13
Jun 12

Chili Con Carne

Wow, it’s been awhile since my last recipe post! I had to dust off my camera bag (literally), and I realized that I forgot everything (what little I know) about how to use one! Nonetheless, here is my attempt to get another recipe post to you. This time it was super easy, because I didn’t do the cooking and shooting. My hubby loves making chili, so I just watched (through the camera lens). It’s so much easier that way! Wonder if he’ll be open to the idea of making that a habit…

Here’s a plus: this chili con carne is totally guilt-free! Depending on the meats you use (I used extra lean meats), you got yourself a low-carb (no beans), low-fat chili without compromising taste at all. And it’s easy!

MK’s Chili Con Carne

Ingredients

  • variety of chili peppers of your choice (jalapeños, serrano peppers, Anaheim peppers, habanero if you dare, etc…)
  • 1-1 1/2 lb. 95% lean ground beef
  • 1-1 1/2 lb. extra lean sirloin chunks for stew
  • 15 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp cayenne
  • 3 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 bottle or can dark beer
  • 1 big can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • diced red or white onion
  • fresh basil leaves torn (optional)

Instructions

Chop chili peppers into bite-size pieces. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or pot. Brown the beef chunks and ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Toss in whole garlic cloves. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes. Add chopped peppers, and stir to mix. Add dry spices and beer. Stir to mix evenly. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, and continue to stir. Let chili cook on very low heat for at least four hours before serving. Upon serving, top with shredded cheese and diced onions. Garnish with fresh torn basil leaves.

Pick and choose whatever peppers you fancy. We usually just buy a variety of whatever is on sale at the moment.

Chop them into pieces, not too big, not too small. No need to be pretty here.

Heat some olive oil, and brown the beef chunks. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.

Toss in as many garlic cloves your heart desires. And my heart desires a lot. I think my hubby added more after this photo was taken.

Then add the ground beef, and cook until almost fully cooked.

Add all of your chopped peppers…

And stir everything together.

These are all the spices my hubby uses. Feel free to experiment with whatever you have. But don’t blame me, if it turns out bad.

Add all your spices…

And mix, mix, mix.

Pour in any dark beer you have on hand. Please refrain from drinking it.

We initially thought that we would be using all of these. Wrong. We only used one big can of crushed tomatoes and one small can of tomato paste.

Here’s the big can…

And here’s the small can.

Stir, stir, stir.

Set it and forget it! For at least four hours on very low heat. The longer, the better!

Say hi to Kuma and Sibi! Play with your dogs, if you have some at home. I just realized this is Sibi’s debut on the blog!

Top with shredded cheddar cheese, diced onions, and some basil garnish, if you’re fancy. We only had Kraft singles, so I crumbled some. I think that gives it more of a rustic look. Serve with crackers, bread, whatever. Or go carb-free. My hubby is obsessed with this rosemary sourdough bread, so he had some of that.

*Hint: Chili always tastes better the day after when the flavors have had time to marry!

Thank you, hubby!

Chili Con Carne

Ingredients

• variety of chili peppers of your choice (jalapeños, serrano peppers, Anaheim peppers, habanero if you dare, etc...)
• 1-1 1/2 lb. 95% lean ground beef
• 1-1 1/2 lb. extra lean sirloin chunks for stew
• 15 cloves of garlic
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• salt and pepper
• 4 tbsp chili powder
• 3 tbsp paprika
• 3 tbsp cayenne
• 3 tbsp cumin
• 3 tbsp garlic powder
• 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
• 1 bottle or can dark beer
• 1 big can crushed tomatoes
• 1 small can tomato paste
• shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
• diced red or white onion
• fresh basil leaves torn (optional)

Instructions

Chop chili peppers into bite-size pieces. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or pot. Brown the beef chunks and ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Toss in whole garlic cloves. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes. Add chopped peppers, and stir to mix. Add dry spices and beer. Stir to mix evenly. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, and continue to stir. Let chili cook on very low heat for at least four hours before serving. Upon serving, top with shredded cheese and diced onions. Garnish with fresh torn basil leaves.
http://cynthiakim.com/2012/06/13/chili-con-carne/


04
Jan 12

Galbi (Korean Beef Short Ribs) in Slow Cooker

I know this is a late post of my sneak peek from a few days ago, but I thought I’d post it anyways. And you should really try this ASAP. I’m gaining a newfound appreciation for my slow cooker these days, because it makes life so much easier. I used sliced galbi for this, but I recommend using blocks instead like I did here and here. The beef was sotender, like “melt in your mouth” tender, that the already small pieces had all fallen off the bones and broken into pieces. Live and learn, right?

