Girlfriend/Boyfriend/”Life Partner” will love it!

My best suggestion is that before actually attempt to do Korean BBQ, go to a nice cheap Korean BBQ place in your city when you get a chance and experience it for yourself. There are pretty much two options at the places I have gone to. You have your dishes prepared in the kitchen such as your stir fry’s and soups. The staff will sit you at a table and take your order and bring it out to you. The other option is to have the staff sit you at a table with a BBQ hot plate in the middle. You then order your marinated raw meat and cook it yourself on the table.

To get a really good idea of the whole experience, I suggest going a bunch of times so you can really understand what it is all about. Any excuse to keep going back is good enough for me. Also, make sure you go with some

Kiwi’s Korean Sojourn

This kiwi had a tough time coming to grips with South Korea because it is so different from New Zealand. The language, the food and the sheer number of people crowded into the cities was all a little overwhelming. My article will look at these areas in a little more depth to gain insight into what is a fascinating land of extremes.

Never having been exposed to Asian languages I felt thoroughly confused by Korean writing when first encountering it. It helped having an English translation under the Hangeul words everywhere I looked so it was not long before I had some Korean place names committed to memory. I then began to learn the Korean alphabet and how to pronounce the letters. As I walked to the subway and down the street I often read Korean words aloud and was pleasantly surprised when I discovered English words written in Korean. I could understand these but Chinese characters used in Korean (Hanja) were a different story. I eagerly bought books on the subject though and began devouring the meanings of Chinese characters.

Korean food is very spicy. Koreans use a lot of red pepper paste and hot

Exciting and Fun Korean Recipes

As an Asian cuisine, Korean food uses the staples of rice, fish, and spicy chili peppers. Koreans also eat spicy pickled cabbage called kimchi at every meal. It is made from Chinese cabbage, or, bok choi, treated with garlic, ginger, and spicy chili paste and fermented all winter before being enjoyed in the spring. Kimchi making is an annual tradition that is seen as an important part of Korean family life.

Korean recipes are very similar to their Japanese counterparts, though they are often distinguished by extra flavor and kick. Korean foods can be some of the spiciest in the world.

The national food of Korea is Bibbimbap, or, rice mixed with vegetables. This food comes from the ancient city, Jeonju, in North Jeolla province. The best Bibbimbap is still said to come from this region. It is rice covered with assorted vegetables, chili paste, and occasionally diced beef. Korean mixed rice can also be served in a searing stone bowl lined with sesame oil. The rice gets crispy, and a whole raw egg can be cracked over the rice. The heat from the stone bowl will cook the egg when it is mixed. A steaming

Popular Korean Dish For a New Year’s

Tteokguk is traditional Korean food for the celebration of New Year’s Day. It is believed that people have to eat Tteokguk because it is predicted to grant the luck for the forthcoming year and for him or her to supposedly gain an extra year of life. Eating one bowl of Tteokguk in the morning of New Year’s Day means that you get one year older. The first day of the New Year is the new beginning for all formation.

People begin eating Tteokguk cooked from white rice cake (Tteok) to signify the day’s pure and solemn nature. Why is rice cake round? Some people say it was shaped after coins to bring people prosperity and some people say it shaped after the sun. According to a 19th century handbook on traditions, the history of eating rice cake soup dates back to the late 18th century.

It is significant to make a good broth for this dish to be tasty. Beef brisket is boiled for several hours and the stock is strained to clarify the broth. Long rice cake sticks are thin-sliced diagonally and boiled in the clear beef broth. The rice cake slices should be cooked

Foods to Eat For a Healthy Lifestyle

Due to busy daily schedules, more and more people are tending to skip meals. The lack of sufficient nutrients in your body will cause you to suffer from fatigue, stress, insomnia, heartburn, and various other symptoms.

The following are 7 recommended foods you can eat to prevent these symptoms and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Watermelon Seeds
Watermelon contains a lot of citrulline, a kind of amino acid that facilitates urination. Therefore, it is perfect for people with reduced kidney function or for people who often experience swelling. It suppresses cancer and prevents the accumulation of impurities in the blood vessels. Also, it helps to eat the seeds and the fruit of the watermelon together, without spitting out the seeds, as they play a role in reducing cholesterol. Lycopene, which gives the fruit its red color, eliminates harmful active oxygen in the body and plays a role in cancer resistance. The amount of lycopene in watermelon is about 3~6 times that in tomato or red wine.

