Sriracha may be the king of Asian chili sauces, but when I cook, I'm much more likely to reach for a fuller-flavored condiment, like Korean gochujang. Here, I use it in a sweet-savory marinade for grilled pork belly kebabs.
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Not to be confused with any of the traditional sauces or marinades used in Korean barbecue, this is a sauce that combines funky Korean flavors like kimchi and gochujang (Korean chili paste) with a barbecue sauce-style ketchup base. It's delicious on grilled chicken, pork, and shellfish like shrimp.
Mixing mayonnaise into chicken salad is the most common way to add moisture, but it's not the only way. Vinaigrette works well too, like this tangy Korean-inspired rendition with kimchi, pine nuts, and lots of fresh ginger.
Making real-deal ramen is a lengthy project that requires planning in advance. But there are days when you just want a delicious bowl of it, without the fuss. This easy Korean-style kimchi ramen is for those times. It's loaded with flavor, but takes less than an hour to throw together, thanks to several umami-rich ingredients and a cool baking-soda trick that turns angel-hair pasta into ramen-like noodles.
There are too many great meat dishes in the Korean canon to pick a favorite, but this one of stir-fried marinated pork with kimchi is definitely in my top five. Easy to make, it features thin strips of pork shoulder in a spicy-sweet blend of Korean chili paste, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil—plus a bit of Asian pear for both flavor and its tenderizing effect on the meat.
Gazpacho may be the cold summer soup of choice, but Korea's mul naengmyun should be added to everyone's list of filling hot-weather fare. With a refreshing, lightly sweet-tart broth, slick, chewy noodles, and crisp topping like cucumber and pickled radish, it packs in flavor while beating the heat.
Braised short ribs are one of the most comforting of comfort foods, but they're not exactly summer fare. By borrowing some tricks from Korean cooking—such as flavoring them with a kalbi-style sauce and topping them with refreshing green onion and pear—this version transforms them into a warm-weather-friendly main course.
This rich, complex clam sauce was inspired by linguine with clam sauce. Here it's infused with fried alliums, nori, and Korean flavors like gochujang chili paste. It was created to be served with smoked Korean rice cakes, but can also be served on pasta or rice.
Inspired by linguine with clam sauce, this recipe radically reinvents the dish. Incorporating Korean flavors like gochujang (chili paste) and kim chi, replacing the pasta with chewy Korean rice cakes, and adding a flavorful fried onion-and-garlic topping, the result is a complex, layered, and satisfying meal.
Korean rice cakes are wonderfully chewy, and their subtle flavor is the perfect foil to strong, rich sauces. But that doesn't mean they can't have their own flavor too. Here, the rice cakes are quickly smoked using a makeshift stovetop smoking rig that requires no special equipment beyond a couple of disposable aluminum roasting pans and some wood shavings.
Infused with gochujang (Korean chili paste), toasted sesame seeds, and bourbon, this unlikely combination of ingredients is shocking delicious. It can be used as part of all kinds of larger recipes, or simply as a poaching liquid and dipping sauce for clams and other seafood.
This spicy, Korean-inspired chicken, kimchi, and napa cabbage stir-fry comes together in about 10 minutes.
Gochujang—a Korean fermented chili paste—gives this ketchup its unique spice, balanced with brown sugar and given more depth from soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil.
A homemade version of Korean-style spicy beef instant noodles made with short ribs, Korean chili paste, and kimchi.
The perfect soup for curing a winter cold. A rich chicken broth flavored with ginger, garlic, and scallions, served with tender rice cakes and pickled garlic with chilies.
When I think of Korean-style chicken wings, I immediately think of deep-fried morsels dredged in a spicy, sticky sauce. But Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot's chicken wings in their new cookbook Maximum Flavor are roasted and served with a mildly spicy soy and sesame dipping sauce that is far from bright red. Sound crazy? It did to me, at first.
I don't know about you, but kimchi stew (jjigae) reminds me of winter. But it turns out summer vegetables are equally at home in this dish. Plus, haven't you heard that adage that you should eat a hot soup on a hot day?
A mere few minutes of work and minimal ingredients can turn a rather ho-hum bottled barbecue sauce into serious eats.
Grilled corn with a rich and spicy Korean chili sauce.