Month: October 2021

A close up shot of white grits with greens

Gluten-Free Grits Brands (Are Grits Gluten-Free?)

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for details at the bottom of this page. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases on this post listing gluten-free grits brands. Further, this post asks the question ‘are grits gluten-free?’.  Grits are a staple in the coastal […]

An overhead shot of chunjang and a container of the paste

What Is Chunjang Paste? (Korean Black Bean Paste)

Like in the United States, South Korea has a huge Chinese food takeout culture. Also like in the United States, Korean Chinese food has adapted and changed until it no longer tastes authentic to match the Korean preferences and palate. Undoubtedly, the most famous Korean-Chinese dish in and outside of South Korea is jjajangmyeon, a wheat noodle dish topped with a thick brownish-black sauce. The sauce used for jjajangmyeon is known as jjajang (짜장)–otherwise known as ‘fried sauce.’ The main ingredient of the jjajang sauce is ‘chunjang’ (춘장). Here, we will discuss chunjang as an ingredient as well as Korean-Chinese dishes made using this sauce.

Jajang tteokbokki on a blue tray

One-Pot Korean Jajang Tteokbokki Recipe

Do you enjoy eating ‘tteokbokki’ (떡볶이), a Korean dish made by mixing rice cakes in spicy red sauce? What about ‘jajangmyeon’ (짜장면), a Korean-Chinese noodle dish made with a fermented black bean sauce? If so, you will love ‘jajang tteokbokki’ which combines the rice cakes from the tteokbokki with the sauce from the jjajangmyeon. 

Persimmons hanging to dry

Persimmon: A Guide to Persimmons in Korean Cuisine

This fall season, when you travel across South Korea, you will undoubtedly see rows of bright orange fruit hanging out to dry in the sun. These hanging fruits are persimmons, the edible fruit of numerous different species of trees in the genus of Diospyros. Juicy and sweet, people in Korea love these fruits. Originally from China, persimmons made their way over to the Korean peninsula sometime in the last 1,000 years. Learn about the persimmon fruit here!