Commit in the Kitchen to Korean Cuisine

Here’s my truth. I need simple, healthy and delicious. I wish I had more time to commit in the kitchen but the truth is I am not that great of a cook and sometimes it seems  more like a chore then actual fun. I have my healthy delicious basics that I can whip up in a second like sweet potato fries with a dash of brown sugar, or chicken fajitas with black beans and rice, and then there’s my famous meatballs with homeade tomatoe sauce. For  my sweet tooth cravings,  fat-free blueberry muffins or frozen grapes sprinkled with pure cane sugar. But beyond that, I’m kind of tapped out. So when I discovered Annie Chun’s simple and healthy asian cuisine products and CJ’s potstickers, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. CJ Dumplings will be available in the DC area only at Costco starting now. They are so easy and simple to cook. For more info including recipes and what to pair these pretty little potstickers up with– check out their Facebook page.
One of DC’s Top Food Trends of 2011 was noted to be Asian Cuisine. I am personally a huge advocate of Korean cuisine because of the savory flavors and textures combined with the excellent health benefits.
Kimchi is amazeballs. Have you tried it? Kimchee is a fermented food that is supposed to have loads of beneficial pro-biotic bacteria.
According to Wikepedia—There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi made with a main vegetable ingredient such as napa cabbage, radish, green onions or cucumber. It is the most common banchan, or side dish, in Korean cuisine. Kimchi is also a main ingredient for many popular Korean dishes such as kimchi stew ( kimchi jjigae), kimchi soup ( kimchiguk), and kimchi fried rice (kimchi bokkeumbap.)

Experience Korean cooking with the  Kimchi Chronicles.
OK so you’ve got the dumplings, brown sticky rice and  kimchi but we’re missing one thing—Go-Chu-Jang. Anybody who knows me well, knows that I am borderline obsessed with hot sauces. I  recently discovered Annie Chun’s Korean Sweet and Spicy 100% Natural “Go-Chu-Chang”  sauce which goes with absolutely everything. You can use it as a dipping sauce, a condiment, a marinade–you name it. They call it the “goes with everything sauce” and now I know why. My tastebuds have never been so happy.
You have to try it. Check out their website at or go to their  Facebook page. I’m serious if you want healthy, fast and affordable then start tapping into Korean Cuisine.  Trust me you won’t be disappointed.
Here is an easy and delicious recipe to get  you started on the road to Korean foods!

Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs with Annie Chun’s Sweet Rice and Butter Lettuce


  • 2 pounds beef short ribs, sliced
  • 1 bottle Annie Chun’s Korean Barbeque Sauce
  • 1 package Annie Chun’s Multi-Grain Sticky Rice Express
  • 2 heads butter lettuce cleaned, rinsed, and dried
  • 1 Asian pear, sliced

Directions: Marinate the sliced short ribs overnight in Annie Chun’s Korean Barbeque Sauce. Preheat oven to a high broil. Place short ribs on a baking sheet and into the oven. Broil the short ribs until nicely charred and cooked to your doneness. Warm Annie Chun’s Multi-Grain Sticky Rice Express as directed. To assemble, lay down two pieces of butter lettuce leaves and add a tablespoon of rice on top, then one slice of Asian pear and one short rib. Serve with Annie Chun’s Korean Barbeque Sauce on the side as a dipping sauce. Happy Eating!

Besos xoxoxo

Vanessa =)


About the Author
Vanessa Camozzi is the founder of DC on Heels.