Galbi in Slow Cooker

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs beef short ribs
  • 12 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 3 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cooking sake
  • 2-3 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • toasted sesame seeds

Instructions: Combine garlic, green onions, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, sake, red pepper and flakes in the slow cooker, and stir making sure sugar dissolves. Add ribs and cover thoroughly with mixture. Cover with lid, and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. Plate and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and more green onions. These are all ingredients I have in the kitchen already which makes me very happy. Remember, I used sliced short ribs, but I don’t recommend this. Go for blocks like I did here and here. Look how pretty everything looks together. I like to chop my green onions diagonally, because they look fancier that way. Mix everything making sure the sugar dissolves. Go ahead and taste to see if you approve. I sliced my galbi slices into three, so it was one bone per piece. Then I stood them up so that they fit to get even coverage. I was really pleased at how perfectly they fit in the slow cooker. After cooking on low for 8 hours, all of the meat had fallen off the bones. And the flavor was delicious! I am guilty, however, of opening the lid several times and taking samples, while it was cooking. You can’t be in the house, smell this all day, and notdo that.

What do you think? How easy was that?

Galbi (Korean Beef Short Ribs) in Slow Cooker

Ingredients

◦ 4 lbs beef short ribs
◦ 12 cloves garlic, crushed
◦ 6 green onions, chopped
◦ 3 tbsp minced ginger
◦ 1/4 brown sugar
◦ 1 1/2 cups soy sauce
◦ 1/4 cup sesame oil
◦ 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
◦ 1/4 cup cooking sake
◦ 2-3 tbsp red pepper flakes
◦ toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

Combine garlic, green onions, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, sake, red pepper and flakes in the slow cooker, and stir making sure sugar dissolves. Add ribs and cover thoroughly with mixture. Cover with lid, and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. Plate and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and more green onions.
http://cynthiakim.com/2012/01/04/galbi-korean-beef-short-ribs-in-slow-cooker/


07
Dec 11

Chicken with Rosemary-Garlic-Mustard Sauce

I was excited to put this dish together without having to pick up additional ingredients at the market. For me, these ingredients are pretty essential, so I always have them. I hope you do too! What’s even better is that the recipe is pretty simple with minimal mess!

Chicken with Rosemary-Garlic-Mustard Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breast halves (2 servings pictured above)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • rosemary sprigs
  • minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp whole grain dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp (or more :)) unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • capers (optional)
  • lemon wedges (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F, and heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Pat dry chicken breasts, and lightly sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Add oil to the heated skillet, and cook for about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken breasts to a baking dish, and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts. Make sure chicken is cooked properly.
  3. While chicken is baking, pour white wine into the skillet, and deglaze (scrape the bottom of the skillet to make sure that the brown bits are released). Reduce the wine until it slightly thickens. Add the chicken broth, garlic, a sprig of rosemary, and capers (if you’d like), and raise the heat to bring to a boil.
  4. Mix the flour and water together, and add the mixture and mustard into the skillet. Let it boil and reduce. Add butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Add any juices from the baking pan into the sauce.
  5. Plate the chicken, pour the sauce on top, and serve with lemon wedges.

Don’t forget to preheat the oven first! I hate waiting for the oven to preheat. Lightly sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side depending on the thickness.

Transfer them to a baking dish, and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes. That’s all for the chicken! Now onto the sauce.

Pour the wine into the pan, and deglaze. That means scrape off the yummy brown bits and pieces from the bottom of the pan. Then pour yourself a glass of wine. This is optional. Let the wine reduce a bit…in the pan and in the glass.

I like to bruise rosemary sprigs to release the aromatic oils and release the flavor. Just lightly pound on it with the back of a knife, and smell the herb coming to life! That rhymes.

