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Somaek, Beer, and Soju Lined Up
Beverages, Korean Recipes, Lifestyle and Culinary Tips, Recipes

Somaek (Korean Soju and Beer Cocktail)

In South Korea, the two most popular alcoholic drinks are undoubtedly soju and beer. While some people choose to drink copious bottles of beer or shots of soju, others mix the two into a smooth cocktail known as ‘somaek.’ Here, we will take a deep dive into how to make good somaek. Then, we will learn about some somaek food pairings, as well as Korean drinking culture tips.

Korean ttukbaegi pot
Lifestyle and Culinary Tips

What Is a Korean Ttukbaegi (Ddukbaegi)?

In videos or photographs depicting meals in South Korea, have you ever seen a black bowl or pot sitting in the center of the table? You may have noticed that, on one hand, these bowls contain stews, such as doenjang or kimchi jjigae. On the other hand, maybe they contained a soup such as samgyetang or a custardy egg dish named gyeran jjim. In Korea, this black pot is known as a ‘ttukbaegi’ (뚝배기).  Here, we will take a deep dive into how people use the Korean ttukbaegi, where to buy these pots, and how to maintain them.

Peach Sweet Tea and Bourbon
Beverages, Recipes, Southern Recipes

Peach Sweet Tea and Bourbon Cocktail

Once we reach July and August, we are in the middle of the summer sweet and juicy peach season! As a Georgia girl, we do two things really well: naming streets after peaches and making sweet tea. As such, I couldn’t go through the peach season without sharing this peach sweet tea and bourbon cocktail. Soon, you will be adding this recipe to your list of party-pleaser cocktails to quench thirst during the summer heat. We hope you enjoy it!

A group of traditional Korean onggi.
Lifestyle and Culinary Tips

What Is a Korean Onggi? (Korean Earthenware Pot)

For those new to Korean cooking, you may have seen or heard references to the Korean ‘onggi’ (옹기). In English, people translate the word ‘onggi’ as a ‘Korean earthenware pot.’ On the Korean peninsula, pottery has been used since prehistoric times for tableware and food storage–The earliest known onggi on the Korean peninsula dates back to around 4000 to 5000 BC. As such, the onggi is an important part of both North and South Korean traditional food culture. Here, we will take a deep dive into how people use the onggi, where to buy these pots, and how to maintain them.