South Korea is a peninsula that has records of inhabitants from as early as the 7th century BC. South Korea is surrounded by three bodies of water (the Yellow Sea, the East Sea, the East China Sea) and there are about three thousand islands, mostly small and uninhabited. In our explore Korea box, we introduce families and kids to basic information about the country and to the their national dish, kimchi!
Featuring Chef Jae Jung - a chef, an immigrant, a contributor to "A Place at the Table"; we are thrilled to have her signature culinary flair guide our explore Korea box!
Bulgogi literally means “fire” (bul) “meat” (gogi), in other words BBQ! Korean BBQ is a must-have on your first trip to a Korean restaurant. It is usually thinly sliced, marinated beef sirloin or tenderloin. In our recipe, we are doing a Korean BBQ chicken, broiled in the oven instead of grilled. Served with steamed rice and broccoli rabe namul to create a balanced meal. Namul is a kind of banchan (side dishes). Having an assorted range of banchan is a traditional way of Korean cooking.
Kimbap (pronounced as gimbap) is Korean seaweed rice rolls that are filled with vegetable fillings, very similar to Japanese sushi except the rice is not seasoned with vinegar. It is a tradition to make your children Kimbap when they go on a school picnic or field trip for their lunch in Korea. It is also the most common street food and party food. You can have fun trying out different fillings but in this recipe, we introduce a popular kimbap with bulgogi beef (Korean BBQ beef) and a variety of vegetables.
Bindaetteok is a savory Korean pancake made with ground mung bean batter. Since it is made from mung beans (Nokdu in Korean), it’s called Nokdujeon or Nokdu Bindaetteok. It’s a classic holiday dish and popular street food. Koreans cook this dish for a very special occasions such as Thanksgiving, Lunar New Year, or birthday parties!
Each Explorer Box Includes
3 Recipe Cards
(4 servings each)
3 popular dishes from each country with easy-to-follow instructions for chefs of all ages
Essential spice/sauce/grain mixes
unique seasonings that will transform your basic fresh ingredients into a culinary experience
(for fresh ingredients)
have fun at grocery stores or farm stands with the list and find your preferred fresh ingredients that meet your dietary preferences or restrictions
Country Explorer Brochures
exploration guide that teaches your budding chef about the culture, history, and food traditions of the country
Educational Activity Sheets
word puzzles, math problems, and thematic quizzes await in this fun, interactive activity sheet
Fun Cooking Tools
start your collection of fun cooking tool that will come in handy for all of your culinary explorations
track your culinary journey with our eat2explore passport and country sticker; and start your collection of country flag pins