March 26, 2015

Postcard from Los Angeles: Kalbijjim at Sun Nong Dan

by Kayoko Akabori


Shortribs, potatoes and dduk (rice cakes). Savory, comforting and down right delicious. The oils bubbled on the sizzling hot stone platter throughout the entire meal.

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January 26, 2015

My Oakland Secrets

by Kayoko Akabori


After living in Oakland for nearly five years, I am jumping ship and moving across the Bay.

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October 17, 2013

Snack Break: Rockin’ Out to the Harvest Moon at Namu Farm Chuseok

by Melissa Gordon


If any of you are lucky enough to have a friend who is a farmer in Northern California, you know what I mean when I say that they are the rockstars around these parts — the Beyoncé’s of the food game.

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May 11, 2012

The PDT Project: 100 Year Punch

by Payman Bahmani

100 Year Punch

The 100 Year Punch is a cocktail that features a couple of unique ingredients that highlight the Korean heritage of its creator, Daniel Eun (who also created the #8 cocktail).

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March 13, 2012

Super Faminto: Naengmyeon (Chilly Korean Noodles)

by Bryan Sanders


São Paulo has the second largest Japanese population outside of Japan (about 650,000+), but since my arrival here I’ve been pretty bummed by the lack of good Japanese restaurants.

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February 17, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Naengmyeon @ Sura (OAK)

by Kayoko Akabori


I love the pucker-your mouth tartness of naengmyeon–cold buckwheat noodles with cucumbers, hard-boiled egg and pickled Asian pears, doused in a chilled vinegar broth.

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September 15, 2011

Japanify: Namuru (Spicy Bean Sprouts)

by Yoko Kumano


Japan is known to take ideas from other countries and adapt them for their own. From castella to ramen to hambagu, the Japanese menu is full of food items that could not exist without outside influences.

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November 19, 2009

Kitchen Improv (Borderline Gross Edition): Kimchi Pasta

by Kayoko Akabori

Kimchi Pasta

Remember when I made kimchi fried rice? It has become my staple meal when I feel ultra lazy.

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November 12, 2009

Culinography: Korean Cuisine

by Erin Gleeson

I am happy to announce that Korean Cuisine, a cookbook I photographed, has just been published.

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August 6, 2009

Lazyass Cookin’: Kimchi Fried Rice

by Kayoko Akabori


Looks like we’re celebrating carbs here at UM, as this rice post is back to back with Yoko’s mugi-toro don!

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