This week on Sharp & Hot, Chef Emily Peterson is joined in the studio by Judy Joo, a Korean-American executive chef, restaurateur, and TV chef traveling between the London and Hong Kong locations of her restaurant, Jinjuu. Judy also appears on the Cooking Channel with her show “Korean Food Made Simple” as she explores authentic Korean dishes inspired by her travels, showing just how easy it is to make Korean favorites with a few Korean store cupboard ingredients. Her latest book is also called Korean Food Made Simple, and is available now.

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My mom used to enslave my sister and me to make these by the thousands. Plump dumplings neatly lined up on plates and trays covered every surface of the kitchen. I used to only eat the skins, shaking out the meaty insides for my sister. As I got older, I learned to savor those juicy gems as well, but the crispy skins are still my favorite part. If you prefer, the dumplings can be steamed instead of fried.

These are a best seller at my restaurant, Jinjuu.



1 pound ground pork

1/2 pound ground beef

6 ounces firm tofu, drained and finely crumbled

2 1/2 cups finely shredded Korean or napa cabbage leaves (ribs removed)

3 scallions, finely chopped

2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

2 large cloves garlic, grated or minced

2 teaspoons kosher salt or sea salt

2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger

2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds

2 teaspoons sugar

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


For the Dumplings:

48 thin round eggless wonton wrappers

Vegetable oil, for frying

Dried chile threads (silgochu)

Chile-Soy Dipping Sauce (page 212), for serving


FOR THE FILLING: In a large bowl, combine the filling ingredients. Mix together using your hands, really breaking up the tofu to yield a very uniform texture.


FOR THE DUMPLINGS: Line a couple of baking sheets with waxed paper and set aside. Fill a small bowl with water. Unwrap the wonton wrappers and cover lightly with a piece of plastic wrap to keep them from drying out. Lay a wrapper on a clean work surface and put a tablespoon of the meat filling in the center. Dip a forefinger into the water and run it along the edges of the wrapper to moisten the surface. Fold the wrapper in half. Starting at the top of the half-circle and working toward the ends, press firmly together to seal, pressing out any air bubbles.

Lay the dumpling on its side on one of the prepared baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling, making sure the dumplings aren’t touching on the baking sheets. Once the dumplings are assembled, if you don’t plan to cook them right away, you can freeze them on the baking sheets, then bag them up to store in the freezer. Without thawing the frozen dumplings, boil or steam them to cook through, then pan fry if you like to make them crispy.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat about 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, lay the dumplings on their sides in the pan in a single layer without crowding the pan. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip them and cook until the other side is golden brown and the filling is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer the fried dumplings to a wire rack or paper towel–lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining dumplings, adding more oil to the skillet as needed. If you prefer not to fry the dumplings, steam them in batches until cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes, then transfer to a serving platter (steamed dumplings do not need to be drained).

Transfer the fried dumplings to a platter. Top with some of the chile threads and serve immediately, with the dipping sauce.

TIP: If you’d like to check the seasoning of the filling for the dumplings—or any kind of filling or stuffing that includes raw meat or fish—cook a small patty in a lightly oiled skillet, then adjust the seasonings to your taste.





This sauce is my go-to sauce for dumplings, such as my Meaty Dumplings (page 54) and King Dumplings (page 56).

6 tablespoons soy sauce

2 1/2 tablespoons Korean apple vinegar (sagwa-shikcho) or rice vinegar

1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh Korean red chile or Fresno chile (sliced on an angle)

4 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds

2 scallions, very thinly sliced on an angle


IN A SMALL BOWL, stir together all the ingredients. Cover and store in the refrigerator if not using immediately.







My mom’s BBQ chicken is the stuff of legend. She even used to grill it in our garage in unfavorable weather. I remember sitting on the steps staring at the little grill, watching her flip pieces of the juicy ginger-and-sesame-marinated chicken with chopsticks, and smelling the sweet smoke. Even your Korean-food-doubter friends will gladly chow down on this. To round out the dish, serve it with Grilled Corn on the Cob with Doenjang Butter (page 101) and Roasted Korean Sweet Potatoes (page 98) that you’ve peeled, mashed, and sprinkled with black sesame seeds, if you like.


1¼ cups soy sauce

½ cup packed dark brown sugar

6 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chile paste)

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger

2 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds

6 cloves garlic, grated or minced

Pinch of kosher salt or sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs

Vegetable oil, for grilling

Doenjang Mayonnaise (page 216), for serving


IN A MEDIUM BOWL, stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, scallions, vinegar, maple syrup, chile paste, sesame oil, ginger, sesame seeds, garlic, salt, and a generous amount of pepper until the sugar has dissolved. Transfer 1 cup of the marinade to a container, cover, and refrigerate. Add the chicken to the bowl with the remaining marinade and toss to coat. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator, tossing once or twice, for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

Before grilling, let the chicken come to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, put the reserved 1 cup marinade in a small saucepan and simmer until it has thickened to a glaze-like consistency, 8 to 10 minutes; set the glaze aside.

Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat.

Lightly brush the grates with vegetable oil. Shake any excess marinade off the chicken and arrange on the grill without crowding. Grill, flipping the thighs halfway through, until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the temperature; if the grill is too hot, the outside of the thighs will burn before the inside is done. Transfer the chicken to a platter and brush very lightly with the glaze. The glaze can also be served on the side as a dipping sauce, along with the Doenjang Mayonnaise.

TIP: If you prefer boneless skin-on chicken thighs and can’t find them in the grocery, ask your butcher to debone skin-on thighs or simply use bone-in ones and just add a few minutes to the cooking time.


Doenjang Mayonnaise


Use this simple, umami-rich condiment as a dipping sauce for Mom’s BBQ Chicken (page 174), slathered on the Krazy Korean Burgers (page 185) or grilled corn, and pretty much anywhere else you would use mayo.

½ cup mayonnaise, preferably Kewpie or a Korean brand

1 tablespoon doenjang (Korean soybean paste)


IN A SMALL BOWL, whisk together the mayonnaise and soybean paste until smooth. Cover and store in the refrigerator if not using immediately.


Text excerpted from KOREAN FOOD MADE SIMPLE © 2016 by Judy Joo. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


“In any industry, you have to know how to communicate effectively, no matter what you do.” [10:40] – Judy Joo