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The Essence of Baekin Kitchen

Disclaimer: I am not Korean.  I did not go to cooking school.  I have never been a "foodie." I am just a White dude who loves Korean food enough to teach myself how to cook, and how to use "fish sauce" as a normal ingredient in my recipes.  

In other places, you'll find Korean Ahjumahs that have decades of experience and recipes that they learned from their mothers.  This is not that place.

While I get occasional coaching from my Korean mother-in-law and my wife, much of what you'll see here is my interpretation of traditional Korean dishes and Korean food made accessible for those unfamiliar with the cuisine. And the occasional Korean language lesson.

The world would be a better place if everyone ate Korean food (because it makes people happy), and I think we're stronger as a country by embracing and learning about other cultures.  

Dig in, Y'all!

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Gochujang Brisket (고추장 가슴살)

I'm going to admit that I didn't know the word for "brisket" in Korean, so I used Google Translate... I hope "chest flesh" is right?...

Spicy Sprouts

This is the first thing that I "came up with" when I started putting recipes up, months ago. I went back to look up my recipe during...

Kimchi (김치)

There's a reason my logo is a picture of me with two heads of cabbage and "kimchi gloves." There's nothing more Korean than Kimchi. It's...

Japchae (잡채)

I know that you probably came here looking for an elaborate and passionate lead-in, but not this time. Straight to business: Japchae is...

Kimchi Noodles (김치면)

Korean food is having a bit of a moment right now. Even today, in the NYT, there's an article about banchan (the small side dishes that...

Spicy Rice Cakes (떡볶이)

I think I've mentioned it before, but Korea's got street food down. Like, some of the most popular Korean dishes right now are things...

Spicy Pork (매운삼겹살)

I can't believe that I haven't put up my spicy pork recipe yet! THIS is the one that made me fall in love with Korean food (and them my...

Hobak Mandu (호박만두)

In case you hadn't noticed, I changed the Motto of Baekin Kitchen. It was something corny like "Anyone can cook," (which I still...

Hobak Bokkeum (호박 볶음)

This is the start of a series of posts dedicated to Korean summer squash, Choson hobak. I know. Everyone is super excited about this...

Chewy Knife Cut Noodles

I'm not a trained chef. I've gotten good at cooking many things, but I admit there is still a lot to learn. The recipes I put up are...

Seaweed Soup (Miyeok Guk - 미역국)

My kid's taekwondo teacher (@joinimpacttkd) just had a baby🥳🥳🥳 so I made his wife some miyeok guk (seaweed soup). New Korean moms are...

Spicy Cold Noodles (냉국수 비빔장)

On my first trip to Korea, I went with my wife and her family and toured the whole country. Her parents, her two siblings, and the two of...

Corn Cheese (콘치즈)

Corn cheese is Korean pub food. It's savory and sweet and loaded with cheese. Like sweet potatoes, corn shows up in a lot of unexpected...

Hand Cut Noodles (Kalguksu 칼국수)

My wife thinks that I'm a Korean ahjumma at heart. I have all the tell tale signs: I wear a giant sun hat outside, I make kimchi like a...

Beef Bulgogi (불고기)

There is no better pairing than soy sauce and sesame seed oil. Bulgogi is a gateway to Korean food for most of us non-Koreans. I take it...

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