Holding up a photo of myself taken back in 1997 at the same neighborhood in Incheon, South Korea where I used to live. Sometimes I wonder what my life would’ve looked like had my family decided to stay in Korea.

Almost three years ago, I made the decision to move back to South Korea, my motherland, the place that I was born. Months before I left, my parents and I argued a lot about my decision to move there.

“We came to America so that you can live a better life,” they said. “Why would you want to go back?”

But no matter how much we talked about it, I was adamant — convinced — that this was something that I had to do.

For as long as I can remember, I always struggled to understand my dual…


Marinated Korean BBQ, or galbi, is one of the most beloved Korean foods in the world.

Whether you’re new to Korean food or not, this sweet and succulent meat will win your heart over.

What is marinated Korean BBQ?


1997년 한국 인천에서 살았을 때 찍은 사진을 들고 같은 장소에서 찍은 사진. 우리 가족이 한국에 머물렀다면 현재 내 삶이 어떻게 되었을까 가끔 생각하곤 한다.

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약 3년 전, 저는 제가 태어난 모국인 한국으로 돌아가기로 결심했습니다. 떠나기 몇 달 전에, 이 결정에 대해 부모님과 많이 다투었습니다.

부모님은 “우리는 너희들이 더 나은 삶을 살 수 있도록 미국에 왔어.” 라고 말했습니다. “그런데 왜 돌아가려고 하는 거야?”

아무리 많은 이야기를 나누어도, 저는 단호하게 확신했습니다. 이것이 제가 해야 할 일이라고 말이죠.

제가 기억하는 한, 저는 항상 한국계 미국인으로서 스스로의 이중적 정체성을 이해하기 위해 애썼습니다. 그게 대체 무슨 뜻일까요?

한국인 정체성이라는 것은 항상 저를 온전히 대변하지 못하는 애매모호한 타이틀과 같 …


In this article, I’m going to show you how to make garlic chicken kalguksu, a Korean delicacy that’s a favorite in many a Korean household.

Kalguksu in Korean literally means “knife noodle soup” which implies that each noodles was cut one by one with a knife.

It has an artisanal ring to it; for me, it reminds me of the times when I used to help my mom make kalguksu as a kid.

I remember I used to stand next to my mom and help her chop the vegetables (I wasn’t “ready” to cut the noodles yet) in our small…


In this article, I’m going to teach you how to make haemul pajeon.

Haemul pajeon is one of the most appetizing and delicious Korean snack/lunch/dinner in the world! You see what I did there? You can eat haemul pajeon for almost any occasions. It’s great for parties, meal-for-two, or for a late-night Netflix sesh.

What is Haemul Pajeon?


Jjajangmyeon is a popular Korean noodle dish that consists of udon-styled noodles covered in a thick black bean paste sauce. The end result is a super delicious, mouth-watering noodle dish that’s to die for. My mom used to make this for our family once every week when I was young. I’m so excited to share this delicious recipe with you.

There’s a lot of ways to make jjajangmyeon. For this recipe, I’m going to use simple and basic ingredients. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make jjajangmyeon. It’s the definition of “the simpler, the better.”

This recipe will…


In this article, I’m going to show how to make some Korean tteokbokki! Tteokbokki is one of my favorite Korean dishes of all time, and I’m so excited to share this recipe with you.

This popular street food consists of chewy and springy rice cakes that’s saturated in a bath of hot and sweet red pepper sauce. It’s a dish that’s absolutely to die for. Best of all, it’s super tasty, easy to make, and great to share for up to 3 to 4 people.

There’s a lot of variations and methods when making tteokbokki. Personally, I like to add…


Korean Spinach Salad, sigumchi namul

Korean spinach salad, or sigumchi namul, is one of the tastiest and healthiest Korean side dishes out there. Best of all, it’s super easy to make and takes only 10 minutes. You can pretty much eat this side dish with any Korean food and it’ll taste super delicious.

Spinach’s Miraculous Health Benefits


Dubu jorim, or Korean braised tofu, is a tofu dish that’s cooked and coated with soy sauce and other ingredients. It’s one of my favorite Korean side dishes, and it’s super easy to make!

To make this dish, you first coat the tofu in salt and pepper and then stir fry them in a pan. After, you add the soy sauce marinade and cook until the sauce turns thick.


You NEED to try this SIMPLE Korean BBQ bulgogi this weekend that will blow your mind!

The title says it all! This incredibly simple Korean BBQ bulgogi recipe is super delicious and easy to make. I grew up eating my mom’s bulgogi at home all the time. I remember getting super excited whenever I walked into the house and I smelled bulgogi being cooked. When I wanted to make it for myself, I was afraid that I wouldn’t get it right, but my mom showed me that there are a lot of ways to make bulgogi.

John Lim

Writer, coffee enthusiast, tech geek, and occasional Korean cook.

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