Add the chicken broth, raising the heat to bring it to a boil. Also add the garlic, rosemary, and capers if you like them.

Mix the flour and water…

Pour it into the broth…

Along with the grainy mustard.

Let it boil and reduce until it thickens to your liking.

Add butter and the juices from the baking dish. Salt and pepper to taste. Notice how the sauce has thickened by the visible part of the pan.

Plate and enjoy with some lemon and more wine! Pretty simple, right?

Chicken with Rosemary-Garlic-Mustard Sauce

Ingredients

◦ 2 chicken breast halves (2 servings pictured above)
◦ extra virgin olive oil
◦ 1/4 to 1/2 cup white wine
◦ 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
◦ rosemary sprigs
◦ minced garlic
◦ 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
◦ 1 tbsp water
◦ 1 tbsp whole grain dijon mustard
◦ 1/2 tbsp (or more :)) unsalted butter
◦ Kosher salt
◦ black pepper
◦ capers (optional)
◦ lemon wedges (optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F, and heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Pat dry chicken breasts, and lightly sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Add oil to the heated skillet, and cook for about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken breasts to a baking dish, and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts. Make sure chicken is cooked properly.
3. While chicken is baking, pour white wine into the skillet, and deglaze (scrape the bottom of the skillet to make sure that the brown bits are released). Reduce the wine until it slightly thickens. Add the chicken broth, garlic, a sprig of rosemary, and capers (if you'd like), and raise the heat to bring to a boil.
4. Mix the flour and water together, and add the mixture and mustard into the skillet. Let it boil and reduce. Add butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Add any juices from the baking pan into the sauce.
5. Plate the chicken, pour the sauce on top, and serve with lemon wedges.
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/12/07/chicken-with-rosemary-garlic-mustard-sauce/


17
Nov 11

Short Ribs with Wine & Cream

I bought a package of short ribs with the intent of making Galbi Jjim (Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs) again (which was a hit, by the way), but then I realized I would be wasting a new post opportunity! So I decided to try out this Short Ribs with Wine & Cream recipe by The Pioneer Woman. And I am so grateful that I did. I love short ribs. I love wine. And cream is a guilty pleasure. So I had to.

By the way, don’t let the length of the recipe fool you! Long recipes usually scare me too, but it’s really not that complicated. In fact, it’s pretty darn easy!

Short Ribs with Wine & Cream

Ingredients:

  • 12 whole short ribs
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 32 ounces, fluid beef broth or beef stock
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp grainy mustard
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp capers (more if you want)
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • rosemary sprig, to be fancy

Instructions:

Heat olive oil in a heavy pot over high heat. Sprinkle short ribs on both sides with salt and pepper. Quickly sear both sides of the short ribs, using tongs to flip them halfway through. (Just sear about 1 1/2 minutes per side.) Remove the shortribs to a plate.

Pour wine and beef broth into the pot. Add rosemary. Stir to combine, scraping the bottom of the pot to deglaze. Return the shortribs to the pot, reduce heat to low, then cover the pot and simmer it for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. (You can also put the pot into a 300 degree oven if you’d prefer not to simmer on the stovetop.)

After they have cooked, carefully remove the shortribs from the pot again. Stir in mustard, cream, and capers, then raise the heat and allow it to bubble up and gently boil for a good couple of minutes, or until it has thickened a bit. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Return the shortribs to the sauce, put on the lid, and turn off the heat.

Serve the shortribs on top of the mushrooms, then drizzle with extra cream sauce. Add a little rosemary sprig if you want to be fancy.

I absolutely adore short ribs. Really, I do. They’re like little blocks of happiness.

Sprinkle your happy blocks with some salt and pepper, while you heat your pot with olive oil over high heat.

Using tongs, sear them over high heat for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. After searing, remove them from the pot and onto a plate.

Then pour the red wine and beef broth into the pot, and add your minced fresh rosemary. Stir quickly and scrape the bottom of the pot to make sure you’re infusing all of the leftover bits from searing.

Do the short ribs a favor and put them back into the pot. They thank you. Place the lid on the pot, reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Get your remaining ingredients ready. You don’t have to, but I like to. It keeps my brain less frazzled.

