Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Korean food for a friend

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Dr Food invited his friend over for dinner. Dr Food's friend is Korean. We decided to cook Korean food and see if it tasted authentic.

First off I made sesame leaves. They are beautiful and easy to make. Turns out that this is Dr Food's friends favorite. It is something that his mother makes. Mine were stuffed with a little meat but you can just dredge sesame leaves in flour and dip in egg wash and fry. They are wonderful.

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Next off I made Korean radish kimchi and bean sprout salad. Friend brought sashimi.

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He bought it at the new Korean market that Dr Food and I had just discovered. It was amazing. It was a grand opening this last weekend and we got to sample lots of stuff. The fish department was fantastic

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The selection made me happy

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They even had a clown out front. Clowns scare me and this one looked a little like someone they picked up on the freeway offramp and offered a few bucks.

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Back to the Korean dinner... No wonder I am not a "famous" blogger, I digress very easily.

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Then there was the seafood pancake. Ew. It was awful. The other reason I am not a "famous" blogger is because I admit when what I cooked was crap. This was disgusting and I swear I followed the recipe (which I won't give you because it is bad)

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Last but not least there was Kalbi or Galbi. Picture isn't very good but it tasted great. Next time I would make bulgogi because it is easier to eat.

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Saw this recipe on a cooking show where mom teaches daughter how to cook. It was called "Mom's Cooking". I am not sure if it is still on.

Lettuce-Wrapped Ginger Pork (Dae-Gee Bul-go-kee)
Serves 6
Marinade
2 & 1/2 tablespoons, prepared chili paste (koh-chu-chang)
2 teaspoons, spicy red pepper flakes
1/3 cup, soy sauce
2 tablespoons, sesame seed oil
2 tablespoons, honey
3/4 cup, brown sugar
salt and pepper
5 garlic cloves, finely minced
3 knobs (thumb-size) of ginger root, grated/ground
1 kiwi, pureed
1/4 pealed Asian pear, pureed
sliced fresh ginger (10-12 pieces)
For marinade:
Peel and chop Asian pear and kiwi. Add soy sauce and place in food processor. Blend until smooth.
Grind garlic and ginger.
In a mixing bowl, add chili paste and fruit mixture and ground garlic and ginger, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, brown sugar, honey and mix.
Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Pork
3 lbs. thinly-sliced, bite-sized pork, (1/2 lb of meat per person)
10 thin slices of fresh ginger

For pork:
Massage marinade into the meat by hand. Add slices of fresh ginger.
Marinade for a minimum of 30 – 60 minutes. Cover grill with aluminum foil.
Place meat flat on the grill- make sure not to layer meat. Cover and grill on high for 10 minutes. Turn meat over, and cook for 5 more minutes until brown.

Serve with brown rice and lettuce wrap with koh-chu-chang dip.

10 comments:

  1. I love using fruit in otherwise-savory dishes. Never thought about kiwi before. Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. It looks great..all of it..even the strange pancakey fish thing. I'm not real crazy about Korean food, but this looks tempting. I also CANNOT STAND clowns. They creep me out big time!I must add however that if I had to run past a clown to get into the great super jumbo ethnic market..I would. It's pissing down rain here.

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  3. food looks great... clown looks very creepy

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  4. Everything looks good though even the pancakes. I like Korean food, and it's been a while I haven't had any. You are not the only one who is freaked out by clowns, I think they're just sad.

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  5. That's such a lovely Korean meal for your friend. I love Korean food. I always make kimchi, bulgogi and Korean pancakes, just a few of my favourites.

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  6. Sorry the pancake was bad, but this sounds like a delicious meal! Good for you!

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  7. The food sounds awesome. I love sesame leaves. I have never filled them with with meat; I'll have to try it!

    I was recently in an elevator with the toddler and a clown came in. I think it was the first time the toddler experienced a "real" clown. He seemed quite disturbed by it...

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  8. i'm korean too!!! i LOVE sesame leaves. when my aussie huzzie had it for the first time, he told me 'i've just discovered something i want to eat rest of my life!' it's nice fresh, cooked, marinated etc... Also pork bul go ki is my huzzie's favorite. THANK YOU!!!

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  9. I love the random clown!!! ...and the food looks fantastic, too!

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  10. I love the random clown!!! ...and the food looks fantastic, too!

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