Korean Recipes

A side shot of kimchi rice balls on a grey plate.

Kimchi Rice Balls (Kimchi Jumeokbap) 

Do you enjoy picnicking during the warmer months of the year? If so, try adding kimchi jumeokbap, otherwise known as Korean kimchi rice balls, to your picnic repertoire! Or, instead, you can also make these for a simple meal at home. n South Korea, people often make these quick and easy rice balls as a rice-based filling ingredient in packed lunches. Previously, I wrote about Korean rice balls when I published my basic jumeokbap recipe. Now, I want to introduce you to these kimchi-based rice balls!

An overhead shot of Yakult soju popsicles on a pink plate. The plate sits next to a bottle of Yakult

Yakult Soju Popsicle Recipe

Recently, on Carving A Journey, I published a recipe for the popular Korean Yakult soju cocktail. While delicious as a cooling spring and summer cocktail, you can also transform it into the perfect boozy popsicle! This popsicle has a light and refreshing milky citrus flavor. The Yakult gives the popsicle a slightly sweet and fruity taste, while the Sprite adds the extra sweetness needed in the popsicle. Then, the final flavor is the boozy soju! Why drink a cocktail if you can eat it as a popsicle instead?!

An overhead shot of sesame seeds before they are toasted.

How to Toast Sesame Seeds:

Previously, on the blog, I wrote about toasted sesame seeds and toasted sesame oil. In those posts, I discussed how people in South Korea commonly use these ingredients in their cooking. After all, both ingredients are integral to North and South Korea’s food culture. Here, I give step-by-step instructions on how to toast sesame seeds on your own at home. Soon, you will be able to make dishes from all different food cultures that commonly use sesame seeds in their cuisine!

Yakult soju cocktail on a pink plate. It sits next to a green plant, a shaker, and a Yakult drink.

Yakult Soju Cocktail Recipe

Every few months, I publish a soju cocktail recipe. This time, I am publishing a recipe for the popular Yakult soju cocktail! In South Korea, people make this cocktail using a well-loved childhood sweet drink known as ‘Yakult.’ From there, they add soju and Sprite. In the end, the drink tastes citrusy, light, and refreshing. Honestly, it is a bit dangerous because you cannot taste the alcohol! 

Dipping a steak fry into gochujang mayo. The mayo sits in a white bowl

Gochujang Mayo Recipe

Do you like Korean flavors? If so, try making this gochujang mayo sauce! This sauce is the perfect condiment to spread on burgers, hotdogs, fish tacos, and sandwiches. I also recommend it as a dipping sauce for fries, roasted vegetables, and more! No matter how you use it, this sauce will add a delicious umami layer to your dish.