After simmering for  almost three…long…hours, remove the ribs (and meat) from the pot and onto a plate again. I’m emphasizing the “meat,” because as you can see, a lot of the meat has fallen off the bones. You know what that means.

Now add your grainy mustard…

And your heavy cream…

And finally your capers. Lots of capers.

Then turn up the heat, let it gently boil and thicken.

After it has thickened, return the ribs and meat back to the pot for a final dip.

Prepare your plate with whatever you’re serving the short ribs with. I placed them on a bed of Garlic Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms.

Drizzle some more sauce, if you’d like. I think just one sprig of rosemary would have looked better. I must have gotten overly excited.

Eat your heart out.

Short Ribs with Wine & Cream

Ingredients

◦ 12 whole short ribs
◦ salt and pepper
◦ 3 tbsp olive oil
◦ 1 cup red wine
◦ 32 ounces, fluid beef broth or beef stock
◦ 2 tbsp minced fresh rosemary
◦ 2 tbsp grainy mustard
◦ 1 cup heavy cream
◦ 2 tbsp capers (more if you want)
◦ olive oil, for drizzling
◦ rosemary sprig, to be fancy

Instructions

Heat olive oil in a heavy pot over high heat. Sprinkle short ribs on both sides with salt and pepper. Quickly sear both sides of the short ribs, using tongs to flip them halfway through. (Just sear about 1 1/2 minutes per side.) Remove the shortribs to a plate.
Pour wine and beef broth into the pot. Add rosemary. Stir to combine, scraping the bottom of the pot to deglaze. Return the shortribs to the pot, reduce heat to low, then cover the pot and simmer it for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. (You can also put the pot into a 300 degree oven if you'd prefer not to simmer on the stovetop.)
After they have cooked, carefully remove the shortribs from the pot again. Stir in mustard, cream, and capers, then raise the heat and allow it to bubble up and gently boil for a good couple of minutes, or until it has thickened a bit. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Return the shortribs to the sauce, put on the lid, and turn off the heat.
Serve the shortribs on top of the mushrooms, then drizzle with extra cream sauce. Add a little rosemary sprig if you want to be fancy.
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/11/17/short-ribs-with-wine-cream/


02
Nov 11

Garlic Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms

I’m really loving shiitake mushrooms these days. It’s so versatile…goes with so many different cuisines. And it’s yummy too. This is a super simple recipe that’s almost too simple. But simple is good.

Garlic Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • shiitake mushrooms
  • minced garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Soak dry shiitake mushrooms in water for 30 minutes or as package indicates. Drain and squeeze excess water. Mix mushrooms with minced garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place mushrooms on a baking sheet and bake at 400° for 20 minutes.

I got this at Costco. I don’t remember how much it was, but it was pretty inexpensive.

Soak the mushrooms for about 30 minutes. Get those guys hydrated!

After soaking, check that they’re soft enough. Then rinse and drain.

Mince some garlic (lots of it), and throw them into a bowl with the mushrooms.  And then do them a favor by adding olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Mix, mix, mix. Everyone’s happy now.

Place them on a baking sheet and into the oven at 400° for 20 minutes.

And then after 20 minutes, thank yourself.

You can use them as a side, but I chose to use them as a bed for my meat dish…which you will see later. I guess it’s still a side.

Enjoy!

Garlic Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms

Ingredients

◦ shiitake mushrooms
◦ minced garlic
◦ olive oil
◦ salt and pepper

Instructions

Soak dry shiitake mushrooms in water for 30 minutes or as package indicates. Drain and squeeze excess water. Mix mushrooms with minced garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place mushrooms on a baking sheet and bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/11/02/garlic-roasted-shiitake-mushrooms/


26
Oct 11

Zero-Carb Zucchini Pizza!

I knew that would get your attention. Yup! It’s zero-carb, and you can make this totally fat-free! I saw a friend’s photo post on Facebook a while back, but I forgot all about it until recently. I’m into anything guilt-free, especially when it’s yummy and guilt-free! Thanks for the inspiration, Sonia!

