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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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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 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...

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...

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...

Spicy Beef Soup (매운소고기탕)

Maeun Sogogi Tang - I have a million drafts of posts that never made it to "published" status. Mainly it's because I struggle with these...

Jjukkumi Tang (쭈구미 탕)

Baby octopus and beansprout soup - a healthy and refreshing blend of veggies and octopus.

Tteokbokki Nachos - 떡볶이 나초스

My wife is always impressed with my Korean food. The other day, my father in law, who has called me a "rock head" on more than one...

Jjamppong (짬뽕)

Jjamppong is a Sino-Korean dish full of ocean bounty and noodles and relatively easy to make.

Busan Milmyeon (부산 밀면)

My stomach is bottomless when it comes to cold noodles. Especially spicy cold noodles. The most popular and common is cold noodle dish is...

Ox Bone Soup (seolleongtang -설렁탕)

Honestly it feels a little silly to be writing a food blog with everything that's going on, but I suppose that we all need something to...

Kimbap Balls (주먹밥 - Jumeok-bap)

Would your kids rather eat, McDonald's, candy, or rice and seaweed balls? Obviously your answer is the rice balls. Right?⁠ ⁠ If you've...

Wicked Good Mac and Cheese

I realize the title might lead you to expect lobster, or at the very least some Gorton's Fish Sticks, but sorry - no seafood here....

Ultimate Cheese Ddukbokki - 떢닭

This is my favorite thing! I love Ddukbokki (also spelled Tteokbokki). Out of all the Korean meals that I've eaten, including those in...

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