Today, I will show you how to wrap Korean BBQ. One of the uniquenesses of Korean cuisine is wrapping BBQ with a variety of leafy greens, other vegetables, and a wrapping sauce called “ssamjang.” How man times have we eaten a main dish and not got enough vegetables in our diet? I know I have done it more times that I would like to admit. In that point, this is a healthy way to enjoy eating meat. You can use this method of eating with many other kinds of Korean BBQ and meat. However, in this post, I will use the Sempio bulgogi recipe that I just posted. I also posted a homemade bulgogi recipe in the past, so you can check it out too. If you are a vegetarian, you can fry some tofu, eggs, or mushrooms and wrap those instead of the meat. That will be delicious too. 🙂
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One of my Korean friends gave me some very fresh Korean green sweet peppers from her garden. Wow! They were so fresh and delicious! We call this pepper “putgochu” (풋고추) in Korean. We could not find an English name for this pepper. The skin is a little thick and the texture is crunchy. It is not very spicy compared to other hot peppers. It even has a little sweet flavor to it. It is good eaten raw, dipped in soybean paste, or used in meat wrapping. Today, I will show you how to make a simple side dish using it. I still have more peppers left, so I will post another recipe using them later. Expect it. 😉
Yield: 1 Cup
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
Army base soup, budae jjigae was originated during and after the Korean War, when Koreans had very little to eat. People made this dish by combining leftover Spam and hot dogs from U.S. Army facilities, and mixed it with whatever else was available. All of the leftovers were combined with water in a large pot and boiled. Nowadays, most Koreans have enough to eat, but this soup is still very popular with more varied ingredients added to it. Try it someday.
Yield: 2-3 Servings
JuMeokBap (주먹밥) can be translated as “fist bap,” or “fist rice.” The reason why it has that funny name is that this ball shaped rice looks like the shape of a fist. In the old days, when Korean people had to prepare simple and easy meals for the soldiers in the Korean war, this food was a great idea because it is easy to make and easy to take anywhere to eat. Later, it was also popular for people to take to their work place or school. Nowadays, there is a variety of “fist rice” dishes with differences in the ingredients such as beef, kimchi, seafood, tuna, dried anchovies, etc. Also, the size has became smaller and it has become more colorful, pretty, and flavorful. When you do not have much to eat, just mix some rice with a few other ingredients to make “fist rice,” and eat it as a meal. It would be very good in your lunch box with a few other side dishes and fruits. Enjoy!
Yield: 45 Rice Balls