Zucchini Pizza

Ingredients:

  • zucchini
  • tomato or pizza sauce
  • olive oil
  • fat-free shredded mozzarella
  • mushrooms (or any toppings of your choice)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Slice zucchini diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place them on a baking sheet. Top zucchini slices with olive oil, pizza sauce, salt, pepper, shredded mozzarella, mushrooms (or any toppings of your choice), and more mozzarella. Broil for 7-10 minutes. ‘Tis all, folks!

You can slice the zucchini diagonally for more surface area. Or you can slice them into rounds for pizza bites. I sliced diagonally for less work.

Arrange the slices on a baking sheet.

Time to start topping. Tomato sauce, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce…whatever you got will do.

I realized I forgot the olive oil (shame on me), so that came after the sauce. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Hubby did the honors of cheesing it up.

You can use any toppings that you fancy. I used mushrooms. I had some in the fridge, and they’re yummy.

Top with more mozzarella, because the cheesier the better. Pretty, aren’t they?

Broil for 7-10 minutes, depending on how cooked you want your zucchini. I honestly don’t remember how long we broiled them for. I was too hungry to care.

It was so delicious, and it’s totally skinny. I think I found my new love.

Go ahead, try it now!

Zero-Carb Zucchini Pizza!

Ingredients

◦ zucchini
◦ tomato or pizza sauce
◦ olive oil
◦ fat-free shredded mozzarella
◦ mushrooms (or any toppings of your choice)
◦ salt and pepper

Instructions

Slice zucchini diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place them on a baking sheet. Top zucchini slices with olive oil, pizza sauce, salt, pepper, shredded mozzarella, mushrooms (or any toppings of your choice), and more mozzarella. Broil for 7-10 minutes. ‘Tis all, folks!
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/10/26/zero-carb-zucchini-pizza/


14
Oct 11

Dak Kang Jung (Korean Sweet & Crispy Chicken Wings) Part 2

So where did I leave off in Part 1? That’s right. Hubby finished deep frying the 40 wings. Believe me…I would have been just as happy to eat them like that, but then it wouldn’t be Korean Sweet & Crispy Chicken Wings. They would just be Crispy Chicken Wings. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

While these wings rest, it’s sauce time!

Slice about 1 cup of ginger, while you wait to get 1 cup of water boiling. This is a must. Do not leave the ginger out.

Add the ginger slices, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 cup of brown sugar, and ¼ cup of vinegar to the boiling water. Then boil it over medium heat. It’s starting to smell good already!

After  5 minutes, add 1 cup of mool yeot (corn syrup). Then the tedious part: boil it for another 30 minutes or more over medium heat. It seemed like an eternity for me, but finally it started to thicken. Finally!

While I waited for the sauce to thicken, I got the other ingredients ready, because I like to plan ahead. Not really, but I just get really scatterbrained in the kitchen. So every bit of preparing helps. Other ingredients: roasted sesame seeds, dried red peppers, dried and crushed red chili peppers, and peanuts.

I had to transfer the sauce to a big pot to mix in the chicken wings, so plan accordingly. Perhaps use a big pot to begin with?

Toss in the wings…

Then the other ingredients, and mix, mix, mix! After mixing, turn off the heat.

Let them cool on a baking sheet (or anything, really) in one layer so that they don’t stick to one another.

Oh, and these extra goodies are so money! They’re practically a dessert! I let them cool in the pot and threw them on top of the chicken later…with my hands! Sneaking some into my mouth, of course.

Ready to go to the potluck! It was very much appreciated. Success!

Wait!

Remember the Korean Pickled Radish I made recently? How perfect is this combo??? Too bad, I ate all of the radish before I made the chicken. I wouldn’t have had enough for the potluck anyways. Oh well, next time!

Dak Kang Jung (Korean Sweet & Crispy Chicken Wings) Part 2

Ingredients

◦ 40 pieces of chicken wings
◦ 2 tsp salt
◦ 1/2 cup flour
◦ 1/2 cup starch powder
◦ 2 eggs
◦ 1 tsp ground pepper
◦ vegetable oil
◦ 1 cup sliced ginger
◦ 2 tbsp soy sauce
◦ 1 cup brown sugar
◦ 1 cup corn syrup (mool yeot)
◦ 1/4 cup vinegar
◦ 1 cup peanuts (or any kind of nuts)
◦ 1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds
◦ dried red chili pepper or dried and crushed red hot chili peppers

