South Korea has been on my travel wish list for quite some time now. With such a rich history and culture dating back over a thousand years, there is so much to see such as incredible palaces and temples. I have to admit, another huge reason I planned to visit is because I LOVE Korean food. I was dreaming of spending days roaming street markets, trying out all of the different dishes. Obviously, that didn’t happen this year – but I didn’t let that stop me from trying out new Korean dishes. We decided we would try cooking at home to transport our taste buds and get the taste of Korea. We got The Authentic Korean Cooking Kit from Sous Chef.This contains an incredible cook book called ‘Our Korean Kitchen’ which is filled with wonderful recipe ideas and goes into detail regarding what pantry staples you need to start making Korean food. The kit also includes a number of more unusual Asian ingredients, which I really appreciate as it means you can get to cooking up a feast straight away. We decided to try a couple of the recipes that immediately grabbed our attention. The first being Bulogogi Jeongol – a Marinated Beef and vegetable stew. This dish is super comforting and the Gochujang paste adds a nice touch of spiciness to the stew. We couldn’t find any enoki mushrooms, which is a shame because they are my favourite, so we substituted for shitake mushrooms. Although, I do think, you could add pretty much any vegetables you need to use up and the flavours of soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic would still work well. This is something we will make again, perfect for a winter evening! The other recipe we tried out was Samgyeopsal which is Grilled Pork Belly with Sesame Dip. I have to admit, this wasn’t my first choice as I’m not a huge meat eater. However, everyone else really wanted to try it, so I went along with them and I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I think it’s the combination of super crispy pork belly with the incredible ssamjang sauce that was the highlight for me. I had never tried ssamjang before and it’s almost addictive how delicious it is. Again, using the gochujang paste you have in your kit and combining it with garlic and doen-jang soybean paste, rice vinegar and something to add a little sweetness and wow – what a combination. You definitely have to try this! One of my favourite things about going out to eat Korean food is the Banchan (side dishes), there is a whole section in the book about vegetables, pickles and sides. Since the kit comes with kimchi, we tried making the kimchi pancakes. They were perfectly crispy and sour, not to mention so easy to make. I think this will become a new go-to snack! Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed trying a few of the recipes from ‘Our Korean Kitchen’ and have already bookmarked a few more to try. The recipes are easy to follow and tasted incredible. I love that the kit includes not only staple ingredients such as soy sauce and sesame oil but harder to find items such as sweet potato noodles and gochujang – I’ve never seen them in the supermarket. This would be the perfect gift for any travel loving friends or family, it brings a taste of Korea to them at home. Also, perfect for any foodies that are looking to try new cuisines. It’s such an affordable price considering everything that is included and it even comes with a cute tote bag for the ingredients.
Do you like Korean food? Let me know!