Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook by Emily "Maangchi" Kim and Lauren Chattman

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    • Ingredients: pork loin; baking potatoes; onions; carrots; Korean curry powder; short-grain rice
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    • Ingredients: short-grain rice; toasted sesame oil; ground beef; soy sauce; garlic; spinach; crab sticks; nori sheets; pickled yellow radishes
    • Accompaniments: Egg soup (Gyeran-guk)
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    • Ingredients: beef flank steaks; soy sauce; honey; garlic; toasted sesame oil; toasted sesame seeds; soybean sprouts; spinach; red bell peppers; carrots; zucchini; English cucumbers; dried bellflower root; fernbrake; short-grain rice; egg yolks; gochujang
    • Accompaniments: Egg soup (Gyeran-guk); Spicy soy seasoning sauce (Maeun-ynagnyeom-ganjang)
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    • Ingredients: gochujang; distilled vinegar; soy sauce; honey; garlic; scallions; fresh ginger; dried anchovies; doenjang; firm tofu; salad greens; lettuce; Korean red chiles; micro perilla leaves; onions; English cucumbers; avocados; short-grain rice; sushi grade fish; toasted sesame seeds; nori; toasted sesame oil; Korean green chiles
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    • Ingredients: beef brisket; kimchi juice; Asian pears; naengmyun noodles; English cucumbers; hard-boiled eggs; toasted sesame oil; Korean radishes; apples; onions; garlic; scallions; Korean green chiles; Korean red chiles
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    • Ingredients: Asian pears; fresh ginger; gochugaru; scallions; toasted sesame oil; soy sauce; brown rice syrup; distilled vinegar; naengmyun noodles; English cucumbers; hard-boiled eggs; toasted sesame seeds; Korean radishes; apples; onions; garlic; Korean red chiles; Korean green chiles
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    • Ingredients: pork belly; Korean radishes; zucchini; baking potatoes; onions; chunjang; potato starch; toasted sesame oil; jjajang noodles; English cucumbers
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    • Ingredients: fried tofu; toasted sesame oil; Chinese wheat flour noodles; scallions; nori; Korean radishes; onions; dried anchovies; dried kelp sheets
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    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; dried anchovies; dried kelp sheets; baking potatoes; onions; fish sauce; scallions; toasted sesame oil
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    • Ingredients: dried anchovies; dried shiitake mushrooms; dried kelp sheets; onions; pork loin; gochugaru; fresh ginger; green cabbage; carrots; scallions; leeks; button mushrooms; squid; shrimp; mussels; fish sauce; jjajangmyeon noodles; toasted sesame oil
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    • Ingredients: littleneck clams; all-purpose flour; zucchini; toasted sesame oil; garlic; scallions; Korean radishes; onions; dried anchovies; dried kelp sheets
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    • Ingredients: beef brisket; rice cakes; fish sauce; scallions; toasted sesame oil; nori
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    • Ingredients: toasted sesame seeds; chapsal
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    • Ingredients: short-grain rice; toasted sesame oil; shrimp; carrots; fish sauce; nori; Chinese chives
    • Accompaniments: Vegetable-and-fruit-water kimchi (Nabak-kimchi)
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    • Ingredients: azuki beans; chapsal
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    • Ingredients: butternut squash; chapsal; napa cabbage; garlic; fresh ginger; onions; fish sauce; gochugaru; Korean radishes; carrots; scallions; Chinese chives
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    • Ingredients: Korean radishes; onions; dried anchovies; dried kelp sheets
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    • Ingredients: dried anchovies; baking potatoes; onions; garlic; doenjang; scallions; perilla seed powder; Korean green chiles
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Notes about this book

  • milgwimper on March 06, 2016

    The apple Samjjang is really good, and so simple.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Perilla leaf kimchi (Kkaennip-kimchi)

    • milgwimper on January 17, 2017

      I added more sauce and a lot more onions/carrots because that's what we like, and we had a lot more leaves of perilla...It was delicious. Make sure if you grow your own to pick young leaves otherwise blanch them quickly, to make sure they are not so tough.

