Korean Market In Southern California

I have been craving Korean food a lot lately.  I used to dream of going to grocery stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s when I lived in Korea, but recently I have been dreaming of Korean Markets.  I never expected that! Surprisingly, there are many Korean Markets in SoCal.  I recently visited Zion Market, a chain in the LA/Orange County area.  The market was awesome, I was able to find everything I was looking for and things I forgot about.  The market was equipped with a bakery, The Face Shop, prepared foods section and of course groceries – including all the staple meats, produce, condiments and supplies for an authentic Korean meal.

Below are some of my Korean favorites that I never thought I would have again and found them all at Zion Market, including rice wine, mixed rice, citron tea, jajangmyeon, mandu, and fish ice cream!

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Daily Bread n Butter

Hello Hungry Girl in Korea followers!   Since I am no longer living in Korea, I have officially completed my postings on this blog.

Thank you for supporting my blog and following my posts.  Please follow my new blog – Daily Bread n Butter which has a theme of homemade craveable food.  I will be posting new and exciting recipes soon, stay tuned!

Here are links to my first 2 posts:

Apple Pie Smoothies with Speculoos

Birthday Cake Truffles

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Sweetened Condensed Soy Milk

It has been a while since I published a post since I am now back in America.  I am excited to share my sweetened condensed soy milk recipe.  It can be used in any recipe in place of the canned/bottled condensed milk such as my Thai Iced Tea recipe or even a tres leches cake!  You can control the sweetness, which is what I really appreciate about making my own.  I hope you give it a try :-)

Condensed Soy Milk

Sweetened Condensed Soy Milk

Servings: makes about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

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Iced Coffee-Tea

I first saw this idea of coffee-tea in Hong Kong.  Talk about a pick-me-up!  It’s actually very refreshing and delicious.  This simple recipe uses only 3 ingredients to create a cool and creamy low-calorie coffee treat.

Iced Coffee-Tea

Iced Coffee-Tea

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

~3/4 cup hot water

-1 tea bag (I used Earl Grey, use your favorite flavored black tea)

-2 packets of 1/2 calorie coffee mix

-sweet soy milk or almond milk (optional)

Directions

1) Steep the tea bag in the hot water for 3-5 minutes.

2) Add about 2-3 tablespoons of the hot tea to the coffee mix in a mug.  This will dissolve the coffee.

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Korean Sweet Rice Cake ‘Samoas’

Korean sweet rice cakes (gyungdan) are traditionally filled with red bean paste and coated in different grain or bean powders.  I created this rice cake recipe by chance when I was experimenting with different fillings and coatings and wound up with one that tastes like the famous ‘samoas’ girl scout cookie!  However, they are much healthier.  There are many types of Korean rice cakes, but this one is the easiest as it does not require ‘pounding’ with a pestle.  You simply make the 4-ingredient dough and boil the rice cake balls.  This particular version is filled with Nutella and coated with toasted coconut…yum!  Feel free to create your own unique variations.

Korean Rice Cake

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Korean Soy Milk Review

Since living in Korea,  I have switched to drinking soy milk.  I didn’t ever love the taste of milk, but after the funky smell and price of Korean milk, I opted to try something new.  Below is a list of several Korean soy milk brands I have tried and my brief review of each from my favorite to least favorite.  Soy milk in Korean is called  ’duyu’ (두유).

Soy Milk

1. Plain Soy Milk

Vegemil A

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Copy-Cat Paris Baguette Chicken Wrap

In this recipe, I  re-created the Thai Chicken Wrap from Paris Baguette.  It is my favorite quick meal if I can’t find anything else.  Here in Korea, Paris Baguette is as common as Starbucks in America.   These wraps are very easy to make at home!

Chicken Wrap

Copy-Cat Paris Baguette Chicken Wrap

Servings: 3

Ingredients

For the breaded chicken:

-2 chicken breasts

-6 to 8 saltine crackers, smashed (I used multigrain ones)

~25 almonds, crushed

-1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

-1 egg

-2 Tbls flour (I used whole wheat)

For the wrap:

~2 cups spinach, washed and dried

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Slice & Bake: Asian Tea Cookies

In this Neapolitan-style cookie, Asian flavors of chocolate, roasted soybean and green tea are layered and then dipped in white chocolate.  These decadent cookies are perfect with tea or coffee.

Asian Tea Cookies

Slice & Bake: Asian Tea Cookies

Servings: About 50 Cookies

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature (soft)

-1 1/4 cups sugar

-1/4 cup milk, at room temperature

-1 egg

-2 tsp vanilla extract (or 5-7 drop of vanilla concentrate)

-1/2 tsp baking soda

-1/4 tsp salt

-1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

-1 1/4 cups white wheat flour

-2 Tbls cocoa powder

-3 Tbls roasted soybean powder

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Korean Street Bread

Here in Korea, street breads are very popular.  These waffle-like breads are usually filled with red bean paste, chocolate, or flavored custard.  They come in all different shapes like fish shaped (bungeoppang) or even poop shaped (dongbang)!   In this simple recipe, I show you the technique for making your own Korean street bread at home.

Below, I am enjoying  some dongbang!  It’s cute isn’t it?

DongBangBread1   DongBang2

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