[OP-ED] Easy Korean Meals to Cook when You Miss Home

Adriana Cho, Sept. 4, 2016, 6 p.m.

It is now the season of back to school, which means there will be a lot of students or young adults moving out of their parents’ home and living on their own for the first time. One of the biggest struggles when moving away is missing the delicious homemade food. But don’t worry! Here are 5 easy Korean recipes that even a complete beginner can cook to satisfy those cravings.

1. Spicy Rice Cake (떡볶이)

Spicy rice cake aka ddukbokki is a very popular Korean street food that is also easy to cook! You could make a very simple version with just a handful of ingredients, or go all out and cook yourself a quick gourmet meal. Check out Koogle TV’s ddukbokki video above, but be warned - your mouth will water! You can find the full written recipe here.

2. Kimchi Fried Rice (김치볶음밥)

Kimchi fried rice is a staple Korean comfort food that you can make in just a few minutes. Everyone loves fried rice, and if you add kimchi, it gives the dish the perfect spicy kick that makes it way better. This recipe is also very versatile, so you can just add in whatever ingredients you happen to have. Watch Koogle TV’s simple Kimchi fried rice recipe and try it yourself. You can find the full written recipe here.

3. Korean Spicy Cold Noodles (비빔국수)

If it is hot where you are, you might be craving something to cool you off. This recipe is the best summer meal, and even though it is spicy, the cold noodles will cool you down. This dish is also very flexible, so you can use whatever type of noodle you like best and mix in your favorite vegetables.

If you want a more traditional dish, this recipe has all the key components for the Korean dish: Simply Recipes

If you want a non-spicy, more Japanese version, this buckwheat noodle salad is also great: Kimchimari

4. Soybean Paste Soup (된장찌개)

This dish might look intimidating at first, but it is actually pretty simple to make. Doenjang jjigae, or soybean paste soup, is made with fermented soybean paste and is considered a staple to Koreans. It is not too spicy, so if you don’t like too much spice, this stew will still be delicious. Here is a recipe from Maangchi so you can make it at home.

5. Riceballs (주먹밥)

Jumokbap literally translates into “fist rice”, so this super easy meal is literally just a fistful of rice! You can form them into bite sized pieces to eat one by one, or you could make one huge riceball to bite out of like an apple. This is also the perfect picnic food! Here are two recipes from Easy Kooking Korean.

Which recipe are you excited to try?

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