Egg Yolks
Eggs have been praised as the most perfect protein on earth. They are known to increase cholesterol levels but if people eat only the white part, cholesterol

Korean Thanksgiving

Chusok, sometimes Romanized as Chuseok, is often called Korean Thanksgiving. It is one of Korea’s main holidays, and is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth month by the Lunar Calendar. This Harvest Moon Festival is over 2,000 years old, and is a traditional time for Koreans to thank their ancestors for the year’s harvest. It is celebrated over a three day period, and viewing the full moon is a feature in the evenings.

I remember my first Chusok in the 1980s when a Korean family invited me and a couple of friends to Chusok dinner. I remember the one thing that stands out for all of the Chusok dinners I’ve enjoyed since, plates and bowels full of great food. For anyone who enjoys Korean food, Chusok and New Year’s are the holidays you want to attend in Korea. The food is outstanding!

Chusok and New Year’s are also the most popular holidays in Korea, and unfortunately, that means unbelievable traffic. I’ve visited during the holiday and traveled with in-laws to our family gathering, and the traffic is definitely one of the down sides. Highways and roads are jammed as people journey to visit families

Quick & Easy Korean Cooking

I love Korean food and found “Quick & Easy Korean Cooking” by Cecila Hae-Jin Lee to be a nice little cook book full of Korean recipes. My wife is Korean, and she liked it too. (Just because she is Korean does not mean she knows how to cook every Korean dish without a reference)

The photographs in the book are great, especially some of the ones from different places in Korea. However, I would have really liked to have had a picture of each dish that was in the cook book. My wife commented that she would have liked a picture of each dish too.

The recipes are divided into the following categories: Appetizers and Snacks, Soups and Hot Pots, Small Side Dishes, Chicken Beef and Pork, Fish and Shellfish, Kimchi and Other Pickled Things, Rice, Noodles, and Sweets and Drinks. There are short chapters on sauces and other basics, quick and easy Korean menus, and some other resources on the Internet and other books. The beginning of the book also included some notes on Korean food, a glossary of Korean ingredients and useful utensils for cooking Korean food.

Each recipe has the Korean name

Try the Korean Diet to Lose Weight

South Koreans have one of the lowest obesity rates amongst people in the developed world. Koreans pay a lot of attention to their appearance. This alone is good reason to try and incorporate the Korean diet to lose weight. It is based upon fresh vegetables, a lot of seafood, lean meats and plenty of spices.

You first have to see if there is a restaurant in the vicinity of your home that can help you with the Korean food. Once you can set up a running order with them you are good to go.

Korean food is packed with colors, textures and flavors. Two of their favorite meals are rice bowl with vegetables and noodle soup with vegetables (onmyeon). They have a very healthy practice of providing lots of vegetables as accompaniments to meat dishes.

The diet contains lots of seafood and lean meats. They do not deep fry their food, preferring to stir fry it or have it in soups and broths. The other characteristic of Korean food is its extreme spiciness. This boosts up your metabolism and makes you more active.

Kimchi, a Korean staple made of fermented cabbage and sometimes radish,

A Easy Way to Cook Korean Food

Vegetable pancake (ya chae jeon)

Or Korean pizza, which I like to call this! Obviously, I love pizza. I can’t deny that and the Korean version is a classic Korean food. And no, you won’t find melted cheese with pepperoni but something crispy with some seafood. I remember eating this in Korea with some soju (Korean liquor). I could not get enough of it! Although there a lot of different versions in restaurants. This Korean Recipe is the basic one.

Ingredients: ½ cup of flour, 2/3 cup of water, 2/3 cup of chopped scallops or other seafood, green onions, asian chives (or regular chives if you can’t find), zucchini , green chili pepper, 1 ts salt, 1 egg, vegetable oil.

Let’s cooking the yummy Korean Recipe:

* Place ½ cup of flour, 1 ts salt, 2/3 cup of water in a big bowl and mix it.

* Chop ½ cup of green onions, 1 cup of asian chives and shred ½ cup of zucchini.

* Put chopped vegetables into the mixture of flour and water and mix it up.

* Chop 2/3 cup scallop. I put also some mini shrimp of same amount.

Korean Food Recipe You Need to Try Tonight

The word “bibim” means “mixed” and “bap” means “rice”. This mixed rice dish is traditionally served in a bowl where warm rice is topped with seasoned vegetables, meat, egg and the fermented chili pepper paste called “gochujang” [go-choo-gyang]. There are many variations of Bibimbap, depending on toppings and the type of dish it’s served in. Dolsot Bibimbap is served in a sizzling hot stone pot, making the bottom of the rice golden brown and crispy as you eat. You can even have it with sushi grade raw fish or sautéed calamari.

