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15 Mar

Chimaek, Korean Fried Chicken And Beer


CNN has highlighted in its special feature on its website that Chimaek- the term used to describe the fried chicken (chi) and beer (maekju) combo - has been thriving in South Korea for years but the world is only now catching on.

It has also addressed that neither fried chicken nor beer originated in Korea.

But the union of these two overseas imports has become a culturally significant force in South Korean drinking culture.

The country is bursting with places to eat chicken.
As of 2013, South Korea had more than 20,000 fried chicken eateries. The market for fried chicken is worth about 3 trillion KRW (about $3 billion), according to Statistics Korea. There's even a festival devoted to chicken and beer...
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13 Mar

Crispy Korean Chicken Nuggets, Dak Gang-jeong

Who wouldn’t enjoy munching on these little sticky spicy chicken nuggets that are crisp, sweet, and tangy? They are a little bit on the spicy side, but not like the kinds that kill your senses.
This particular Korean chicken appetizer is called Dak ganjeong (닭강정). It is crispy and slightly spicy Korean chicken nuggets. Yes, they are deep-fried. That makes this chicken so tasty and irresistible. As long as you don’t eat them by the bucketfull, a few pieces will calm your craving and won’t hurt you so badly. As you can tell, they are tiny pieces.
I made this crispy Korean chicken nuggets to post in a website called DramaFever. As some of you might already know that...
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10 Mar

The 15 Best New Restaurants Where Women Call the Shots

Last year, ELLE published our first-ever restaurant guide: 30 exceptional, newly opened establishments helmed by extraordinary female executive chefs. Our motivation? While women had always been doing incredible things in restaurant kitchens, they hadn't always been getting credit for it, and we wanted to help change that. And with such rapid innovation going on in food (it's almost hard to remember when ramen was what you prepared on dorm-room hot plates), we just wanted to know where, if we're spending our hard-earned money, the great places to go out to eat are. In this, our second installment of the ELLE restaurant guide, we narrowed our list to 15 but kept to our original criteria: new restaurants with a kick-ass woman...
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10 Mar

How to Order Grilled Meats and Booze Like a Pro

Right now there is simply no better way to dine out as a group than to gather a slew of friends for Korean barbecue. And there have never been better places to do so, from Koreatown classics to modern restaurants upending tradition. Young chefs all over the country are rewriting the barbecue rules at new restaurants like NYC’s Kang Ho Dong Baekjeongto Trove in Seattle. See what we’re ordering, how we’re grilling, and what shots we’re doing. The Grill If the server insists on grilling for you, let him or her do it. That’s what happens at the best places. But if they don’t, then please: Keep your eye on the meat. Flip from time to time for even cooking. If a...
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9 Mar

The Top 10 NYC Bibimbaps

Chipotle who? With Korean beauty exploding on the scene it’s no surprise that Korean food is not far behind. If you haven’t had bibimbap it’s sort of a mashup of all our fave things; rice, vegetables, hot sauce, sometimes yummy runny eggs and other delicious stuff. Oh and did we mention it’s served in a chic hot bowl which keeps the dish warm while you Instagram, er, we mean eat it? Ok no, it’s not quite as healthy as salad, but it’s delicious and filling, and possibly a lesser-of-two-evils sort of comfort food. Step out of your comfort zone and delve into this fab list of delicious bibimbap joints. You’ll be thanking us (and planning a trip to Seoul) in no time… Check out...
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9 Mar

10 Airlines Offering Real Food You’ll Actually Want To Eat

So chill and refreshing—just like Hawaii! Photo: IslandsR4Me / Flickr

In this modern age, you should be thankful for airlines that offer free peanuts, pretzels, and soda without charging you an arm and a leg. Unless of course you are referring to ever shrinking leg space, in which case, you are out of luck.

With most American carriers, even when you can get a real meal (as opposed to a “snack box”), what arrives is a far cry from anything other civilized cultures would call a “meal.”

But it’s not like that everywhere. In fact, many wonderful airlines are serving legitimate, easy-to-identify items, that aren’t reserved just for first and business class. Here are ten we’d happily dine on.


1. Emirates

Now that is a mile-high breakfast of champions! Photo: Sarah Ackerman / Flickr
Now that is a mile-high breakfast of champions! Photo: Sarah Ackerman / Flickr
Middle Eastern food is the main attraction...
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8 Mar

10 Essential Kimchi Dishes

Kimchi has had something of a moment lately, as culinary border-hoppers and microbial enthusiasts alike have celebrated the fact that the stuff is not just good, but also good for you. The tart, funky flavors that make the spicy pickle so addictive are the result of lactic acid fermentation, a process that produces probiotic bacteria believed to promote health. Think of kimchi as the original Korean superfood. And while kimchi may be emblematic of Korean culinary heritage, serving as the cornerstone of many a traditional meal, it has also found its way into a number of unorthodox dishes that keep one foot planted in the peninsula while the other travels far and wide. Think tacos, sandwiches, and other Franken-creations. Some of...
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6 Mar

Recipe: Lemony Rice Cake

Active Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 2 hours Serves: 8-10 1 quart whole milk ½ vanilla pod, split and scraped Rind plus juice of 1 lemon or orange, plus finely grated zest for garnish (optional) 1⅓ cups granulated sugar 1¼ cups Arborio rice or Anson Mills Carolina Gold rice 8 large eggs ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or paste ⅔ cup amaretto or limoncello liqueur, or ½ cup additional lemon juice 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line a 9-inch spring-form cake pan with parchment paper. 2. Bring milk, vanilla, lemon rind and 1 cup sugar to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in rice. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until rice is al dente and mixture has a creamy consistency, 20-25...
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3 Mar

Gochujang-Braised Chicken and Crispy Rice


Gochujang-Braised Chicken And Crispy Rice
Long-grain rice is not starchy enough to hold together, so make a batch of short-grain a day ahead and you’ll be good to go.



1 small onion, finely chopped
8 garlic cloves, finely grated
1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
¼ cup gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more
3 cups cooked short-grain rice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon mustard powder
8 chicken drumsticks, patted dry
Kosher salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
6 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, cut into 1-inch pieces

Preparation Mix onion, garlic, ginger, gochujang, soy sauce, sugar, mirin, sesame oil, and 1 tsp. pepper in...
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