When I was single, I couldn’t cook anything, not even rice. It was my Mom who did the cooking and she would even prepare my meal for me. I know, I know… I should have learned how to cook before I got married… but well, those “princess days” are over. Now that I am a wife of a Korean, I am the one serving, not the one being served.
My Omonim (mother-in-law) was always busy to teach me how to cook Korean food, so every time she was cooking something for dinner, I would watch her. I had this little notebook where I would write down the ingredients and procedures. I learned how to make kimchi jjige and doenjang jjige just by observing my Omonim.
Later, I started making banchan (side dishes), too.
After a while, when I found out that my husband is not really fond of his mother’s cooking, I began looking for other Korean recipes on the internet. One of my favorite recipe blogs is Maangchi.com. The one doing the cooking demo is a Korean. (Who knows Korean cooking best but a Korean?) She explains everything in English and her recipes are easy to follow. (She can be funny, too. ^^)
Even now that I can cook several Korean dishes well, I still check her videos regularly. There is always a new Korean recipe on her blog.
Last week, I made 매운 무국 (Maeun mooguk: Spicy radish and beef soup). My husband loves beef and I usually don’t have enough time to prepare a lot of side dishes for lunch, so I thought beef soup would be great, since it doesn’t require banchan when you eat it with steamed rice. This is the video of the recipe in Youtube:
This is the one I cooked:
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