Sunday, October 12, 2008

Jok Bal

It is like our own Pata tim without the sauce. A new way of eating pata tim for me...wrap it in Ssangchu (cabbage) Everything in Korea is wrapped! With a little red chili paste before wrapping the meat,it fill your mouth with pleasure and satisfaction! Yummy!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Sundubu Chiggae

Sun Dubu Chiggae

1 lbs of beef cut shabu-shabu style
1 lb of live clams
8-12 cloves of garlic
1 cup on kimchi (Korean fermented cabbage), drained
2 blocks of silken tofu

1/4 cup of kochukaru (Korean chili flake)
2 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp of vegetable oil (preferably Canola)
2 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tbsp of sesame oil
6 cups of water

If you did not buy the clams from a market, or if you have doubts as to whether the market purged them of sand, place the clams in a solution of 1 cup salt, 3 cups cold water, and 3 tbsp of cornmeal overnight. Most fresh and frozen clams purchased from a fishmonger or supermarkets have already had this step performed on them, so you're fairly safe skipping it.

Rinse the clams in cold running water. Brush thoroughly to remove any sand or loose bits of shell. Discard any cracked ones or ones whose shells fail to close. Drain, cover with a damp kitchen towel, and place in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

Peel and clean the garlic. Smash with the flat of your knife, then finely chop. Set aside.
Squeeze any remaining liquid out of the kimchi. Finely chop and set aside.

Cut your tofu up into cubes. Use whatever dimensions you prefer, as long as they're uniform. I like 1-in x 1-in x 1/2-in measurements for mine, since it makes them easier to pick up with chopsticks.

Remove your meat from its package and separate out into individual slices. This will make it easier to sauté and prevent clumping. Return to the refrigerator until ready to cook.

Add the vegetable oil to your pan and heat to medium high. Once the oil becomes very loose and starts to smoke slightly, add the garlic. Sautee until the garlic is light brown and the oil becomes fragrant. Should take less than a minute.

Add the kimchi to the pan and sauté until the mixture is dry and the kimchi stops releasing liquid. Most of the sizzling sounds should stop. Takes 5-10 minutes.

Add each slice of beef individually in folds to help prevent clumping. Let the beef brown on the bottom for a few minutes before you stir. Give the meat a few minutes to brown between each stir.

Once the meat has separated into individual slices and is in no danger of sticking together, sauté until any fat has rendered away. Should take around 10 minutes.

Add the kochukaru, sea salt, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Stir until evenly distributed. Make sure the area is well ventilated and try to keep any steam from getting into your eyes.

Sautee for another 2-3 minutes to help release the flavor of the kochukaru. If the mixture looks like it might be in danger of burning, reduce the heat to medium.
Add enough water to barely cover the meat, increase the heat to high, and bring up to a boil.
Add the tofu and let come back up to a boil. Drop the heat to medium, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes.
Insert the clams hinge-side down. Cover, raise the heat to high, and bring to a boil, then simmer until all the clam shells have opened. Should take less than 10 minutes.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Monday, September 08, 2008

random thoughts...

travel travel travel..what will i do there? check on the area? Do i have enough money to do shopping? Gosh what will i do if i get lost in a place with not enough english speaking people?

Question questions questions...ok no more just pack your stuffs!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Purpose Driven Life

Recieved A Purpose Driven Life book as a gift. I am not a bookworm so i wondered why i recieved this kind of gift. Felt weird. Knowing myself it will take more time to finish one whole book unless that's Archie comics or something that has many illustrations. Challenge will be how i can finish this book in 40 days.

Browsed a few paged of the book and felt weird since really some might hit you. Thank you for this wonderful book and i will try reading it. I may not know my true purpose in life i might have the drive to see my worth.

Thank you Rick Warren for such an inspiring book. May it reach more people thru God's grace.