Korean Cuisine

The heat, the sweet, and the salty make Korean food distinctive and delicious. This robust cuisine is more popular than ever. Of course you can enjoy Korean food in restaurants, but you can also learn to cook some of the classics like bibim bap, jap chae, scallion pancakes, kalbi, and even make a simple kimchi in your own kitchen. Classes are participatory and the instruction is clear. There is nothing more fun than cooking with a group of friends. My goal is to hear you say, “I can do that!”

Recipes are from my cookbook, The Korean Table (Tuttle Publishing 2008), which I coauthored with my friend and mentor, Korean cuisine expert Taekyung Chung.

Here are some suggested menus, but it is easy to mix and match. Each menu also includes fresh vegetable and spicy miso dip appetizer, rice, kimchi, roasted corn tea and seasonal fruit.

The cost per person will vary depending on the number of the students in the class. As in every class I teach, each student will leave with recipes after having enjoyed a meal prepared by the group. Please contact Debra to discuss the various options.

“My stomach feels happy”
JoAnn K

“My Friends and I had a great time! We all want to come back for another class”
Alexis G

Bap Till You Drop
This could also be called a banchan bash! Banchan are those small plates of seasoned side dishes served with every Korean meal. Group them together on top of rice and you have Bibim Bap. Learn how to use a common cast iron pan to create this colorful and delicious dish.

Seaweed Soup
Bibim Bap — Seasoned Vegetable Rice Bowl
Daikon Radish Kimchi
Sweet Sesame Nuggets

Noodling Around
Learn how Korean vermicelli noodles turn transparent in the classic dish, Jap chae. Scoop soft tofu into a bubbling soup with clams and scallions

Soondubu Chigae — Soft tofu and clam stew
Jap Chae – Glass noodles with stir-fried vegetables and beef
Cucumber Kimchi
Bean Sprout Namul
Fresh Ginger Jelly

Let’s Make Kimchi
Kimchi is the iconic Korean fermented vegetable served at all meals. Its benefits range from maintaining digestive health to aid in circulation. In Korea, when a group gets together to make kimchi it is called a kimchi jang. We will make kimchi paste and 2 kinds of kimchi. Everyone will go home with their own jars of paste and kimchi. You will also learn to make the homey kimchi fried rice.

Kimchi Paste
White Kimchi– This refreshing kimchi is made with Napa cabbage, daikon radish Asian pear and fresh ginger that marinate in a sweet, sour and spicy light liquid.
Napa Cabbage Kimchi — learn an easy way to make the classic kimchi
Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Hot Pot
Did you know you could cook with kimchi? The sour and spicy fermented cabbage forms a delicious base for this tongue tingling hot pot.

Scallion Pancakes with Soy Scallion Dipping Sauce
Kimchi Hot Pot with tofu and pork ribs
Seasoned Cucumbers with Sesame Seeds
Sesame Pudding

Table Top Korean Barbecue Party
A Korean Barbecue party at your table is just plain fun. Everyone is wrapping seasoned tender pieces of kalbi (beef short ribs) in lettuce cups with a piquant miso sauce and enjoying the variety

Seasoned Seaweed Crisps
Grilled Short Ribs – Kalbi
Sesame Spinach Namul
Fruit Salad with Pine Nut Dressing

Just Appetizers
Little plates are big. Make Korean tapas the main attraction of your next party.

Seafood Scallion Pancakes
Korean Hot Wings
Kimchi Mandu— Korean Pot stickers
Toasted Seaweed Crisps

The Korean Table and some ingredients will be available for purchase.

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