Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Korean food for a friend


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.



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


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


The selection made me happy



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.


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


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)


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.


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
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.
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.


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

  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.

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

  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.

  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.

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

  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...

  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!!!

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

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