Some Korean dishes are fabled for being fussy and laborious in its preparation. I’ll never forget watching a group of ajummas in thick rubber gloves up to their elbows standing around a giant vat of kimchi, working the garlic mixture into the napa cabbage for what seemed like an eternity.
Thankfully, I have found a great resource called 만개의레시피 (or 10,000 Recipes), a website that simplifies a lot of Korean recipes for impatient, edacious people like myself. Why haven’t I been here before?
The emphasis in the videos – and there are hundreds here – is on speed. By which I mean that the advert before the video may well be longer than the video itself. Here’s 고추장찌개 (red pepper paste stew) in 34 seconds:
Obviously it’s going to take a bit longer to make, but it makes you feel like it’s achievable, which has not always been the case in the Korean recipe books I’ve used until now. I’m going to start out with some of the simpler side dishes and see how far I get.
As a tool for language learning it’s not particularly useful, with the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it instructions in Hangeul. But er… did someone say food? Great! I’m starving!
Best of all, you can view recipes through a dedicated phone/tablet app for Android and iOS. This is good news if, like me, if you’re an extremely messy cook and would quite happily decorate your computer with 파전 batter if given the chance.