Here is a Korean Food: Bibimbap recipe you can try tonight. Also great for surprising dinner party guests by letting them put together whatever combination they want with different ingredients you prepared beforehand. Your guests will be impressed with your exotic culinary skill but it’s so easy and simple!

Korean Food: Bibimbap with marinated flank steak and gochujang date sauce (SERVES 4)


For Gochujang Date Sauce

  • 1/2 cup gochujang (sold in Asian/Korean market)
  • 3 medjool dates, socked in warm water to peel the skin and pitted
  • 1 TBS ground toasted sesame seeds
  • 6 TBS water

For the marinade

  • 4 TBS soy sauce
  • 2 TBS

Travel For Great Korean Food

There are many places to travel in California to taste delicious food because of the variety that California presents to its inhabitants. However, if you are looking for great Korean food, you would have to go to the Downtown Los Angeles vicinity. Not only is there a whole little “town” dedicated to the Korean culture and lifestyle, there are many things for everyone to enjoy and to become part of Korea. Here are some great places where you can eat great food in Los Angeles County.

A great place to eat in Rowland Heights is called Ong Ga Nae. This place is a Korean BBQ restaurant, but is not only limited to meat. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money and want to eat to your heart’s content, then you should get the unlimited deal that allows you to eat endlessly for around fifteen dollars. They also have Soon Du Bu Chigae, which is spicy tofu stew, as well as Dwen Jang Chigae, which is bean paste stew.

If you’re looking for a great sushi place, you will have to go to Yuki Yama. Their food is delicious for the price that they offer, which is

The Most Popular Among All Korean Food

Kimchi is the most famous and basic Korean food. Koreans eat Kimchi in almost every meal and every day.

Kimchi is a traditional Korean fermented dish with various vegetables. It is known for the source of nutrients and to help digestion and restraining the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestines. It is an excellent functional food with numerous physiological functions such as having an anti-oxidation and anti-aging function, and anti-cancer effect. Main ingredient such as Baechoo (Chinese cabbage) is good for colorectal cancer and garlic is good for prevention of stomach cancer. In addition, Kimchi can prevent lung cancer because of its high content of beta-carotene. Also spicy ingredient like pepper eliminates nicotine from the surface of the lungs, This is why the US magazine Health named Kimchi in its list of top five “World’s Healthiest Foods” for being rich in vitamins, aiding digestion, and even possibly retarding cancer growth. Its nutritional value and effects have been proved scientifically.

The word “Kimchi” is from Chimchae which means pickled vegetables. Therefore in the broad point of view, all fermented food by pickled can be seen as Kimchi. Nutritionally Kimchi is a food that has low calories

Taste Of Korean Food

I have done some studies on Korean food and here are my findings from Korean food experts.

When asked about the taste of their food, Korean eagerly recite the phrase “Hanguk umsikun sackom, dalkom, maekom hago olkun, tchahtchal, ssubssul, kkosohan masida” – Korean food is pleasantly sour, sweet, hot, burning hot, salt, bitter and nutty.

Sourness derives mainly from grain vinegar, herbs, and certain fruits. From honey, grain syrup (before sugar was widely used in Korea), and fruits like pears and jujube comes its sweetness (dolkom).

Sweet and spicy hotness (maekom) gives the food its aggressive exuberance originating from Korean hot peppers. “Deliciously burning hot” (olkunham) is the ultimate expression of delight for Korean hot pepper (afioionados), signifying a spiciness so explosive it can make the diner breaks into a sweat.

Soy sauce or other salty seasoning gives the right touch of salt (tchabtchalham).

The agreeable bitterness (ssubssulham) comes from ginger, ginseng, berries, seeds and certain vegetable and herbs

Nuttiness (kkosoham) comes from a variety of indigenous nuts and seeds including pine nuts, chestnuts, walnuts, gingko nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.

These combinations of food taste have certainly

Healthy and Delicious Korean Food

How often is it that you eat something that is both completely satisfying and nourishing? That is why I love Korean food: It fills me up, and it makes me strong. Besides, it is delicious. By “completely satisfying,” I mean that your appetite was sated; you could not eat another bite. A slice of watermelon can be completely satisfying — if a meal was eaten not long before. That meal might have consisted of lots of greasy, salty, low-nourishment food.

