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Spicy Korean Pork & Calamari

12 01 17

Heyyyy, I just realized I have not posted anything in over a month. Yikes! Whatever happened to “post-at-least-once-a-week” goal?!? I really need to keep up with it, don’t I!! Anyways, I’m happy to be back with this favorite recipe. I think you will love this and it goes so well with rice or noodles or just with a lettuce wrap. Check out the full 3-min video and recipe below. Yum, So good! Happy Friday, y’all!

1 lb of calamari (tubes and tentacles)
1 lb of thinly sliced pork belly
½ onion
4 green onion

½ cup gochujang (chili paste)
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tbsp sweet rice syrup
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp gochugaru (chili powder)
1 tsp sesame oil
black pepper

Cut slices of pork belly in about 1.5” wide pieces then pre-season with mirin (or sake) and pepper. Julienne onion and green onion. Cut cleaned calamari into similar sizes. I like to score the calamari tubes for softer texture. Make spicy and sweet marinade and add it to pork belly and calamari to set aside for at least 30 min.

On high heat, start cooking the pork belly first to get the fat oil going then add calamari. Cook it for few minutes (about 5 min) until both pork and calamari is fully cooked. Add onion and green onion, add gochugaru and sesame oil at the end to add some more kick and flavor!

Cooking this dish on high heat throughout is important as calamari will get tougher if overcooked on lower heat. Scoring the calamari tubes will add nice soft texture. Adding onions will add natural sweet flavor and make the dish little bit more saucy and juicy! 


10 Tips To Master Korean Pancakes

10 11 17

I recently posted this image on my Instagram account with some tips. I thought it was fun to see some questions and responses so I’m sharing it here and working on more Korean cooking tips for you! Let me know what you think!


1 / It’s usually 1 : 1 (pancake mix : water) ratio. 1 cup will make about 2-3 pancakes.

2 / Finely chop ingredients or in thin shreds so you can spread thin and flat.

3 / Add 1 big ice cube in the batter mix for extra crispy pancakes.

4 / You only flip twice but press down with spatula to make sure its cook thoroughly.

5 / Add more oil around the edges and in the middle by lifting the pancake, again for extra crispy pancake.

6 / Season your mix lightly with salt even if you make sauce to dip

7 / Easy dipping sauce to make: soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds (+green chili for extra kick).

8 / Flavorful combo: chives + green onion + perilla OR zucchini + onion + dried shrimp OR kimchi + kimchi juice + sugar + gochujang + green onion.

9 / Make the pancake ahead of time, refrigerate then reheat on pan (without oil) on low-med heat. This also makes it crispy and flavorful.

10 / Make it on a rainy day, eat it with Korean rice wine (Makgeolli) and share it with your friends & family.

Click here for yummy Korean Seafood Pancake recipe!


Annual Instagram Yard Sale

09 14 17

September 15 – 17 (FRI – SUN)

Hello friends, I’m excited to open a tiny private yard sale this weekend on Instagram. Yes, Instagram! I’m happy because I did some decluttering at home and hoping that some of these treasures will find a new home, a new kitchen. Please read the instructions carefully before placing your order.

Items on sale will be posted over at banchanworkshop_yardsale instagram account. This account is a private so please request to follow.

Comment if you are interested in purchasing or if you need more description about the item(s). (e.g. dimensions, color, texture, flaws).

Email your info (see below) to with subject: Yardsale

Name (First, Last)
Your Instagram handle (e.g. @selina.s.lee)
Item(s) you want to purchase (Item#, Item Name)
Your email address
Your PayPal account email address (if different from above)
Shipping address (if not picking up)

Shipping cost estimate will be provided within 24 hours (via email). Shipping is available to US only.

Payments are received via PayPal. Send payments to via PayPal (send money as friends & family) PLEASE DO NOT SEND PAYMENT UNTIL YOU GET A FINAL QUOTE AND CONFIRMATION FROM ME. THANK YOU!

Orders are prioritized by info received via email. Commenting on Instagram does not guarantee you to claim the item.

Sale is not final until payment is received.

Photo caption will changed to SOLD once payment is received and buyer notified via Email.

Packages will ship out starting Wednesday, 9/20.

If you are local, you can pick it up from Private Mailbox & General Store in Oakland. Mention that you are there to pick up online yard sale item from box #500.  

Private Mailbox & General Store
484 Lake Park Ave. #500
Oakland, CA 94610

All sales are final. There are no refunds or returns. If you have any problems or concerns, please email me.

Follow @banchanworkshop_yardsale – Comment if needed – Submit Email Request – Shipping Estimate & Confirmation – Send Payment – Shipping Notification

Thank You!