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Cooking for a family in Korea: notes of an ex-pat wife


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Cooking for a family in Korea: notes of an ex-pat wife
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Braised Pork with Asian pears
 
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Savory and sweet pork stew
 
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Roast pork sandwiches with Asian pear slaw
 
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Korean noodles with pork and black bean sauce
 
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Meat a la Francaise
 
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Russian “winter” potato salad
 
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Chicken curry with pumpkin sauce
 
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Chicken noodle soup with spinach and veggies
 
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Fried chicken
 
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Russian Borsch
 
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Korean style individual stone pots
 
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Bulgogi (Korean BBQ) Beef Stew
 
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Best ever meatballs with spinach
 
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Meatloaf with home made BBQ sauce with maple bacon
 
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Tuna and black rice casserole
 
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Fish Amok
 
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Fish stew with ginger
 
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Fish with roasted bell pepper and zucchini confetti pesto
 
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Korean seafood pancake (Haemul Pajeon)
 
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Seafood bisque
 
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Asian noodles in broth with shredded veggies, fried egg and mixed hot sauce
 
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Pan fried potatoes with mushrooms and onions
 
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Vinaigrette (Russian red beet salad)
 
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Polish “pickle” soup
 
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Vegetable “Inna” Caserole
 
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Best Potato soup
 
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Spinach pesto pasta or the “GREEN MONSTER” pasta
 
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Roasted tomato cream sauce pasta, also known as “Pink” pasta in our house
 
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Quick one pot “GREEN” vegetable pasta
 
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Focaccia Bread
 
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Russian crepes
 
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Perfect chocolate cupcakes
 
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Cinnamon roll (or sticky bun) yeast dough
 
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Cinnamon Rolls
 
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Perfect Pie Crust
 
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Pizza Dough
 
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Perfect Carrot cake
 
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Pineapple and banana upside down cake in slow cooker
 
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“Loaded” tomato sauce
 
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Curry Powder Blend
 
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Home Made Ketchup
 
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Bulgogi Sauce/Marinade
 
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Red velvet beat cupcakes
 
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Zucchini and carrots mini muffins
 
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Roasted carrots and pumpkin “candy”
 
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Beet Red ketchup
 
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Cauliflower pizza crust
 
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Black bean brownie
 

Cookbook Recipe
Braised Pork with Asian pears

Cookbook Recipe
Savory and sweet pork stew

Cookbook Recipe
Roast pork sandwiches with Asian pear slaw

Cookbook Recipe
Korean noodles with pork and black bean sauce

Cookbook Recipe
Meat a la Francaise

Cookbook Recipe
Russian “winter” potato salad

Cookbook Recipe
Chicken curry with pumpkin sauce

Cookbook Recipe
Chicken noodle soup with spinach and veggies

Cookbook Recipe
Fried chicken

Cookbook Recipe
Russian Borsch

Cookbook Recipe
Korean style individual stone pots

Cookbook Recipe
Bulgogi (Korean BBQ) Beef Stew

Cookbook Recipe
Best ever meatballs with spinach

Cookbook Recipe
Meatloaf with home made BBQ sauce with maple bacon

Cookbook Recipe
Tuna and black rice casserole

Cookbook Recipe
Fish Amok

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Fish stew with ginger

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Fish with roasted bell pepper and zucchini confetti pesto

Cookbook Recipe
Korean seafood pancake (Haemul Pajeon)

Cookbook Recipe
Seafood bisque

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Asian noodles in broth with shredded veggies, fried egg and mixed hot sauce

Cookbook Recipe
Pan fried potatoes with mushrooms and onions

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Vinaigrette (Russian red beet salad)

Cookbook Recipe
Polish “pickle” soup

Cookbook Recipe
Vegetable “Inna” Caserole

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Best Potato soup

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Spinach pesto pasta or the “GREEN MONSTER” pasta

Cookbook Recipe
Roasted tomato cream sauce pasta, also known as “Pink” pasta in our house

Cookbook Recipe
Quick one pot “GREEN” vegetable pasta

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Focaccia Bread

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Russian crepes

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Perfect chocolate cupcakes

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Cinnamon roll (or sticky bun) yeast dough

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Cinnamon Rolls

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Perfect Pie Crust

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Pizza Dough

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Perfect Carrot cake

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Pineapple and banana upside down cake in slow cooker

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“Loaded” tomato sauce

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Curry Powder Blend

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Home Made Ketchup

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Bulgogi Sauce/Marinade

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Red velvet beat cupcakes

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Zucchini and carrots mini muffins

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Roasted carrots and pumpkin “candy”

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Beet Red ketchup

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Cauliflower pizza crust

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Black bean brownie

Three years ago we came to South Korea with our then two months old daughter. My husband’s assignment was supposed to be for two years. Now three years later and counting we are still here. Our son was born here just “down the street” in the small Korean hospital in Okpo called MizMoms. We have made many life long friendships and subsequently had to see those people move away as is the nature of ex-pat life. A lot of Life has happened here.

Okpo and other surrounding areas have changed a lot in these three years. There are a few more good restaurants (five versus two), more kids play cafes, and “foreign” foods are more diverse and readily available. However, I still think life here takes some adjusting. Specifically, cooking for a family here takes some adjusting.

As an ex-pat wife with a very demanding infant, I had little freedom to go out and explore my surroundings. Highlight of my day often was a trip to a grocery store without a baby albeit confined by strict time table of a needy constantly breast feeding baby. When at home, I spent a lot of time doing the aforementioned breast feeding or bouncing on the yoga ball to pacify the baby into sleep while watching Korean TV cooking channels on mute. My only entertainment quickly became experimenting with family style meals given the constraints of living in South Korea.

There are many challenges that I found while cooking for my family here in Korea – lack of variety of fresh vegetables but staggering abundance of leafy greens most of which I did not know, lack of the convenient and familiar marinades and sauces, scarcity and expensiveness of beef and dairy products, and bad ovens just to mention a few.

This collection of recipes is a result of three years of trial and error, independent study of culinary arts and hard survival lessons. All recipes here are family friendly, made from scratch AND easy to make, honest. I am also including a section of kid friendly recipes that I have amassed as a result of having two extremely picky eaters.

I also strive here to provide some basic cooking tips, recipe background and stories of our life here that led me to the particular recipe.

So here we go ☺ Enjoy!

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Cooking for a family in Korea: notes of an ex-pat wife

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