Jjukumi Gui (Korean barbecued octopus) is an enticing bite of Korea, and yet oddly familiar in the way that it checks all the boxes of successful Western barbecue: a little sweet, a little spicy, a little tangy, a little smoky.
A Korean classic, kimchi jjigae is one of my favorite ways to consume kimchi. In this recipe, the broth is umami-rich and spicy, and the texture of the tofu and kanikama (imitation crab) are light but satisfying, harmonizing with the mildly crunchy kimchi.
Seafood stock, like bone broth, is a unique mix of of seemingly strange ingredients, a devotion to wasting nothing, and a rich result. Packed with umami, seafood stocks are fast to make, use few ingredients, and those ingredients are ones that are not only cheap, but would normally be thrown away or disregarded by our modern Western food culture.