Korean Cooking Classes in Ulsan

I have been taking a Korean cooking class for the past few weeks and I love it! Our teacher, Sunok, is so sweet and she’s an amazing cook. I’ve also been having a great time with the other wives that take the class.

Ulsan Korean cooking class

A few weeks ago Sunok invited us to her parents house in the countryside for a special class. We were going to learn how to make samgyetang (삼계탕), which is a soup made from chicken and ginseng. Sunok’s parents even supplied chickens for the meal, and many of the ingredients were fresh from their garden.

Ulsan Korean cooking class

Ulsan Korean cooking class

Sunok is such an artist when she cooks. She is all about presentation. We arrived to her parents house to find that she’d already laid out the day’s ingredients beautifully.

Ulsan Korean cooking class

To cook samgyetang, you just stuff ginseng, garlic, sun dried jujube (red date berries) and other various roots into a small chicken, along with rice and chestnuts. Then, you let it cook for an hour or so.

Because we had a large group, we used 4 large chickens. The chickens were so big that they were too difficult to stuff so we put the ingredients (excluding the rice and chestnuts) into a bag. Ulsan Korean cooking class

After we prepped all of our ingredients, we took them to the outdoor stove.

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Sunok’s parents were so helpful.

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After we started cooking the soup, we moved on to making some Korean pancakes called jeon. We made green onion pancakes (pajeon/파전), and kimchi jeon (김치전). Everyone got to take a turn making one. They were so good that we ate them almost as quickly as we could make them!

We still had time to spare before our soup was ready so we spent some time playing.

Even though the soup took a long time to cook, it was well worth the wait. Yum!

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13 thoughts on “Korean Cooking Classes in Ulsan

  1. Awesome to find your site. I am from Texas also. Before I lived around SE Asia and I also traveled throughout Europe, and now I live in British Columbia. When I finish grad school, I want to go back to Asia. I’ve considered Korea. But nervous to start over with new relationship. So look forward to reading more of your story. Seems like I don’t meet other people from Texas on the road.

      • We really love Yeosu. It’s a small city of 300,000 people. We live 2 miles from the ocean and there are mountains everywhere to hike. We visited our friend Lisa in Ulsan this past weekend and went nuts with Costco, Indian food, and Italian food. Namhae is gorgeous. Yeosu is similar, but more people. We love the “country livin” but appreciate visiting bigger cities for all the western stuff!!! 🙂

      • Dave is vegetarian so it’s really nice for us to have the conveniences of western food and Costco. I think I’m more of a city girl. I miss Busan’s subway system and I really wish Ulsan had one. It was much easier to get around and familiarize myself with the city when I was in Busan. I do like living in Ulsan though. If you’re ever in Ulsan again, let me know. We live right in old downtown and have a spare room!

  2. What a wonderful post!! The photography is great! I wondered if you would have had to kill and prep the chickens? (yikes) I realize that China is not Korea and that we should not lump all asian countries and foods together BUT have you read The Last Chinese Chef? I ask because it’s all about preparing food traditionally and this post reminds me of that. If interested, check out this link.
    Loved this post!

  3. Wow, this sounds like such a cool experience. I’m a total foodie and love learning new things to make.

    Those have got to be the biggest samgyetang chickens I’ve ever seen. haha. Thanks, now I’m hungry again…

    • I think it’s not technically samgyetang because the chickens are too big. There’s another name for it that I don’t remember. But it’s basically the same idea. I really love my Korean cooking classes. I enjoy cooking, but my boyfriend is a vegetarian so I actually rarely get to cook any of the foods I learn about in class!

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