“Seoul-food” get it? Because “Seoul” is the capital city of South Korea, and it’s pronounced “soul” so it’s a play on words/culture by comparing it to African American “Soul Food”…get it?
Siwon: “You are…so witty.”
Me: Why thank you Siwon.
When you think of “Korean cuisine”, what comes to mind?
Well, if you are anything like me several years ago “Korean Food” brings to mind…a big blank.
But after watching plenty of amazing Korean dramas, I began to realize how yummy, but foreign yet familiar Korean food seemed: succulent barbecue, crispy fried chicken, steak & eggs, fried tofu, tofu stew, roasted sweet potatoes, spinach. YUM.
In the midst of seriously wanting to try some Korean food… I serendipitously came across Maangchi’s youtube videos!
Maangchi is the wonderful woman (part anime, part hot-mom) who taught me how to cook the delicious Korean foods I’d seen in my dramas!
So far I’ve made her Soegogi-jeon (egg covered beef slices), Eomuk (I made it out of organic chicken breasts), Ramyeon (Ramen), and hobakjeon (zucchini patties)…and they were all delicious.
One thing I’ve noticed about Korean food is: it seems to save money by taking something and spreading it out between a lot of people.
Prime example: for the “egg covered beef slices” I bought a just a 1/2 pound of organic, grass-fed, sirloin steak…and I was able to fed my husband and myself AND HAVE LEFTOVERS. If I had just cooked the steak by itself, it would have seemed like hardly enough for the two of us.
It’s the same way with the Eomuk, and the Hobakjeon, you take one “expensive” ingredient and either chop it finely or puree it to make a much larger meal. It’s a great way to be able to eat organic on a budget.
And let me just say…it tastes REALLY REALLY good.
And it’s HEALTHY!
In her book, Maangchi talks about how Korean food uses certain foods to balance one’s body:
Aspects of Korean dining also follow tenants of Confucianism….
(Elders are served first; no one eats until the oldest person in the group starts eating)
Confucianism…the Wikipedia entry on Confucianism was WAY too long *cough* and I don’t really feel comfortable summarizing something I know absolutely nothing about, but I’ll go ahead and give it a whirl:
(Don’t worry, I did a substantial bit of research before writing the blurb you see before you)
Confucianism is not a religion, it’s a philosophy that people ascribe to… guidelines that will make your life, and the lives of those around you, better. From the little I’ve read Confucianism seems pretty awesome (no wonder it’s been around for over 2000 years). If you want to more about Confucianism, take a class at your local college (you can “audit” a course for free) or watch this uber quick video:
So, check out Maangchi’s website and try a meal or two today! She has a lot of fan-friends from all over the world and I’m sure she’d love to be your virtual friend too.
Maangchi also wrote a book (which I borrowed from my local library) and it’s SO GOOD! Click below to see more:
Have YOU ever tried Korean cuisine? Are there any virtual oppas or unnis who can give some delicious suggestions???
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