Cooking Korean food at home
26 August, 2020
Ideas for wowing the family with easy homestyle Korean dishes
Korean food has flown under the radar. If you grew up in Australia in the 1980s, home cooked Chinese food was pretty common, and in the 1990s, Thai food got its moment in the spotlight. In the early 2000s, more and more Asian foods made their way into Australian supermarkets and home kitchens. But Korean food hasn’t yet taken off.
Well, we say it’s time for that to change. Korean food is delicious, healthy, and easy to cook at home. Want something a little bit naughtier? Korean fried chicken is the only KFC worth talking about. In addition, with many dishes being made up of different components, it can be a flexible style of cooking to cater to the various tastes and food preferences of your family. So, let’s get started on some basics of Korean home cooking.
What are you going to need?
Most of what you’re going to need is going to be readily available in your local Woolworths. Think rice, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, chilli paste, fresh veggies, and meat, fish and poultry. Anything more specialist you’ll be able to pick up somewhere like Asian City and if they don’t have it, we’re blessed with specialist Korean grocery shops in Chatswood.
Feeling like you need a little help? Kits are your friend
OK, so you want to start cooking Korean food but you’re feeling a bit unsure about where to start? This is where meal kids can be awesome. Sydney-based Eatboxnow will package up everything you need for a complete Korean barbeque experience at home and deliver it to your door, with the delivery area including Chatswood and surrounding north shore suburbs.
Or if you don’t want a full kit, we say there’s nothing wrong with using a ready-made sauce. Woolworths sells gochujang chilli paste and well as ready-made Korean barbeque marinades and sauces, and of course, kimchi. With some freshly bought ingredients, you’ll be well on your way to a delicious meal in no time at all.
Easy Korean favourites
Here’s some recipe ideas to get you started:
- The aforementioned Korean fried chicken
- Bulgogi (Korean BBQ)
- Bibimbap (rice bowl with various side dishes, sauces and an egg)
- Banchan (vegetable side dishes)
- Kimchi (spicy fermented cabbage)
- Ssamjang (the sauce used for lettuce wraps)
Many Korean meals involve mixing and matching various elements to suit individual tastes. This makes it great for feeding the family as fussy less adventurous eaters can opt not to add any or as much chilli sauce for example.
Don’t actually feel like cooking?
Yeah, we feel you. Some nights, you just need to let someone else do the cooking. The good news is you can swing by Chatswood Interchange to pick up your Korean favourites at Tori Korean Street Food to eat in or take away, or if all you really want to do is Netflix and chill, you can get dinner delivered by Uber Eats.