Someone who cuts and peels apples into bite-size pieces for you. Someone who has an endless supply of pajeon and banchan to fuel long nights of cramming for high school exams. Someone who smiles ever so slightly with pride as you tell her about university life, career goals, and a very dormant romantic life—as if she were your actual mom. It was then that I first experienced a big Korean-mom-size hole in my life.
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Someone who cuts and peels apples into bite-size pieces for you. Someone who has an endless supply of pajeon and banchan to fuel long nights of cramming for high school exams. Someone who smiles ever so slightly with pride as you tell her about university life, career goals, and a very dormant romantic life—as if she were your actual mom.
It was then that I first experienced a big Korean-mom-size hole in my life. So I did what people my age do best, and looked to the internet for an answer.
This is how I met Maangchi , a. Emily Kim. Through her eponymous blog and YouTube channel, she taught me how to make pajeon and banchan and everything else I missed back home from within my teensy Manhattan apartment. This would be bigger. There is a buoyant kind of satisfaction you get in cooking for the people you care for, but Maangchi takes it to another level. Maangchi says to save the broth-bloated radish and kelp for a quick stir-fried snack. When my husband, a classic kitchen lurker, wandered over, I gave him the treat instead of admonishing him to wait just 10 more minutes for dinner.
Advertisement She really breaks it down. Photo by Laura Murray Recently, I got my chance to do my best Maangchi impression, when a close friend underwent surgery and requested Korean food to help her recover. I tore dough into thin, ragged pieces for kimchi sujebi, a fortifying soup with kimchi and that delicious anchovy stock. I simmered soft tofu, hunks of cauliflower, and dried shiitakes for a vegetarian take on sundubu jjigae, still as potently spicy and flavorful as meat- or seafood-powered ones.
I stocked my fridge with banchan, like blanched watercress enlivened with sweet-salty doenjang. Okay, fine. I was extremely pleased with myself. I get why my Korean moms never shooed me away when I arrived awkward and hungry to their homes as a teen. I get why I pored over this cookbook, making notes of all the recipes I wanted to cook for my friends and family coming to my teensy Manhattan apartment. And through her latest cookbook, she passes on not only her recipes, but also the special kind of joy, warmth, and love only a Korean mother knows how to show.
We like to think of this sweet and salty dish as a sort of vegetarian bulgogi. Marinating and pan-frying eggplant keeps it firm, flavorful, and chewy—almost meaty. The marinade glazes it as it cooks, so it glistens. Prepared this way, the eggplant looks very special, even though the recipe is easy.
Seek out Korean eggplants, if possible, which are sold in Korean markets. They are thinner than ordinary eggplants and the skin is more tender. But regular eggplants work, too.
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Mule Maangchi is such maangchi cookbook great instructor and cook, providing clear cut instructions for her recipes. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I am very excited to try cooking some of these dishes. Many cookbook recipes are on the website as well. The taste is ok.
Kim, a. Finally, she said, in , her children persuaded her to try a more nourishing form of Internet expression: cooking videos. From watching her videos, it is hard to envision Ms. Kim as a reclusive gamer. In extravagant eye makeup and bright pink lipstick, she cooks huge batches of crowd-pleasers like bibimbap, bulgogi and KFC, sweet-sticky-spicy Korean fried chicken. In her kaleidoscopic wardrobe of tiaras, leatherette shorts and fascinators and four-inch platform shoes to lift her up to the camera , she demonstrates the endless variations of kimchi and schools her viewers in the proper pronunciation of dishes like soegogi-muguk pronounced SAY-go-gee moo-GUHK , beef and radish soup.