Instructions

Bread and deep fry:
1. Prepare 40 chicken wings or chunks of chicken, rinse them off in cold water, and drain them.
2. Transfer the chicken into a big bowl.
3. Add 2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of ground pepper, 2 eggs, and the mixture of ½ cup of flour and ½ cup of starch powder. Mix it by hand.
4. Deep fry the chicken wings in vegetable oil 2 times at about 350-380° F.
Sauce for coating:
5. Prepare a big wok or pan.
6. Place 1 cup of water in the wok, and heat it up.
7. Slice 1 cup of ginger thinly after peeling the skin off and washing, and add it into the boiling water.
8. Add 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of vinegar, and boil it over medium heat.
9. 5 minutes after, add 1 cup of corn syrup and keep boiling over low medium heat for about 30 minutes.
10. Raise a spoon of the sizzling sauce above the wok in the air, and drop it until the sauce begins stopping halfway. Then turn off the stove.
11. Mix it up: Reheat the sauce.
12. Add the deep fried chicken, 1 cup of peanuts (or any kind of nuts), 1/2 tbsp crushed red hot chili peppers or handful of dried red chili peppers, and ½ cup of toasted sesame seeds into the sizzling sauce, and mix it with a spatula. The amount of sticky sauce will decrease while you are stirring. Then turn off the heat, and you are done!
Tip:
Before the chicken cools down, you may have to separate each piece of chicken wing to prevent them from sticking to each other.
For vegetarians:
Just make the sauce following the recipe above, and then add whatever dried ingredients you like to make candy! You can use sliced ginger, nuts (almond, walnuts, pine nuts, and peanuts), or sesame seeds.
1. Place plastic wrap on your cutting board.
2. After mixing all the dried ingredients with the sticky sauce, spread it on the plastic wrapper on your cuttingboard. Wait a few minutes for it to harden. Cut it into bite size pieces, and enjoy!
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/10/14/dak-kang-jung-korean-sweet-crispy-chicken-wings-part-2/


13
Oct 11

Dak Kang Jung (Korean Sweet & Crispy Chicken Wings) Part 1

I made this a couple of weeks ago for our church Married Couples Fellowship potluck. I didn’t post it sooner though, because I was too lazy (lots of photos). So I found a solution to my laziness and decided to make it a two-part post. If you haven’t noticed, “Daily Dose” hasn’t been very daily lately, because I’ve been busy working on applications and what have you. OK, so I guess I haven’t been lazy. I’ve been busy.

So like I was saying, I made this for a potluck for about 20 people plus some half-people (kids). I was nervous, because it was my first time making this, and I didn’t want to screw it up for a potluck. Or else, I would have had to make a trip to the Korean market and pick up some ready-made food. It was an Asian-themed potluck. To my surprise, it turned out to be a hit at the potluck. I think. Either that, or everyone was being really nice.

And as usual, Maangchi never fails. Here is her recipe.

Dak Kang Jung (Korean Sweet & Crispy Chicken Wings)

Ingredients:

  • 40 pieces of chicken wings
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup starch powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sliced ginger
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup (mool yeot)
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup peanuts (or any kind of nuts)
  • 1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds
  • dried red chili pepper or dried and crushed red hot chili peppers
Directions:
  1. Bread and deep fry: Prepare 40 chicken wings or chunks of chicken, rinse them off in cold water, and drain them.
  2. Transfer the chicken into a big bowl.
  3. Add 2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of ground pepper, 2 eggs, and the mixture of ½ cup of flour and ½ cup of starch powder. Mix it by hand.
  4. Deep fry the chicken wings in vegetable oil 2 times at about 350-380° F.
  5. Sauce for coating: Prepare a big wok or pan.
  6. Place 1 cup of water in the wok, and heat it up.
  7. Slice 1 cup of ginger thinly after peeling the skin off and washing, and add it into the boiling water.
  8. Add 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of vinegar, and boil it over medium heat.
  9. 5 minutes after, add 1 cup of corn syrup and keep boiling over low medium heat for about 30 minutes.
  10. Raise a spoon of the sizzling sauce above the wok in the air, and drop it until the sauce begins stopping halfway. Then turn off the stove.
  11. Mix it up: Reheat the sauce.
  12. Add the deep fried chicken, 1 cup of peanuts (or any kind of nuts), 1/2 tbsp crushed red hot chili peppers or handful of dried red chili peppers, and ½ cup of toasted sesame seeds into the sizzling sauce, and mix it with a spatula. The amount of sticky sauce will decrease while you are stirring. Then turn off the heat, and you are done!

