In Korea, we make a huge amount of kimchi at the end of the fall or beginning of the winter. It is part of the preparations for winter in Korean culture. So, it is a very common and important event for Korean families. Winter kimchi is stored and enjoyed during the winter, sometimes even until the next spring or summer. We call it “GimJang” (김장) in Korean. All the family, friends, relatives, and/or neighbors gather together and make kimchi together. At the end of a hard day laboring to make kimchi, they love to try their fresh kimchi with boiled pork. Not only is it tasty, but it is also a very happy moment to enjoy the delicious food with loved ones.
My parents have traveled from Korea to stay with us in America to help us with our new baby. My mom makes the best kimchi ever and I always hunger for her kimchi. A few days ago, my mom made a big batch of winter kimchi for me. So I cooked a pork dish called “suyuk” to eat with her kimchi. We enjoyed it very much. Fresh kimchi with tender pork tastes heavenly. hehe… I am very happy and excited to share this recipe with you. If you make new kimchi, please try this someday. Of course, you can eat the pork with old kimchi too.
Yield: 4 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- NunSaRam (눈사람) = Snowman
- NunSsaUm (눈싸움) = Snow Fighting
Obtain 2 lb of pork. Normally, people like to use a fatty cut of pork for this dish, such as the pork belly or neck. However, I used very lean meat for mine today. The choice is up to you.
Obtain 1 medium sized onion (cut in half), 2 Green Onions, 12 garlic cloves, 1 Tbsp worth of fresh ginger, 1 Tbsp soybean paste, 1 dried hot pepper, and ½ tsp of black peppercorns. These ingredients give the meat a really good flavor.
Add the pork, 6 cups of water, and the rest of the ingredients in a large pot. Cook it on medium.
Once it starts to boil, cook for about 1 hour, or until the pork is completely cooked.
Occasionally remove the foam from the surface of the broth for better flavor.
When the pork is done cooking, remove the meat from the broth. Discard the other ingredients from the broth.
Slice the cooked pork thinly while it is still hot. You can cut it into bite-sized pieces.
Find or make some unfermented kimchi to eat with the pork.
Serve the hot meat with fresh kimchi. To eat, wrap a piece of pork with some kimchi. It is very delicious. Try it someday. 🙂