Category: Odds and Ends.

A little bit of everything.

Recipe: A Make Ahead Cooking Sauce For Korean Cuisine.

Sometimes there’s a flavor or taste that appears in many recipes as an underlying layer that adds a typical ethnic slant to a dish. In many Asian dishes that taste is umani, the savory flavor that is present in many fermented foods. Soy sauce…

Hanji: The Paper of Korea.

  Hanji is traditional Korean handmade paper that has such amazing qualities that it has been sought after by Emperors of China, Buddhist monks, and modern artists alike. It is made from the inner bark of the Dak, or Paper Mulberry tree, and mucilage…

Seoul: In Photos.

A few of my friends have asked me why I’m heading back to South Korea for the second year in a row, when I’m known for always going somewhere new and different. I’ve come up with a few different answers for them, but they…

Cucumber Kimchi.

Kimchi is so much more than what most of us are familiar with, it is like cheese in a way in that with similar basic ingredients, and methods, many different cheeses can be produced. So it is with kimchi, there are almost 200 foundation…

Recipe: An Easy Way To Make Japgok Bap.

Japgok bap is a multigrain+rice dish that is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are realizing the health benefits of whole grains and legumes. It is an ideal way to mix powerhouse carbohydrates and fiber into your daily diet. Japgok bap can…

KPOP:What Is It Really All About?

   Kpop, or sometimes KPOP, is technically just a short abbreviation for Korean popular music, but in many ways it has come rather to denote the idol sub genre of Korean music in the minds of many foreign fans. So while Psy with his…

Jegi Chagi: A Korean Hackysack/Shuttlecock Type Game.

Jegi Chagi is a traditional Korean game in the hackysack/shuttlecock family. It probably descended from Cuju, an ancient Chinese ball kicking game, which is also an ancestor game to Soccer. Cuju led to the Chinese game of Jianzi which was popular during the Han…