Korean spicy fish stew (no shellfish)

Spicy fish stew cooking on a stove.

You can tell you’re in an authentic Korean restaurant when they’re dishing out that spicy fish stew known as maeuntang (매운탕). While they often whip it up with cod, the beauty of this dish is that you can get creative and use any fish you fancy. Now, our twist on this classic – it’s crafted with pollock, which gives it the name Dongtae Jjigae / 동태찌개.

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Korean spicy cucumber salad oi-muchim 🥒

Cucumber kimchi in a bowl

This simple Korean cucumber salad is the perfect side dish to serve at home. It is very a very common side dish at Korean restaurants. Some people even call this cucumber kimchi (I used to), but technically it is not kimchi. Since it is quickly prepared, not normally fermented, and can be eaten fresh, it’s not kimchi. But whatever you call it is a delicious recipe.

You can let this dish ferment before eating if you wish to do so. However, the cucumbers quickly lose their crunch and become mushy.

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