Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Omurice: 오무라이스 (omelette fried rice)!

As a poor college student, omurice is the best thing to make. All you need is an egg, mixed veggies, rice, and ketchup! The name is derived from omelette + rice. It's a great way to stop your hunger quickly and efficiently.

Steps and ingredients:

1. Mixed Vegetables

2. Rice

Stir fry the cooked rice and mixed vegetables, until the vegetables are cooked. You can also add any type of meat if you'd like.

3. Eggs

Beat 2 eggs in a bowl and add a little salt and pepper and fry. /

4. Put the cooked egg on a plate and add the fried rice on top.

After the rice and egg is in this position, fold the egg over the rice (rice is in a pocket of egg now).

Then, flip it over so the rice is not showing and there is a dome like shape.

Lastly, add some ketchup on top.


Sunday, October 24, 2010


Most people think of chips, cookies, and other small desserts to be snacks. But in Korea, kimbap is considered as a snack. It's interesting because rice is usually eaten for dinner and for hearty meals, but that is not always the case. Kimbap consists of rice, strips of vegtables, egg, some type of meat (most common is beef), all rolled up in dried seaweed. It looks just like sushi rolls but without the sushi, and the seaweed is on the outside.

Kimbap making steps

1. Get the ingredients ready. Cut cucumber, imitation crab, and cooked eggs long way.
2. Get fully cooked rice and mix in seseme seeds, a little salt, and seseme oil.
3. Place a sheet of dried seaweed on a bamboo mat. (you can buy this at a korean grocery store for $1-$2) and put about a cup of rice on the seaweed. Spread the rice so it covers about 2/3 of the area. Then add the ingredients in a single line on one side and roll it up slowly. To seal the roll add a little water on the ends. The water will act as a glue!
4. Now, the roll is ready to cut into pieces to share with friends!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Soon du bu Jjigae (soft tofu stew)

Since the weather is getting colder, it's the perfect time for some hot stew. I've said I liked spicy food and this is one stew I love extra spicy.

One of the places that is known for making Soondubu Jjigae is a Korean restaurant called Jong Ka Jib located in North Philly. Check out the restaurant at

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There's a variety of Soondubu Jjigae and the list does not end here.

Here are the options at the restaurant:

1.Kimchee Soondubu Jjigae

2. Seafood Soondubu Jjigae (Shrimp, Clam, Oyster + Soft Tofu)

3. Beef Soondubu Jjigae

4. Pork Soondubu Jjigae

5. Mushroom Soondubu Jjigae

The meal usually comes with side dishes called Ban Chan, and raw eggs to crack open in the hot stew. (This helps to cool the stew and it makes it more flavorful with the egg). There is also an option of making it spicy, and very spicy!

Try it! it's good!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bibimbap (Mixed rice with vegetables and meat)

This is one of my favorite meals, because it's very filling and it makes you eat vegetables for a good dose of nutrition!

1. cooked rice
2. sunny side up egg

3. sliced and sauteed cucumbers
4. sliced and sauteed carrots

5. sauteed spinach
6. bean sprouts

7. cooked ground beef

8. Korean hot chili pepper paste

  • If you like things spicy like I do, you want to put in about 3-4 spoons.
9. sesame oil
  • It's up to you how much oil you want to put in but I put in about 2 spoonful
10. shredded lettuce

you put all these ingredients together and mix! and you get a wonderful meal!