Alice Choi

Alice is a recipe developer, food blogger, and Asian food enthusiast. She started Hip Foodie Mom as a way to share her love for food. She cooks with fresh, local ingredients, and loves to experiment with new foods. Visit her personal food blog for more.
Korean Curry Rice
I love the fall. The weather is getting cooler, my slow cooker happily takes its semi-permanent place on my kitchen counter while my oven always seems to be occupied roasting something. There are a handful of comfort food dishes that I crave in fall, and this Korean Curry Rice is one of them. This mild dish uses beef short ribs, and it is cooked with carrots, potatoes, and serve over white rice. As a kid, I have fond memories of walking into our kitchen and smelling curry simmering on the stove.
Aug 3, 2023
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Recipe: Velvety Leek & Potato Soup
Velvety leek and potato soup is a staple in my house during the winter when the cold weather is persistent and leeks are in season. Since everything is blended together, I also love sneaking in more vegetables, like cauliflower, roasted red bell peppers and sautéed mushrooms, plus some shaved Parmesan for tasty garnish. I love the combination of savory flavors and pops of seasonal color. You’d probably never guess but it’s my kids who request leek and potato soup all the time.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps
A trip to the Korean market is always fun when I’m getting ready to entertain or simply preparing a weeknight meal. We love Korean food at our house, and pork belly lettuce wraps are always a fun and active way to serve delicious, flavorful food, no matter the occasion. These lettuce wraps celebrate the popular Korean dish Samgyeopsal Gui, which simply means grilled pork belly. Koreans traditionally eat Samgyeopsal while grilling the meat themselves at the table.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Baked Vegetable Wontons
These baked veggie wontons are so quick, easy, and versatile that you’ll never have to scramble for a vegetarian party appetizer again. Today, I even added some cream cheese for a veggie-spin on the crab rangoon — and because we all need a little rich and creamy in our lives every now and then, right?
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Korean Mixed Rice with Sashimi
Sashimi lovers will fall all over this delicious Korean spin on sashimi over rice with fresh lettuce, vegetables and masago. Like Bibimbap, you mix in a homemade sweet and spicy gochujang sauce and combine everything together into a one-bowl meal. A few weeks ago my husband and I were reminiscing about all the fresh seafood and sushi we had when living on the west coast. There was one place in particular that came to mind, in Redondo Beach, CA; The Redondo Beach Crab House.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Spicy Korean Grilled Chicken
Hot off the grill, this spicy Korean chicken will not disappoint. Using chicken drumsticks and chicken thigh meat doused in a spicy, flavorful marinade, this grilled chicken needs to make an appearance on your dinner table soon! The summer is in full swing and I’m loving every minute of it.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Kimchi Deviled Eggs
Traditional deviled eggs get a fun and delicious twist with the addition of spicy Korean kimchi. This dish is just the thing to shake you out of your summer is almost over blues and make you thrilled you signed up to bring the deviled egg tray to your next backyard party. I’m Korean and grew up in a house where we always had kimchi in the refrigerator. Always.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Cheater Nutella Sticky Buns
Sticky buns are one of my favorite things to eat, but they take so long to make — sometimes an overnight rise is required. Who has time for that? Especially when you want the sticky buns now! Well, I’m here to tell you: You can have those sweet, ooey-goey sticky buns any time you want, all with the magic of puff pastry. Because I was feeling a little indulgent when I made these, I smeared some Nutella on the inside of each roll.
May 1, 2019
5 Essential Items to Buy from the Asian Grocery Store
My parents owned and operated a Korean grocery store (for over 35 years) so I pretty much had my pick at anything I wanted when I visited. I was literally a kid in a candy store and loved it — although it was shrimp chips, not candy, that I was after. I won’t tell you how many bags of these chips my brother, sister, and I devoured when we were kids. When I was younger I hated the smells of the store — of the fish, kimchi, and garlic.
Jan 19, 2016
Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci Will Have You Looking at Vegetables in a Whole New Light
Cookbook: Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci Overall Impression: This cookbook will make you look at vegetables in a whole new light! I’ve actually owned a spiralizer for over a year now. When I first purchased it, I used it a few times and then put it away because, other than spiralizing a few vegetables for fun, I didn’t really know what else to do. Ali Maffucci’s new book changed that in a heartbeat.
