6 easy recipes inspired by the Korean dramas you love

As you stay home to binge on more Korean dramas, you’ve got to admit that it’s not only the good-looking cast (or ahem, plot) that keeps your eyes glued to the screen. 

More often than not, it’s also the delicious foods dished up from time to time! Whether you’re craving a cheesy corn dog from everyone’s favourite (Korean for grandmother) on Start-Up or the instant sweet treat on Let’s Eat, these foods will keep you going through the ultimate binge-watching session.

So hit the pause button to whip up these 6 easy recipes inspired by the Korean dramas you love!

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1. Corn dogs

The iconic corn dog truck featured prominently in the first few episodes of Start-Up is owned by the female lead, Seo Dalmi’s (Bae Suzy) grandmother. This popular Korean street snack traditionally consists of a juicy sausage with cheese encased within a thickly battered, chewy dough that’s sprinkled with sugar and served with multiple condiments.

While you may spot interesting wasabi and fruit flavour combinations today, get back to the basics with Catch Seafood’s Korean Mozzarella and Cheddar Corn Dog! It can be easily heated in the microwave or air-fryer.

Image credit: Korean Broadcasting Corporation (KBS)

2. Egg rolls (gyeran-mari)

This nutritious egg omelette is a popular “banchan”, a Korean side dish usually served with rice. In the classic Korean drama Boys Over Flowers, the female protagonist Geum Jan Di (Gu Hye Sun) frequently includes them in the lunchboxes she prepares for her love interest Gu Jun Pyo (Lee Min Ho).

Try your hand at this easy Korean egg roll! You can also snack on it with some soju (Korean distilled liquor) too.

3. Kimchi 

Kimchi is another popular and versatile “banchan” that can be easily used to whip up into main meals. While there are ready-to-eat options of this fermented vegetable available, the tradition of making kimchi by hand still exists in Korea today and is perceived as an act of filial piety.

In the drama Mary Stayed Out All Night, Kang Mun Kyeul’s (Jang Geun Seuk) mother put Wi Maeri (Moon Geun Young) to work making kimchi simply because she craved it! Satisfy your cravings by simply topping some instant noodles with kimchi or elevate your binge-watching sessions with these Kimchi Fish Pancake Fritters!

Image credit: Screenshot from Hospital Playlist on Netflix

4. Egg drop sandwich

As you wait for the second season of popular medical drama Hospital Playlist to drop (pun intended!), have an egg drop sandwich! Our time-starved doctors were seen having one too many, but who could blame them? Just watching them eat it makes us salivate!

Make your own with fluffy scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, melted cheese and more sandwiched between buttery bread — all of the works!

Fun fact: This name of this iconic and visually pleasing sandwich comes from Egg Drop, a popular breakfast franchise in South Korea.

Prep Time: 30 mins
Serving: 2 pax

What you need: 

For the egg drop sauce: 

What you need to do:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients for the egg drop sauce in a small bowl thoroughly. Set aside.
  2. Lightly butter a skillet on medium-low heat, and toast both sides of the bread.
  3. Cook the bacon until the edges are crispy and cooked through. Set aside.
  4. Mix together eggs, milk, sugar, and salt until blended thoroughly in a small bowl.In a skillet on medium-low heat, add butter to coat the surface. Add the egg mixture, stirring continuously to cook until it just starts to set. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  5. Spread the sauce on the inward sides of each toast. Add melty cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, and bacon to serve.

Note: Mix 2 tbsp mayonnaise with 1 tbsp condensed milk for extra egg drop sauce to drizzle on top of each sandwich. You can adjust the amount of sauce to your liking easily.

Recipe adapted from Elle from Cookerru

Image credit: Screenshot from Crash Landing on You on Netflix

5. Scorched rice with sugar (“nurungji”)

Who can forget Captain Ri Jeong Hyeok (Hyun Bin) and Yoon Seri’s (Son Yejin) cross-border romance in Crash Landing on You? One of the snacks that the latter, a South Korean heiress, is seen munching on frequently in the drama is “nurungji”.

This sweet and nutty indulgence is a great alternative to potato chips and crackers with the same addictive crunch!

Prep Time: 30 mins
Servings: 2 pax

What you need:

What you need to do: 

  1. Wash the white shortgrain rice in cold water thoroughly to get rid of any starchiness. Pop it into your rice cooker to cook accordingly.
  2. Fluff up the rice with a scoop once it’s cooked. Air it for about 10 mins to reduce moisture.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan with some sesame oil brushed across it over medium heat.
  4. Put in enough cooked rice to cover the base of the pan. Press down on the rice firmly to spread it out thinly and evenly across the pan.
  5. Cook each side, flipping it from side to side for about 15 mins.
  6. Sprinkle sugar on each side to add some flavour. Once it starts to get scorched on both sides, take it off the pan and leave it into the cool.
  7. Dip the “nurungji” into more sugar if you like for added sweetness!

Recipe adapted from Instructables

Image credit: Screenshot from tvN

6. Affogato

In the second season of Let’s Eat, Gu Daeyoung (Yoon Dojoon) shows how easy it is to create a budget-friendly dessert that looks and tastes good with just a few tweaks.

Be like Gu Daeyoung and make your own classy affogato at home by brewing a concentrate from 3-in-1 blends or instant bottled ice coffee and pouring it over a single serving of ice cream in a cup instead — yes, it’s really that easy!

Which one of these easy recipes will you be trying for your next binge-watching session? Have it while you stay home and watch the Korean drama that it’s seen in or inspired by!

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