Tip: Before the chicken cools down, you may have to separate each piece of chicken wing to prevent them from sticking to each other.

For vegetarians: Just make the sauce following the recipe above, and then add whatever dried ingredients you like to make candy! You can use sliced ginger, nuts (almond, walnuts, pine nuts, and peanuts), or sesame seeds.

  1. Place plastic wrap on your cutting board.
  2. After mixing all the dried ingredients with the sticky sauce, spread it on the plastic wrapper on your cuttingboard. Wait a few minutes for it to harden.
  3. Cut it into bite size pieces, and enjoy!

I bought two packages of about 20 wings each. Rinse them in cold water and drain. So bare and naked.

Transfer the wings into a large mixing bowl and add the breading ingredients: salt, pepper, flour, starch powder (I used corn starch), and 2 eggs.

Go ahead. Don’t be afraid. Mix them by hand. I always use disposable gloves for stuff like this. No need to scrub your hands after.

Get the vegetable oil all hot and ready to go.

***Note: All of the deep frying was done by my hubby. Thank you.***

He wanted a little shout-out.

There he goes, frying away! He doesn’t trust me to handle things like this. I mean, he worries that I’ll burn myself.

Fried once…

Fried twice…

Look how beautifully crispy they look!

We had wings laying around everywhere!

And here we have the twice deep fried 40 wings (minus a couple). They were yummy enough to eat as-is! As-was?

But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see the rest! Trust me! It’s worth it!

Dak Kang Jung (Korean Sweet & Crispy Chicken Wings) Part 1

Ingredients

◦ 40 pieces of chicken wings
◦ 2 tsp salt
◦ 1/2 cup flour
◦ 1/2 cup starch powder
◦ 2 eggs
◦ 1 tsp ground pepper
◦ vegetable oil
◦ 1 cup sliced ginger
◦ 2 tbsp soy sauce
◦ 1 cup brown sugar
◦ 1 cup corn syrup (mool yeot)
◦ 1/4 cup vinegar
◦ 1 cup peanuts (or any kind of nuts)
◦ 1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds
◦ dried red chili pepper or dried and crushed red hot chili peppers

Instructions

Bread and deep fry:
1. Prepare 40 chicken wings or chunks of chicken, rinse them off in cold water, and drain them.
2. Transfer the chicken into a big bowl.
3. Add 2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of ground pepper, 2 eggs, and the mixture of ½ cup of flour and ½ cup of starch powder. Mix it by hand.
4. Deep fry the chicken wings in vegetable oil 2 times at about 350-380° F.
Sauce for coating:
5. Prepare a big wok or pan.
6. Place 1 cup of water in the wok, and heat it up.
7. Slice 1 cup of ginger thinly after peeling the skin off and washing, and add it into the boiling water.
8. Add 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of vinegar, and boil it over medium heat.
9. 5 minutes after, add 1 cup of corn syrup and keep boiling over low medium heat for about 30 minutes.
10. Raise a spoon of the sizzling sauce above the wok in the air, and drop it until the sauce begins stopping halfway. Then turn off the stove.
11. Mix it up: Reheat the sauce.
12. Add the deep fried chicken, 1 cup of peanuts (or any kind of nuts), 1/2 tbsp crushed red hot chili peppers or handful of dried red chili peppers, and ½ cup of toasted sesame seeds into the sizzling sauce, and mix it with a spatula. The amount of sticky sauce will decrease while you are stirring. Then turn off the heat, and you are done!
Tip:
Before the chicken cools down, you may have to separate each piece of chicken wing to prevent them from sticking to each other.
For vegetarians:
Just make the sauce following the recipe above, and then add whatever dried ingredients you like to make candy! You can use sliced ginger, nuts (almond, walnuts, pine nuts, and peanuts), or sesame seeds.
1. Place plastic wrap on your cutting board.
2. After mixing all the dried ingredients with the sticky sauce, spread it on the plastic wrapper on your cuttingboard. Wait a few minutes for it to harden. Cut it into bite size pieces, and enjoy!
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06
Oct 11

Korean Pickled Jalapeños

I remember loving this side dish since I was little. It’s called go-choo jang-ajji. It’s the perfect combination of sour, sweet, and salty that complements any meal. I eat it with just about everything…honestly. My mouth is watering just looking at it!

