Food is not only delicious to eat but also lifts your mood and is a great way to bond with people. With all these great social benefits, it is only fair to whip up a tasty meal to impress your date the next time you invite them over for dinner.
If you want to cook a cuisine that is easy yet delicious, Korean is the way to go. Not only are the dishes beginner-friendly, but they’re also a pleasant change from the food you’re used to eating. We’ve compiled a list of dishes your date would be swooning over!
Kimchi (Pickled Cabbage)
Okay, to be fair, kimchi is not a main dish.However, it’s a staple in every Korean dish. Learn how to prep some Kimchi, and you can pair it with just about any food to elevate the taste. Not only is kimchi delicious, but you could also make it with very few ingredients.
You might want to prep this dish a bit in advance, since the longer kimchi ferments, the better it tastes. The first thing you will need is some Napa cabbage. Cut the cabbage into 1-inch cubes and season it with sea salt. After your cabbage has been salted, soak it in filtered water in a large bowl for around 8 hours. After 7 to 8 hours, drain the cabbage and make sure to save up the water.
You will need pepper paste, ginger, garlic, sugar, and shallots for the kimchi paste. Toss them into a food processer until smooth. The pepper paste can be added according to how spicy you like your kimchi. Once your paste is ready, peel and cut some carrots and scallions.
Mix all the prepped ingredients and pack tightly into a mason jar. Pour some of the brine from earlier into the jar and shut tight. Now that your prep is over, you simply let mother nature take it from here! It should be ready to eat in 3–5 days.
Pa Muchim (Scallion Salad)
Scallions are a dish used liberally in every Korean dish. If you would like to start off with a light yet tasty salad, you could try challenging yourself by prepping Pa Muchim.
For the salad, you will have to cut your scallions into fine thin strips. They don't have to be uniform in shape so that you can do it at ease. Make sure you soak the scallions in cold water for around 15 minutes. Next, you simply drain and garnish it with some organic sesame oil, sesame seeds, and chili pepper. And there you have it, a salad you can eat on its own or pair with a meat dish!
Samgyupsal (Grilled Pork Belly)
If you want to go all out for your dinner date, we have just the dish for you. It's going to take some effort, but the result will be more than satisfactory.
For samgyupsal, you’ll need pork belly, your choice of Korean BBQ sauce, and some lettuce. You will want to start your prep a day early by marinating your thinly sliced pork belly pieces with BBQ sauce overnight. When it’s time for cooking, whip out your trusty pan or your BBQ grill, whichever works best for you. Grill either part of the pork strip for 4 minutes, and once you’re done grilling all of the pieces, your samgyupsal is ready to serve. You can wrap it in lettuce leaves and eat it with some soybean paste or anything else you fancy!
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