Mussel Tang

홍합탕, HongHab Tang

Mussel soup must be one of the easiest Korean soups to make, yet it is still very delicious. It is amazing to get such great flavor with such few ingredients. With only mussels, salt, green onions, and water, you will get a very tasty and flavorful mussel dish.

This reminds me of fond childhood memories in Korea. Once my mom bought a big bag full of fresh mussels from a fish market and boiled them all in a big pot with just water, salt, and green onions. I was amazed by the huge amount she was making, but as you know, the volume for mussels is large, but the actual amount after removing the shells, is not that much. LOL Our family finished it all during one meal. It was always a fun time to eat boiled mussels with my family. I can taste my mom’s mussel soup from my recipe and that makes me happy. It is not only the taste, but also the memories that I enjoy with this dish. Try it someday, and make your own memories with ones you love. :)

Yield: 2 Servings

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Kimchi BiBimGukSu

김치 비빔국수, GimChi BiBimGukSu

This kimchi bibim guksu is a slightly spicy noodle dish with kimchi that is served cold. It can be good for any time of year, but it is especially good for your lunch menu during a hot summer day because it only takes few minutes to make, and the noodles are cool. Well fermented kimchi, along with the thin noodles and special sauce, tastes great. If you don’t know what to eat or want an easy meal to cook, why don’t you try this recipe instead of eating instant noodles? That’s what I did. ;)

Yield: 2 Servings

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Sempio Premium Vermicelli, Thin

This is another great product from Sempio. These thin noodles are kneaded in vacuum for a better chewy texture and flavor. When I tried these noodles for the first time, I was very impressed by their texture and flavor. They are slightly chewy, but not too much, and the flavor tastes like homemade noodles. You can try many different kinds of Korean dishes with them, and I think that you can also use them for non-Korean noodle dishes also. I highly recommend you try this product. :)

  • Use:
    Kimchi Bibim Guksu

  • Storage:
    Keep in the cabinet.

    Short Korean Lesson

    • GangAJi (강아지) = Puppy
    • GoYangI (고양이) = Cat

Napa Cabbage GeotJeoli

배추 겉절이, BaeChu GeotJeolI

Napa cabbage geotjeoli is a common and simple daily side dish in Korea. Instead of napa cabbage you can use lettuce, bok choy, or another leafy vegetable. In a few minutes, you can prepare a very delicious side dish by just mixing some ingredients with the cabbage. A secret for a good tasting dish is to use baby leaves (soft) that do not have much of a bitter or strong flavor. Baby leaves also have a nice soft texture. If you get a head of napa cabbage, use the thick outer leaves for napa cabbage soup, and use the soft inside leaves for this recipe. :)

Yield: 4 Servings

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