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  1. Hi!
    Congratulations for your website!
    Do you have a homemade black soybean paste recipe?
    Thanks in advance!

  2. Hii…
    Where to buy vegetables seeds in Korea?
    My husband plan to visit Busan and Seoul..
    Thank you

    • That’s such a broad question. Vegetable seeds are available at seeds store (Jongmyo-sa, 종묘사) and there are so many stores around Seoul and Busan. One name from google search came up is this. Jung-Ang Jongmyosa (중앙종묘사) Address: South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu, Jongno 5(o)-ga, 193-7 I’ve never been to this place but it looked closest from the subway exit. I’m sure you will be around Jongno a lot as there are lots of opportunities to experience Korean traditional culture. Enjoy your trip to Korea!

  3. Hi Sue!

    I would like to make kimchi but I’m a vegetarian. Can you please tell me is there is something to substitute the fish sauce with?

    Thank you

    • Hi Cass, Unfortunately I don’t have the answer yet. I’ve been looking into making Kimchi without the fish sauce lately for myself as well but I haven’t found any useful information yet. I’ll let you know when I do though. I’m thinking of starting with eliminating the fish sauce and slightly increasing the salt. I’m sure the taste won’t be the same but I will see how it turns out first. :)

  4. Where can I buy Elvan Stone?

  5. I was at a Korean store yesterday & bought a root vegetable, thinking I’d google it to see what to do with it. (I was being adventurous) I get no results from google!!! Can you tell me what to do with nasaimo? Thank you very much!

    • What is nasaimo? It sounds like Japanese name. I googled it but no plant/vegetable came out with this search. Are you spelling it correctly?

    • This is the spelling on the label. It is about 18″ long, 1″ across at the narrow (top?) and 2″ across at the other end. It is rounded at the bottom end, it looks like it had small roots all over it. I should have asked at the store, I guess, but I couldn’t find anyone who didn’t seem to be incredibly busy. It was right next to the yukka root. Does it sound like anything you are familiar with?

      • Sorry Sharon, I wish I could help you. I have no idea what this vegetable is… :( Maybe take it back to the store now and ask? Or if not urgent, freeze it now and ask next time you go to the store.

        • OK, thanks for trying. I’ll either peal it & try it raw tomorrow, or cook it, or go back to the store! Who knows, I may do all 3!

  6. I am looking for small, square, box like edged serving plates. I was given one by a Korean friend several years ago and want to buy several now to use regularly. It is made of paper or cardboard and painted brown. He told me these small side plates are traditional for serving Korean side dishes. Can you help me locate a supplier?

    • Can you take a picture of yours and send it to me? I can sort of grasp what you’re talking about but when you say it’s made of paper or cardboard, it puzzles me. I don’t know what it is.

  7. Hi, Sue,

    I served in Korea during the late 60’s and loved the country and the food. I have been disappointed with American rice since that time, and your instructions on how to prepare Korean rice helped me a lot. Thanks for your blog. I will be back!

    David

  8. Hi Sue!

    I live in Gladstone on the Central Queensland coast, and am passionate about cooking Korean food. I have huge love for Tteokbokki, however no stores in Gladstone sell rice cakes to make this. Do you know of a reputable on-line shop that would sell this item? Gladstone unfortunately does not have a lot in the way of Asian supermarkets, and the one that is here mainly stocks Filipino items. I do go to Brisbane often and try and stock up on what I can, but there is only so much you can bring back!

    Love your site, and look forward to your response

    Martin

    • You’re probably not going to be able to find that online except in the instant/microwaveable form because it’s so perishable. You can try making it though. It takes a little while but the ingredients aren’t obscure or anything. Just google recipes for it, there’s a ton out there.

      For future reference hmart.com is a good place to buy korean food. I use Amazon a lot too.

    • Hi Martin, I feel your pain! I haven’t came across a good online Korean grocery store in Australia yet. I googled and looked around but non of them sells Korean rice cakes. I think it’s the nature of the food (that it has to be kept in the fridge if not used within 24-48 hrs) is preventing shipping long distance. Though I’ll let you know once I find one. Good luck until then!

  9. Ann Castaneda says:

    Sue, Since you speak Korean and know Korean food, I wonder if you could help me? My father is writing a book about his experiences in the Korean War. He is trying to remember a couple of Korean words that he learned there, but I think he may be way off. He says the Korean word for plain cooked brown rice sounded like “go hung” rice to him and that the
    word(s) good or very good sounded like “jo toe”. Do you have any idea what the actual words may have been?

  10. Hi!

    I’m traveling to visit my brother in Seoul for Christmas, do you know of any gluten free options other than rice? Or can you recommend places to eat? I love you site and was hoping you had some suggestions for food.

    Thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you!

    -Natalie

  11. Hi again! My last message was incomplete…XD

    I wanted to ask if you know “Momoya kimchee base”, because I read online that it’s nothing like the real kimchee, that uses gochugaru. Is it similar to gochujang in taste?

    Again, thank you for sharing this nice blog! ^o^

    Ayu

    • Hi Ayu, I hope you enjoy my pork bone soup and bibimbap recipes. I’ve never heard of momoya kimchee base. Though in general homemade Kimchi base doesn’t use gochujang. So I don’t think it would taste similar to gochujang.

  12. Hi Sue!
    I recently ordered Gochujang (and Gochugaru), because I must try some of your korean recipes! (the first ones will be the pork bone soup and bibimbap >_ ◡ < )

    Ayu

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