Side Dishes

Rice Paper Kim Bugak in a paper lined basket

Korean Rice Paper Fried Seaweed Trend (Rice Paper Kim Bugak)

Recently, I wrote about a Korean fried seaweed snack known as ‘kim bugak’ (or gim bugak). Traditionally, people in Korea make this fried crispy seaweed chip by coating dried seaweed in a glutinous rice paste. Then, they would once again dry out the seaweed and rice paste before deep-frying it. Nowadays, people have started making this traditional dish using pre-made rice paper instead of making rice paste from glutinous rice flour. Not only does it skip a few steps, but it also is less messy. Here, we will learn about this new trendy way of making kim bugak!

Kim bugak in a wooden bowl.

Korean Fried Seaweed Snack (Kim Bugak 김부각)

Have you heard of temple food? In South Korea, temple cuisine refers to a type of culinary culture that originated in Buddhist temples. A popular type of fried seaweed snack, known as kim bugak (김부각), started out as a Buddhist temple food. Nowadays, people often eat these fried seaweed chips as a quick bite, banchan (side dish), or anju (drinking snack). 

Oi Muchim In a Bowl

Oi Muchim Recipe (Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad)

During the summer months, in our household, we love making oi muchim, a type of spicy Korean cucumber salad. While this seasoned cucumber dish has a spicy kick, it is also refreshing during the extreme summer heat. Here, we will teach you about oi muchim and answer any questions you may have about this dish.

Korean Rice Paper Tteokbokki

Korean Rice Paper Tteokbokki Recipe

Of late, have you seen the new rice paper tteokbokki hack? Recently, during the spring and summer of 2021, this recipe idea started trending in South Korea. Instead of using the typical tteok (Korean rice cakes) in the tteokbokki, people are replacing it with rolled rice paper.

Korean Braised Lotus Roots

Korean Braised Lotus Root (Yeongeun Jorim)

In Korea, braised lotus roots, known as yeongeun jorim, are a popular side dish. People often make this at home and enjoy eating it as a side dish in restaurants. Actually, most schools prepare this side dish for the cafeteria school lunches because of its great source of fiber and vitamin C.