Monday, May 14, 2012
5 Korean Dishes to Know - Interview with The Daily Meal
Did I ever tell you I'm a special contributor to The Daily Meal? Isn't that cool? Today, I'm very excited to share my interview with The Daily Meal on the basics of Korean cuisine. I'm sharing the interview portion here, but please make sure to visit the Daily Meal and read the full article.
For someone who is new to Korean cuisine, what five dishes would you suggest cooking?
Bulgogi is the first one that comes to my mind. Bulgogi is one of the most well-known dishes. It is made with thin slices of beef marinated in a slightly sweet soy-based sauce. The same marinade can also be used for chicken or pork.
Pajeon is a savory Korean pancake made with scallions. This is also very simple to make. Throw in some scallions and seafood (usually a combination of squid, shrimp, mussels, oysters, and clams) into the flour-based batter and pan-fry until crispy. In no time, you’ll have one of Koreans’ favorite snacks/appetizers.
Japchae is a traditional noodle dish made with sweet potato starch noodles (dangmyeon) as well as beef and vegetables. The cooking process seems involved because the ingredients are separately cooked to develop the layers of flavor, but each step in the process is very simple for this delicious and colorful dish.
Bibimbap is another great dish to make. It’s basically a collection of several easy-to-make side dishes (banchan) using common vegetables such as spinach, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, bean sprouts, etc. Again, the recipe does seem long, but it’s not difficult at all. This is a good way to learn how to make a few simple side dishes.
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