    • kitchen_chick on August 08, 2020

      I agree with making more of the "sauce". I ran out. I haven't tried them yet. I'm going to let them sit overnight before trying them.

  • Seaweed soup (Mijeokguk)

    • milgwimper on January 17, 2017

      The recipe is easy and tates good. I needed to add a little more water, but otherwise very tasty.

  • Panfried tofu with spicy seasoning sauce (Dububuchim-yangnyeomjang)

    • TrishaCP on September 03, 2021

      This is a great tofu side dish. (Don’t be tempted to eat this as a main dish with rice though.)

    • jenburkholder on August 21, 2020

      This tofu-lover found this delectable. Easy and cheap. I usually have firm or extra-firm tofu around instead of medium, and that hasn't ever posed an issue.

  • Blanched spinach with scallions and sesame (Sigeumchi-namul)

    • abrownb1 on March 07, 2022

      I subbed baby bok choy (chopped into 2 inch pieces and blanched) for the spinach and it was a nice simple side. If you aren't a garlic lover you may want to reduce to 2 cloves since it's pretty potent but I loved it!

  • Spicy stir-fried pork (Dwaejigogi-bokkeum)

    • Delys77 on April 15, 2019

      This is fairly spicy, but very good. I made it with a pork chop as I wanted to keep it a touch leaner. I also served with lettuce to make ssam.

  • Meat and tofu patties (Wanjajeon)

    • Delys77 on March 01, 2018

      These were very good. Lovely texture and juiciness from the tofu in the meat mixture. Cut the salt a touch next time. Also make sure you get them thin as they were too thick and you had to finish in the oven.

  • Bulgogi

    • Delys77 on April 03, 2018

      Served this to my family plus my parents and everyone enjoyed it in lovely Ssam with rice and the recommended sauce. I would add more gochujang to the sauce but otherwise this was very good as written. We sauteed in batches on a screaming hot cast iron pan. Great meal.

    • hirsheys on January 11, 2019

      I didn't have as good an experience with this one as everyone else, probably because I made the mistake of buying pre-sliced bulgogi meat at H-Mart. As a result, the 2-hour marinade made the meat kind of mushy, and I wasn't able to get a good char on the meat before it was over cooked. The difference in this recipe and Koreatown's is remarkable - this one has 2 T of soy sauce, while the other has 1 cup! This one has the traditional Asian pear and the other doesn't, etc, etc. Anyway, I might try this again with meat that I cut (as she recommended) or I may just continue looking for a different version.

    • Smokeydoke on March 06, 2017

      This is my go-to bulgogi recipe. It is delicious!

    • rhughes24 on December 29, 2021

      My go-to bulgogi recipe. I like the suggestion to stir fry in batches and may try that next time, as I've found that cooking all of it at once results in more steaming than frying (I also haven't made this since acquiring a wok, and I think that will be an improvement over a regular frying pan). Even so the flavors are great and this is delicious with ssamjang in lettuce wraps.

  • Spicy soft tofu stew (Sundubu-jjigae)

    • Delys77 on April 03, 2018

      Absolutely delicious! I went a touch lighter on the gochugaru and used a touch more pork shoulder but otherwise followed as written and really really enjoyed this. Vibrant red stew with lovely soft tofu and luscious eggs swimming in a the flavourful broth. Also comes together quite quickly and easily. Timing for the eggs was just right.

  • Spicy cucumber salad (Oi-muchim)

    • Delys77 on March 05, 2018

      Really liked this too. The onion is a nice addition and the heat was nice. Definitely a repeat.

    • shoffmann on August 17, 2017

      This cucumber salad was incredibly quick and easy to toss together and was very flavorful. I will definitely make again.

    • jenburkholder on August 21, 2020

      Very good iteration of oi-muchim. Have made serveral times and will make again. Quite easy.