When was the last time you ate an entire meal that filled you up without damaging your heart with salt and fat or loading you up with empty carbohydrates? If you are honest about it, you will probably have to admit that it has been a long time.

Korean food is flavorful, colorful, and meaty, but it also nourishes the body like few other cuisines. Eating Korean barbeque can be a real eye-opener because you wrap each morsel of meat in antioxidant-rich leaves and spiced up with tiny slices of garlic. On the side you always get probiotic Kimchi, rich in lactic acid, and usually hot green chili peppers full of vitamin C. The best side dish might

Strange Korean Foods

Having spent the better part of five years in Korea you can believe I’ve eaten plenty of strange Korean foods.

Live octopus? Sure. Tube worm? You bet. Pickled jellyfish? Delicious.

These are all fine examples of curious Korean cuisine and worth a try if you find yourself in the Land of Morning Calm. Granted, they may not be as accessible as, say, a hamburger or fried chicken, but they’re lots more interesting!

If you’re looking for a more adventurous meal let me recommend one of my favorite strange Korean foods.

Pig Guts Soup

Chances are even if you know next to nothing about Korean food you’ve at least heard of kimchi and Korean barbecue. Both are deserving of their fame and a definite treat for the taste buds.

Korean barbecue is particularly delicious: Imagine meaty cuts of pig that fall somewhere between pork chops and bacon in taste and consistency grilled right at your table. A fabulous foody experience.

But after you’ve butchered a pig for barbecuing there’s still plenty of meat leftover. From the hooves to Wilbur’s inner-workings, you’ve got lots of good eating still to do.

Koreans are

The Cultural Reflection of Korea

A culture always has its own unique trait that separates them from all others, even when it comes to food. For famous cultures, when you talk about their food, you will always have one dish that would come to mind. For Korean culture, we often think of kimchi almost automatically. It’s because this is the staple side dish. Together with rice, kimchi accompanies every meal. There are a lot of other Korean foods that gained fame among the tourists and the food enthusiasts. It’s not only kimchi that makes the Korean cuisine more unique but it is considered to be an important part of their culture because this is made at a certain season in large quantities to sustain them until that season comes again. The time for making kimchi is termed “kimchang”.

For many centuries, Koreans have been eating sea food, products in the fields and mountains. Their food is special and exotic. The distinguishing factor of a Korean food is the amount of spice there is. Korean food is usually spicy. Their basic seasonings include red pepper, soy sauce, green onion, garlic, sesame, bean past, vinegar and wine to mention a few. Korean foods have

The Best of Korean Food in New York

Korean food has always been synonymous with Kimchi, Bibimbap and barbecues at the table. Over the last few years Korean culture has been building steam all over New York City. Many Korean restaurants in New York have set up shop in a tiny slice of the city called Koreatown. This jam-packed neighborhood boasts of the best spas, delicious Korean barbecues and mouth watering Korean food in NY.

Here you will find authentic Korean food options ranging from fine dine, fast food, casual dining and the best Korean delivery in NY. Restaurants in K-town have definitely gone and put Korea on the map with their take on traditional food as well as a modern approach, showcasing their culture on the plate.

If you are into karaoke, Koreatown is the place to be. After enjoying a few drinks along with Karaoke you can enjoy a great Korean meal at the restaurants in Koreatown. Many restaurants here have been in the business for more than a quarter century and are the go-to place for many Karaoke-ers. A few restaurants are open 24 hours and serve authentic Korean comfort food to its diners.

One of the most famous dishes

What Makes Korean Food

Korean food is well-known globally for being spicy, flavourful and delicious. But did you know that Korean cuisine also offers numerous health benefits? Korean cuisine is so healthy that South Korea boasts of an obesity rate of just 3.5 percent. Now, contrast that obesity rate with the likes of the United States (34.4%), the U.K (25%), Mexico (30%) and New Zealand (25%).

Many may attribute such low obesity rate to genetics of Asians in comparison with Caucasians – the latter being bigger in build than the former etc. – but that’s not true either. Koreans are healthier than many people largely because of their diet, proof of which is the Cambridge World History of Food’s report that the average Korean meal contains 13 percent less fat than those found in the diets of Americans and Europeans.

General Health Benefits of Korean Cuisine

Aside from the fact that Korean food lends itself well to a non-obese population, it also offers many other health benefits. Said benefits to good health will not come as a surprise once the ingredients, condiments and materials used as well as the cooking tools, techniques and technologies applied are considered.