Apr 30, 2015
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Recipe: The Best Scalloped Potato Casserole with a Pesto Twist
In my family, we take two things pretty seriously: Easter brunch and the Easter egg hunt. Not only does Easter get me excited about spring, but also quality family time and a killer meal. For the egg hunt, we do a mixture of plastic and real dyed eggs, and we recently added the very exciting golden egg. My brother-in-law started this tradition with our family. The golden egg is a plastic egg with money in it.
Mar 23, 2015
Ina Garten Says, Yes, You Can Make It Ahead
Cookbook: Make It Ahead by Ina Garten Overall Impression: Make It Ahead is a great cookbook for sophisticated entertaining. Ina Garten fans everywhere should be celebrating because another book is out! And when it comes to entertaining, no one does it better than Ina.
Dec 1, 2014
Easy Gourmet by Stephanie Le Will Make You Want to Live In Your Kitchen and Cook All Day
Cookbook: Easy Gourmet by Stephanie Le Overall Impression: This fabulous cookbook will make you want to stay in and actually cook at home. You might be just starting to find your groove in the kitchen or you might be a seasoned, relatively proficient home cook who knows your way around the kitchen — regardless of where you are in your culinary journey, Stephanie Le’s cookbook will inspire you.
Oct 27, 2014
You Have No Idea How Exciting Hot Dogs Can Be. This Cookbook Will Teach You.
Cookbook: Haute Dogs by Russell Van Kraayenburg Overall Impression: Haute Dogs is a great, creative and informative cookbook that will make you look at hot dogs in a completely different way. If you’re like most Americans, you’ve grilled or eaten a hot dog this summer. I mean, come on. Unless you’re a vegetarian, you just can’t go through summer without a hot dog. At least this is the case for me.
Jul 21, 2014
Recipe: Bibimbap Tacos
Inspired by one of my favorite Korean dishes, these bibimbap tacos are insanely delicious! If you’ve had bibimbap before and enjoyed it, you need to try this. This is literally bibimbap in taco-form. I couldn’t let the summer go by without grilling some flank steak. I love grilling flank steak because it’s easy to work with on the grill and tastes best when it is grilled medium-rare or medium.
Jul 16, 2014
Recipe: Korean Shaved Ice Dessert
It’s summer and I’m whipping out all kinds of sweet deliciousness today! If you’re a fan of sweet red beans or Azuki bean paste, you will love this Korean spin on shaved ice. Korean Shaved Ice (or Patbingsu in Korean) is not only refreshing and delicious but it’s also fun to eat!
Jul 7, 2014
The Cakes from Surprise-Inside Cakes Take Dedication, But Are Absolutely Worth It
Cookbook: Surprise-Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke Overall Impression: This is one of the most creative and inventive cake cookbooks I’ve seen in a long time. Make one of these elaborate, surprising cakes and without a doubt, you will bring a smile to someone’s face. These surprise-inside cakes are the epitome of special. When you flip through this cookbook, it’s impossible not to be amazed.
Jun 16, 2014
Recipe: Summer Vegetable Galette with Pesto
This beautiful free-form galette is the perfect way to celebrate fresh, seasonal summer vegetables — all tucked into an easy crust with a thick smear of fresh, aromatic pesto. I remember the days when I was still buying ready-made frozen pie crust from the store, mainly for quiches and chicken pot pie. But ever since purchasing my food processor and my trusty pastry blender, those days are long gone.
Jun 9, 2014
If You’re Throwing a Party This Spring, You Need Eat & Make from Sweet Paul
Cookbook: Sweet Paul Eat & Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love by Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Overall Impression: This is the perfect cookbook to have right now. Eat & Make by Paul Lowe is a pure delight. Divided into Morning, Brunch, Noon, and Night, this cookbook is filled with delicious, approachable and inventive recipes, plus you get great Pinterest-worthy creative kitchen crafts, like coffee filter flowers and felted vases.
May 19, 2014