Food & Drink

Kimchi Bibimguksu

by Nancy on February 12, 2016


Growing up, our house was always stocked with jars of kimchi. We had many different varieties too, so there was a dedicated kimchi fridge in the garage. Back then, it wasn’t a popular food item as it is today, so it’s pretty exciting to see kimchi being served in many restaurants.

Today, I’d like to share a traditional Korean noodle recipe, Kimchi Bibimguksu. (Bibimguksu literally translates to, mixed noodles.) This cold noodle dish is tangy, sweet, and spicy. Since no two kimchi or gochujang sauce are alike, you may have to add more or less sugar and vinegar, and taste as you go. This recipe can be easily doubled, and the sauce can be made a day in advance and stored in the fridge.

Kimchi Bibimguksu – Spicy Cold Noodles with Kimchi
Serves 2

the sauce

  • 1 cup chopped Napa kimchi
  • 1/4 cup kimchi juice (liquid from the kimchi)
  • 2 tablespoons Gochujang (found in Korean or most Asian grocery stores.)
  • 3 teaspoons sugar (or more)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or more)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

the noodles

  • 2 bunches of Somen noodles

the garnish

  • 1/2 English cucumber, julienned
  • 1 hard boiled egg, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup microgreens (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Combine kimchi, kimchi juice, gochujang, sugar, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil in a medium bowl. Add more sugar or vinegar to desired taste. Mix well and set aside.

Add noodles to a large pot of boiling water, and cook until cooked through. Noodles should be chewy and soft, (average time about 2-3 minutes). When the noodles are done, strain and rinse them in cold water. Once the noodles are cool and the water has drained, divide into two bowls. Divide kimchi sauce mixture and pour on top of noodles.

For the garnish, add julienned cucumber, egg, microgreens, and sesame seeds on top. Mix together and enjoy!



Tomato Corn Salad

by Nancy on February 5, 2016

TomatoCornSalad1 This winter, I’ve been eating a lot of one-pot meals like soups, curries, and stews. So, I’ve been craving fresh vegetables and found these delicious heirloom cherry tomatoes at the grocery store. My go-to Tomato Corn Salad recipe is easy and fast to make. It is always a hit at every potluck, and I never bring home leftovers.

You can use cherry tomatoes or any other tasty variety. Just make sure to cut large tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. When corn is not in season, I buy canned whole kernel corn.

Tomato Corn Salad
Serves 4-6

the dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot, minced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

the salad

  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes
  • 1 dozen fresh basil leaves (about 1/4 cup)
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels

In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, white wine vinegar, shallot, salt, and pepper. (Add more salt and pepper if needed.) Set aside for 15 minutes for flavors to blend.

Halve cherry tomatoes and julienne basil leaves. Cut fresh mozzarella into bite size pieces. Combine tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and corn in a salad bowl. Whisk dressing again before adding to tomatoes and toss together.



TomatoCornSalad4{ All images by Nancy Cho }


Recipe Roundup: Panna Cotta

by Kate on January 29, 2016

anthologymag-blog-food-recipe-roundup-panna-cotta-1I don’t know why, but my sweet tooth has been on a rampage lately! Instead of going for the usual bag of Oreos (or Fig Newtons, my all-time favorite), I decided to use my cravings as an excuse to experiment with some new recipes. I’ve never made custards or panna cottas before, but the Italian “cooked cream” dish seemed like the perfect option for rainy evenings.

Basic panna cotta is nice and simple, which makes it a great blank canvas for many flavors. I’ve rounded up some recipes that contain some of the most intriguing flavors I could find—including matcha, earl grey, cardamom, and grapefruit. No matter what your tastes, I’m sure there will be a panna cotta recipe that appeals. Enjoy!

{Image above: Matcha Panna Cotta & Black Sesame Tartlettes recipe via Butterlust Blog}

anthologymag-blog-food-recipe-roundup-panna-cotta-2{Cardamom Panna Cotta with Honeyed Figs via Bell’Almiento}

anthologymag-blog-food-recipe-roundup-panna-cotta-3{Coconut Panna Cotta recipe via Inspiring The Everyday}

anthologymag-blog-food-recipe-roundup-panna-cotta-4{Classic Panna Cotta recipe from Pretty.Simple.Sweet}

anthologymag-blog-food-recipe-roundup-panna-cotta-5{Earl Grey Panna Cotta Cups via Hummingbird High}

anthologymag-blog-food-recipe-roundup-panna-cotta-6{Grapefruit Possets via Ruby Tuesday}


umamimart-flyerIn the Winter 2014 issue, Yoko Kumano shared one of her favorite childhood recipes, Ikuradon. The dish is simple and fresh, but don’t let the ingredients list fool you. The perfect layering of toppings in this rice bowl produce luxurious results. I was first introduced to Umami Mart when we started working on Issue No. 14, and was so excited to hear that such a businesses existed in my area. Together, Kayoko Akabori and Yoko Kumano run the brick-and-mortar store headquartered in Oakland, California. The shop offers Japanese kitchen and barware, along with an impressive collection of Japanese sake and beer.

Umami Mart will be hosting their Third Annual Japan Beer Fest this Sunday, at The Trappist in Oakland. This year, there will be an assortment of more than 30 Japanese craft beers. If you get hungry, Ramen Shop will be serving up their famous fried rice for the festivities. And of course, Umami Mart will be open so that you can hop over and shop for some goodies during the event. Hope to see you there!

umamimart-products{ Top flyer by Umami Mart, middle images by Melissa Gordon, last image by Erin Gleeson }


anthologymag-blog-ladyandpups-cake1This month has been full of meetings and school events, and they’re usually scheduled in the evenings. I don’t know why, but even after I grab a bite before these events, my stomach always growls at the most inopportune times. To avoid this, I’ve been trying to bring a little something to snack on and share with the group. To be honest, it’s not very glamorous and mostly things like chips and salsa, or carrots and hummus. But after seeing this Throw-It Together Texas Sheet Cake by Lady and Pups, I think it’s about time I flex a little baking muscle.

The cake looks decadent and calls for 3/4 cup of strong coffee, which gives an extra punch. And that swirly topping is a coconut-chocolate ganache sprinkled with flaky sea salt. This may be the perfect recipe to impress my fellow hungry meeting attendees. I was sold on making this cake when I read Mandy Lee’s quote: “Basically, you boil everything in one big pot then stir in the rest and bake. Done. All in under one hour, if you didn’t include the time it takes for the cake to cool, but really, who does that?”

anthologymag-blog-ladyandpups-cake2anthologymag-blog-ladyandpups-cake6anthologymag-blog-ladyandpups-cake5{ All images by Lady and Pups }