    • rhughes24 on December 29, 2021

      I make this any time I make Korean food. Spicy and refreshing. It keeps well in the refrigerator for several days. I don't care for raw onions so I leave those out.

  • Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi (Oi-sobagi)

    • Delys77 on April 03, 2018

      Very easy and super tasty for us. The only thing I changed is that I had some very dainty cukes so I minced the veggies that were going into my kimchi paste and this worked very well. Quick and easy and very flavourful.

    • shoffmann on July 30, 2017

      My husband would prefer these a bit less spicy, but I enjoyed. With good flavor, and nice crisp texture, this kimchi was a nice change of pace from all of the cucumber salads that I typically make this time of year. We ate this fresh rather than waiting a day or two for fermentation.

  • Potato-soybean paste soup (Gamja-doenjangguk)

    • Delys77 on March 01, 2018

      Overall pretty good but add more doenjang and go with two chilies. Also, the anchovies are present but no overpowering so don't worry about letting simmer for the full 40 minutes.

  • Sweet potato starch noodles with stir-fried vegetables and beef (Japchae)

    • aileent1 on November 11, 2022

      Good but not great. I prefer the recipe from Kimchi Chronicles.

    • Rinshin on September 30, 2019

      Excellent and mild tasting version of japchae using more common button mushrooms. I subbed thinly sliced chuck beef for brisket, kale for spinach, frozen shiitake mushrooms and added biased sliced asparagus. Halved the recipe and all in all, took about 45-50 min to prep and cook. Did add bit more soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds after combining everything. Photo added.

    • shoffmann on February 17, 2018

      We enjoyed this. I didn't end up making the optional egg garnish because after the marathon effort of individually prepping and cooking all of the other components it just didn't seem necessary. It wasn't missed since there are plenty of other flavors and textures to go around.

    • MmeFleiss on March 23, 2017

      This was the best version of japchae I have eaten. Definitely going into our repeat list.

    • Smokeydoke on February 27, 2018

      This is a delightful version, chockful of vegetables and flavor.

    • sosayi on March 05, 2018

      Really enjoyed this! Loads of flavor. Subbed flank steak for the brisket, which worked out well. Many steps, and time consuming to prep, but really quite easy to cook. If that makes any sense. I’d definitely make it again.

    • jenburkholder on August 21, 2020

      Tastes just like all the japchae I've ever had. Delicious. Can also be made vegetarian quite readily by adding more mushrooms.

  • Soybean sprout rice (Kongnamulbap)

    • hirsheys on January 11, 2019

      This one is quite simple and homey, though it's also a bit one-note as written. (That one note is basically sesame oil.) The edges crisp up if you don't turn it down all the way, or, if you do what I did and forget that you've let the pot on and let it cook a bit longer on very low before getting seconds (whoops!) Maangchi suggests that you serve with a sunny side up egg (mine was just barely over easy, which I have recently realized I prefer) and a seasoned soy sauce. I was honestly disappointed that I didn't love it more. Still, the method of cooking is really brilliant and allows for a pseudo-dolsot bibimbop experience with very little work. I'm going to drastically adapt by doubling the meat and mixing it with a simplified bulgogi marinade/sauce to infuse the rice with more flavor. I also will serve with a bibimbop sauce or one like the CHOJANG (p. 82 of Koreatown).

  • Korean fried chicken (Yangnyeom-tongdak)

    • shoffmann on July 07, 2018

      Yum! Chicken was nicely crunchy, the sauce sticky and flavorful. I added a spoonful of chile flakes because I wanted a bit more heat, but otherwise followed the recipe as written.

  • Fernbrake with garlic and soy (Gosari-namul)

    • shoffmann on October 21, 2018

      Solid, quick side dish once the fernbrake has been re-hydrated.

  • Spicy stir-fried squid (Ojingeo-bokkeum)

    • shoffmann on November 19, 2017

      I subbed in parsnip for 1/2 the carrot since I only had a small piece of carrot in the fridge. This was really tasty. There is a fair amount of effort involved in cleaning/prepping the squid, but otherwise cooks up rather quickly. I will definitely make this again.

