Staying home is extremely important right now. I’m sure a lot of you have been bored being stuck in your houses, but there are still a lot of things to do. Finding new hobbies, being creative, and even cooking are all great ideas to keep yourself occupied during this period of social distancing. I have been trying to stay creative in a lot of ways myself, and one of my favorite things to do when I’m home is cooking!
I love cooking all kinds of food, but I recently decided to give Korean food a shot. I went to Seoul a few years back, and while I didn’t have much time to explore or experience much Korean culture, I did get to enjoy quite a bit of the delicious food. I LOVE spicy food and Korea does that very well. Since Japanese food doesn’t offer much in the way of heat, when I’m craving something spicy, I have to make it myself.
For the past week I have been experimenting a lot with Korean food. I started off simple with some beef bowls using a gochujang-based marinade. Once I got comfortable with flavors, I moved on to my two favorite dishes from my trip to Korea – dakgalbi and budae jjigae. The budae jjigae I had in Seoul was one of the spiciest things I’ve ever eaten. So when I made it the other day, I wanted it to have that same heat. It didn’t end up being quite as hot, but it was still pretty spicy! I’ve had a lot of fun cooking Korean food and I’ve already started to think about what my next quarantine cooking adventure will be!
Here’s a picture of my budae jjigae. In Korea, I feel like it has a bit more of a red color, but mine turned out kind of orange. It still tasted great!