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Your guide to hosting #KoreanFoodWednesday in a foreign land

 

If you want to make a nice #KoreanFoodWednesday for yourself and your family, here’s a simple guide for you based on my experience in America. This can be applied in anywhere in the world.

I will guide you to have a table full of exotic – could be, Korean food but not so difficult to prepare. Follow my lead, and be prepared to enjoy.

We are going to make a really common way of dining table – various side dishes, one main dish and the basic – a bowl of rice and soup. Pork for the main dish, and several types of Kimchi for the soup and the side dish.

You might need a little help from Asian or even better, Korean supermarket. Basic ingredients are just same. Rice, vegetables, meat, various sauce, and some more vegetables. But you know, certain places use certain types of certain things.

¤ Friendly Warning: Not vegetarian friendly.

 

Pork

Pork is pork. But, there are many different ways to prepare pork. We bought pork belly (sam gyup sal) and pork neck (mok sal). These are not in American market.

 

Vegetable

Green pepper (I saw in the market they call it ‘Korean pepper), lettuce, mushroom (a type Koreans call Paeng-i busut) and sesame leaf – get these in Asian / Korean supermarket. These are commonly use in Korea in any occasion.

And some extra: Garlic and onion

 

Rice

Rice is the most basic and very important part of Korean meal. Rice grows everywhere in the world but as we know, there are many different types. Any rice would be fine but if you want to make it more authentic, buy the one says ‘Korean rice’, or ‘Sushi rice’.

Cook it in the rice cooker, if you don’t have one, cook it using pot and try to cook it as not to much water in it.

 

White rice - Korean style

 

Kimchi

This, you have to get it from Korean supermarket. Of course there’s recipe so you can make it but the ingredients for Kimchi is hard to find in foreign country. Get cabbage Kimchi because this is the most common type, and get other types according to your taste. We got cucumber Kimchi.

 

Kimchi

 

cucumber kimchi

 

Side dish and extra

Garlic stem in the pack: one of many-many-many side dishes in Korea. These are almost same as pickle but the ingredient is garlic stem. They sell this in a pack. It is not spoiled easily- just like pickles.

Anchovy: widely use for making soup stock. And a common snack for beer.

Cooked sesame seed: Mostly using to make food pretty. Nice little touch at the end after put food in a bowl.

 

Garlic stem

 

With the same ingredients we made two meals.

 

First.

#KoreanFoodWednesday!

 

Main dish: Multi-cultural pork dish with pork’s neck with red wine + say sauce + honey and vegetables (onion, pepper, garlic, carrot).

 

Multi-cultural pork dish

 

Side dish: Garlic stem, cabbage Kimchi, cucumber Kimchi on little bowls

 

And a bowl of rice and Kimchi soup

 

Second.

 

Main dish: Grilled or fried pork belly + eat it with pepper, garlic, sesame leaf, onion, mushroom – try wrap everything up with lettuce.

Put a single lettuce or/and sesame leaf on your palm, a bit of rice, a piece of meat, garlic stem and whatever you want, wrap and eat! Simple as that.

 

Side dish: Garlic stem, cabbage Kimchi, cucumber Kimchi on little bowls

 

And a bowl of rice and Kimchi soup.
Kimchi soup

 

 

So we made two meals out of same groceries. There you have it, your guide to hosting #KoreanFoodWednesday in a foreign land. Easy, huh? 🙂

Feel free to ask me if you have any questions.

 

Mission accomplished!

 

 

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

9 Comments

  1. Leslie says:

    Thanks for the warning for us vegetarians 🙂 I’m impressed you put together this impressive looking meal! In NYC and the NY suburbs we have many Asian markets, including huge supermarket chains. It’s easy to find these ingredients, but I usually don’t buy them since I don’t know how to use garlic stem and other Korean ingredients. You’ve inspired me to check them out!

  2. Looks delicious! And well beyond my cooking skills 🙂

    Who got to enjoy KoreanFoodWednesday with you?

  3. That all looks so delicious! I agree with you about buying rather making kimchi. I tried to make it once but the cabbage started to rot rather than ferment. I need to have an expert show me how it’s done I think =)

  4. Tom says:

    Ooh, I like this idea a lot!

    I’m wanting to introduce bibimbap to my family when I go back to the UK. I’d love for them to try kimchi – but I know it’ll be impossible to find in my city in northern England.

    Maybe I’ll pack some of it (and some gochujang) in my suitcase haha!

    • Juno says:

      Cool! Bibimbap would be relatively easy Korean food to cook overseas. I mean, it’s just veges, rice and egg, right? But yes, gochujang would be hard to get. Pack it!! 😀

  5. Chris says:

    Aaargh! You’re making me homesick for Korea! I might just wander down to a Korean restaurant today at lunch and see what I can find.

    Thanks for the tips though. I’ve always wanted to throw a Korean food party for my friends who haven’t been.

  6. Natalia says:

    Oh that kimchi looks so good! I miss Korean food so much. I ate from eating it every day to eating it once a year. :'(
    Time to hit Korea Town.

  7. I have never had Korean food before, but this look delicious. I will need to try to make this sometime! Thanks!

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