I came home today, opened my mail, and I got… this!


My cousin Jennifer reads my blog and she purchased this book for me after learning that I love Maangchi!

What a wonderful, generous gesture.

What if we all did something nice for someone every day? Wouldn’t it be a better world?


I am going to pay it forward by cooking some dishes and having friends over. As soon as my cousin can make her way to Arizona, she and her family will sit down at my table and enjoy the fruits of my mad Korean cooking skills.





Korean Hand-Torn Noodle Soup

My daughters love sujebi, a Korean hand-torn noodle soup. My mother makes a fantastic soup and I have not encountered it at a restaurant (yet). Supposedly, sujebi goes back to the Goryeo period (935 – 1392) and was a dish served on special occasions. The inexpensive nature of it (veggies and wheat flour) have made it more of a common comfort food these days.

Mandu sujebi from Maangchi

Mandu is Korean for potsticker. Here is a picture of Maangchi’s sujebi using mandu. I am NOT nearly as industrious and I’m not so sure my daughters would like it anyway, so I made the traditional kind:

My sujebi tonight, before I added all the hand-torn dumplings.

I have made sujebi for my daughters before. They just love the soft dumplings in spicy broth. It’s very lame, the way I have made it and this blog post has led to some research which produced much better sujebi on my part. They wanted it tonight and I didn’t have all the ingredients so I substituted a few things. Instead of anchovies (which I didn’t have), I used the seafood packet from this:

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I also used some sesame oil in the broth (never did that before) and added a bit of vegetable oil to the wheat flour for the dumplings (another first). I also added diced carrots and squash this time. You might be wondering….what did you used to do? I’m ashamed to tell you. So I won’t. Suffice it to say, it was quite lame.

One thing that bothers me about this dish is the lack of protein. I am going to add shrimp next time – Josie gave three cheers and Ava gave me a frown. You can’t please everyone!

You ought to check out Maangchi’s recipe. It’s fantastic: Maangchi’s sujebi recipe.

The girls LOVED my sujebi tonight! And I felt good serving it. Thank you, readers, for inspiring me to learn and share.

Good night!