Korean food cooking at home

Planning to cook Korean food at home? I had the chance to cook Korean food for a few times with Regine Monsanto, the 2017 Global Taste of Korea grand champion and here are some of the things I learned:

1. Follow the ingredients

The first time we cooked Korean food together was when we went to Marinduque and prepared our food for our visit in Mogpog's Ulong Bay. Since it's Japche (glass noodles) that we are cooking, the key ingredients here includes the sesame seed, sesame oil, mushroom and the noodles itself. However, since that was the time that we were in Marinduque, it's quite difficult to find the ingredients so we brought it all with us all the way from Manila. Korean food, when cooked with a different ingredient (especially the sesame oil) tastes differently so it's a MUST that you follow all the ingredients correctly.

2. Don't be afraid to experiment

If you are already confident with the taste of your Korean recipes, how about giving it a little twist already? I don't recommend that you do this on your first try of cooking Korean food but eventually, you will enjoy recreating the flavors of Korean with a little twist of Filipino taste to it.

We had this broiled meat (bossam style) in a ssam. Since we are comfortable recreating our food in different flavors, we are no longer afraid to try everything. After all, Korean food is all about having the most important flavors including sweetness, saltiness, bitterness, sourness and spicyness (sweet, salty, bitter, sour and spicy) to balance the yin and yang principle of the food.

3. Make it presentable

Korean food is a huge part of Korean culture and in their culture, they believe that the presentation of the food is important. They have this principle that the food tastes better when it looks presentable. Thus, from their banchans (side dishes) to their main course, they care so much about how it looks. If you want to please your guests or your family members, it is very important that what you cook is very appealing (and at some point, insta-worthy too so you can share it with your friends on social media).