  • Cold cucumber soup (Oi-naengguk)

    • shoffmann on August 19, 2017

      This soup exceeded my expectations. Even my husband who "doesn't like cold soup" ate a whole serving and would eat it again. This was super quick to throw together, had a nice texture, and was super refreshing.

  • Seaweed rice rolls (Gimbap)

    • shoffmann on November 19, 2017

      Tasty right away, but even better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours.

  • Steamed eggs in an earthenware bowl (Ttukbaegi-gyeran-jjim)

    • sosayi on March 05, 2018

      While this didn’t turn out quite like the photo in the book for me, it was still quite good and I’d definitely try it again. Mine turned out not so fluffy, a little grainy, and not so yellow... more of a tan? Even though that sounds awful, the flavors were spot on and the eggs tasted great with a kimchi bacon fried rice (from Koreatown). I think either the time for the steaming is too short or??? My eggs were looking good, but were taking far too long (perhaps double the time) so I turned the temperature up and stirred a bit. Probably should have just waited and let the rice get cold, as they looked like they were starting to fluff nicely before I intervened.

  • Sesame seed porridge (Kkaejuk)

    • sosayi on March 15, 2018

      Warming and nutty, but drink it from a mug. It's a little too thin for a spoon and bowl treatment. Very easy and quick breakfast. I personally think it could use something to dunk in it. Something fried and doughy and delicious.

  • Kimchi stew with tuna (Chamchi-kimchi-jjigae)

    • jenburkholder on August 21, 2020

      Delicious for how easy it is. Makes a good lunch, and a nice way to use up older kimchi. Just add rice.

  • Multigrain rice (Japgokbap)

    • jenburkholder on August 21, 2020

      Excellent alternative to plain white rice. Instructions are clear and effective.

  • Stir-fried kale with soybean paste (Keil-doenjang-bokkeum)

    • jenburkholder on August 21, 2020

      Tasty side dish. Can be made with any green, not just kale.

  • Braised lotus root (Yeon-geun-jorim)

    • jenburkholder on November 03, 2022

      At first I wasn’t quite sold on this, the lotus root (I used frozen) didn’t seem to quite tenderize to al dente in the sauce and it all didn’t marry as well as I would have liked. Overnight, though, everything melded nicely and it made a nice lunch component for the rest of the week.

  • Scallion salad (Pajeori)

    • rhughes24 on December 29, 2021

      I've made this to go in lettuce wraps with bulgogi. It must take a lot of practice to slice them the traditional way! I find that part challenging, but I suppose you could just slice them cross-wise and keep the dressing.

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  • ISBN 10 054412989X
  • ISBN 13 9780544129894
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  • Published May 19 2015
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Imprint Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publishers Text

A complete course on Korean cuisine for the home cook by the YouTube star and the world's foremost authority on Korean cooking

Her millions of fans compare her to Julia Child. An Internet sensation, Maangchi has won the admiration of home cooks and chefs alike with her trademark combination of good technique and good cheer as she demonstrates the vast and delicious cuisine of Korea. In Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking, she shows how to cook all the country’s best dishes, from few-ingredient dishes (Spicy Napa Cabbage) to those made familiar by Korean restaurants (L.A. Galbi, Bulgogi, Korean Fried Chicken) to homey one-pots like Bibimbap.

For beginners, there are dishes like Spicy Beef and Vegetable Soup and Seafood Scallion Pancake. Maangchi includes a whole chapter of quick, spicy, sour kimchis and quick pickles as well. Banchan, or side dishes (Steamed Eggplant, Pan-Fried Tofu with Spicy Seasoning Sauce, and refreshing Cold Cucumber Soup) are mainstays of the Korean table and can comprise a meal.

With her step-by-step photos—800 in all—Maangchi makes every dish a snap. A full glossary, complete with photos, explains ingredients. Throughout, Maangchi suggests substitutions where appropriate and provides tips based on her readers’ questions.



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