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Eating & Cooking With Seaweed – What To Know

Seaweed is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine that takes on different forms for soups, salads, snacks and entrees. 

Here in the U.S., the names for each type of seaweed are generally more well-known by their Japanese monikers for reasons unknown to me. However, seaweed is very frequently used in Korean and Chinese cuisine as well. Below, I’ll list some of the most common seaweed types by the English names, followed by the Japanese name and the Korean name. Continue Reading…

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Gochujang – Fat Burning Hot Pepper Paste

One key ingredient to many of the Korean dishes you’ll find on this site is gochujang – a spicy, fermented soybean paste that has become increasingly more popular here in the States. In fact, I was shocked when during a recent trip to Food Lion (a grocery chain here in North Carolina), I saw a bottle of gochujang! This is great because there’s no substitute you can use to match its flavor.  Continue Reading…

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Which Asian Noodles Are Healthiest?

My favorite food is any bowl of spicy noodles in a simmering broth. My mom always cooks a variation of this every time I visit her. It’s not always the best meal choice for my weight, so it’s not something that I eat every day. However, just how bad it is depends on the noodle and how it’s prepared. 

By and large, Asian noodles are often healthier because they are lower in calories and carbs and are typically served with a lot of vegetables. Continue Reading…

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Kiwifruit: Gut Health & DNA Repair

The beautiful, vibrant kiwifruit is a nutrient powerhouse in a small, delicious package. 

Fun Facts: Kiwifruit is also called Chinese gooseberry. It  was first discovered in China, where it grew in the wild and was primarily used for medicinal use. Later, it made its way to New Zealand where it received its name in honor of the country’s national bird.  It didn’t come to the U.S until 1959! Continue Reading…