Korean Pickled Jalapeños

Ingredients:

  • jalapeños
  • white vinegar
  • soy sauce
  • sugar

Directions:

  1. Fill a jar with sliced jalapeños.
  2. Fill about 3/4 of the jar with white vinegar, 1/4 soy sauce, and 2-3 tbsp of sugar.
  3. Let it sit at room temperature for a day and 1-2 days in the refrigerator…if you can’t resist eating it already.
Hint: You can add cucumbers, garlic, or Korean radish (moo) too! Just make sure you have jalapeños as the main star of the show!

That’s it!

Korean Pickled Jalapeños

Ingredients

◦ jalapeños
◦ white vinegar
◦ soy sauce
◦ sugar

Instructions

1. Fill a jar with sliced jalapeños.
2. Fill about 3/4 of the jar with white vinegar, 1/4 soy sauce, and 2-3 tbsp of sugar.
3. Let it sit at room temperature for a day and 1-2 days in the refrigerator...if you can't resist eating it already.
Hint: You can add cucumbers, garlic, or Korean radish (moo) too! Just make sure you have jalapeños as the main star of the show!
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/10/06/korean-pickled-jalapenos/


04
Oct 11

Korean Pickled Radish

I’ve been dying to try Korean-style fried chicken at home! But I know I wouldn’t be 100% satisfied no matter how good the chicken turned out, if I didn’t have the moo (radish) to complement it. You see, I always need my extras…all the sides, condiments, whatever. Fried chicken without the pickled radish is like pizza without toppings. My hubby would be fine with that. But not me.

Korean Pickled Radish

Ingredients:

  • Korean radish (moo)
  • vinegar
  • white sugar
  • water

Directions:

  1. Peel moo and chop up into 1/2 to 1 inch cubes.
  2. Mix 1:1:1 ratio of vinegar, white sugar, and water in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.
  3. Mix moo into the mixture, and transfer to a container, making sure all of the moo is submerged.
  4. Let it sit in room temperature for one day, and place in refrigerator for another 1 to 2 days.
  5. Enjoy with fried chicken or with anything else as a side!

Here is my 5 pound moo in all its glory. The best part about it was that it was under $1!

Cut the ends off…

Then peel…

Then cut into 1/2 to 1 inch thick slices…

And finally into cubes. And you can go ahead and clean up your knife and cutting board. I always clean as I go. It’s an OCD tendency of mine.

In a mixing bowl, mix a 1:1:1 ratio of vinegar, white sugar, and water. I almost never use white sugar, but I have it just in case. You don’t want brown pickled radish…weird. Also, I used about 2/3 cup of each for my 5 pound moo.

Put the moo cubes into the mixture and mix them around.

Transfer the moo and juice to a container.

And make sure that all of the moo is submerged in the liquid. If you need more liquid, just remember 1:1:1.

Just let it sit on your kitchen counter for a full day and then in the refrigerator for another day or two.

Then it’s ready to go! The sweet and sour crunch of this side is the best. I prefer it over cole slaw with my fried chicken. But maybe that’s just the Korean in me.

What about you? What do you prefer?

Korean Pickled Radish

Ingredients

◦ Korean radish (moo)
◦ vinegar
◦ white sugar
◦ water

Instructions

1. Peel moo and chop up into 1/2 to 1 inch cubes.
2. Mix 1:1:1 ratio of vinegar, white sugar, and water in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.
3. Mix moo into the mixture, and transfer to a container, making sure all of the moo is submerged.
4. Let it sit in room temperature for one day, and place in refrigerator for another 1 to 2 days.
5. Enjoy with fried chicken or with anything else as a side!
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/10/04/korean-pickled-radish/