Wrote a post on Korean cooking for TasteTablet.
Asian cuisine has exploded in popularity in the U.S. over the past few years, assisted by globalization and increased awareness. Korean cooking is a style that’s particularly well-suited for at-home cooking, as it is simple, filling, and generally healthy. The ingredients at first glance may look intimidating due to unfamiliarity, but what makes many Korean recipes so easy to make is that it’s all about assembly for the main dish and, then, if you like, adding some two-ingredient side dishes. For main dishes, there are no lengthy processes, complicated sauces, or three-pot meals – the goal is to end up with all your ingredients in one delicious, multi-flavored bowl. Banchan – a blanket term for an array of side dishes – is what you will get at any Korean restaurant, but can be subtracted, or included, at will when cooking at home. I personally find Korean cooking immensely satisfying and easy on the eyes and the palate.
1. Crunchpak is the leading brand in the U.S. for fresh apple slices, and my favorite; their fruit is crunchy, fresh, just sweet enough, and takes a good week to go brown. It’s so much easier to grab a pack of pre-sliced apples and take to work rather than chopping up a new one every day. Very cheap, also – about $4 at every major grocery chain. Pick one up on your next swing through the fruit and veggies section at your grocery store.
2. Brookside chocolate, meanwhile, is the perfect counterpart to the apple slices and the perfect post-lunch snack; the high-quality chocolate is wrapped around delicious, chewy pomegranate (you can get your preferred fruit, I like pomegranate). Dark chocolate is good for the body due to antioxidants, and this snack is rich enough that I’m rarely tempted to eat more than a few at a time. It’s slightly pricier at around $5 per pack, but one pack lasts 1-2 weeks depending on how fast you go through it.
I’ve tried quite a number of work snacks – I also recommend plain almonds – but these are the ones which have stuck as far as ease of use and deliciousness leading to long use. Upgrade your desk food with these easy, delicious snacks.