18
Jun 12

Couples Dinner to GNO

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We started off Friday night as a couples night at Honda-ya in Fullerton, but of course the night ended as a GNO at Ziller NRB. The hubbies went to watch some movie in IMAX (not our type of stuff). We missed our other girls but quickly forgot that it was just the three of us…haha.


20
May 12

Shogun Sushi & Omakase

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{porridge to start}

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{soft tofu salad}

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{scallops}

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{wasabi octopus}

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{squid}

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{banchans (Korean side dishes)}

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{more banchans}

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{sashimi}

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{oysters}

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{more sashimi}

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{my fave, uni}

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{dynamite}

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{some sort of roll}

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{I'm never interested in rolls much, so I didn't get pics.}

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{mackerel}

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{mae eun tang (spicy fish/seafood stew)}

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{tempura}

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{noo roong ji (burnt rice soup)}

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{cherimoya sprinkled with orange juice}

When in LA, please visit Shogun Sushi & Omakase. Located in the heart of Ktown, you’ve probably driven in the area one time or another. We frequent Shogun several times a year, and it is always a treat. They have traditional private rooms for special occasions too. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent location. Go now!

Shogun Sushi & Omakase
987 S Vermont Ave Suite D
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 365-0213

 


16
Apr 12

Weekend Recap :: LA Grub

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{corn cheese at ToeBang}

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{cheese shot}

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{finally at KangHoDong after an hour and a half wait}

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{grillin'}

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{cheers}

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{beautifully marbled}

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{one more time}

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{me & my girls...plus Kang Ho Dong}

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{beautiful baby E}

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{one last time at El Taurino...until the next}

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{nomnomnom}

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{not only did I bring back ET for my hubby...}

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{...I also brought back his fave. I'm such a nice wife!}

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{beer brats in the dutch oven for Sunday Funday back at home}

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{with beer from our kegerator}

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{swimming in homemade beer}

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{bacon & butter...make everything better}

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{dutch oven, grill, and back in the dutch oven}

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mayo and grey poupon

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{and topped with El Taurino hot sauce!}

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{Kuma & Sibi}

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{the end}

I drove three and a half hours in traffic and rain on Friday to meet my girls in Ktown for a GNO. We ended up going to round 5, but my phone pictures stop at round 2. That’s the sign of a good night.

If you haven’t been to KangHoDong in LA, it is an absolute MUST! The meat is so buttery and of high quality. No wonder we had to wait an hour and a half, but it was totally worth the wait and hype. I can’t wait to go back! Whenever that may be…

On Saturday, I took care of some errands and picked up some El Taurino and wang mandoo (literal translation: “king dumplings”) at HK Market for my hubby. What a nice wife I am. Driving around LA on Saturday, I remembered why I don’t miss living in Ktown: traffic. But I sure do miss the LA grub!

Home sweet home. On Sunday, I uttered the words, “I want bratwurst.” The next thing I know, my hubby was at the market getting brats and wine and cooking away. I asked what I should do, and his response was “Nothing, just relax.” What a nice husband he is.

Hope your weekend was as fun and fat as mine! Happy Monday!


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/


01
Jan 12

New Year’s Day Recap

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first dduk gook (Korean rice cake soup traditionally eaten on New Year's Day) by granny

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sides all made by granny

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finished a huge bowl

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Korean pears and apples of course

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second dduk gook by MIL

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her sides

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second dinner

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sweet and salty

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first attempt at fading glitter nails

Today, I woke up at Nancy and Peter’s house, tried to wake up my hubby a million times, drank coffee, went back to sleep, finally got my hubby up, went to Bum and Jihye’s house to pick up my phone, went to my MIL’s, took a shower and got ready, went to church, went to granny’s in LA, came back to OC to MIL’s, had traditional family get-together, had good laughs with the family looking at photos from the past, drove in the fog to come home to SD, stopped by at In-N-Out, ate In-N-Out, and now…I am tired and sick.

So many good things are going to happen this year. Happy 2012!!!

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28
Dec 11

Bulgogi (Korean Marinated Beef) and Mashed Sweet Potato Pizza

I think I have a new favorite pizza. This was seriously one of the best pizzas that I’ve ever made at home, and the hubby couldn’t agree more. He was literally thinking about it for days. It takes a little bit more effort than the usual “throw on the toppings and pop it in the oven” kind of pizzas, but it was so worth it. Plus, a hubby who loves something you make is priceless.

Bulgogi and Mashed Sweet Potato Pizza

Ingredients:

  • bulgogi
  • mashed Korean sweet potatoes (gogooma)
  • pizza dough
  • grated mozzarella cheese
  • mushrooms
  • chopped green onions
  • black pepper
  • crushed red peppers

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to  450°. Roll out pizza dough. Spread a layer of mashed sweet potatoes. Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese. Top with bulgogi, mushrooms, and black pepper. Sprinkle more cheese on top. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle chopped green onions and enjoy!

I would have to say that this was the star of the show, good ol’ Korean mashed potatoes or gogooma. My mother-in-law gave me so much gogooma to take home, and I was wondering what to do with them. I definitely put them to yummy use!

I quickly mashed them with some butter, milk, salt and pepper.

I had my bulgogi marinating for a few hours, and cooked it up on the stove.

Then let it cool, and chop into pieces. I was too impatient, and chopped them immediately after cooking. I wouldn’t recommend this. Hot.

Roll out the dough (hubby’s job), and spread a layer of the mashed sweet potatoes right on the dough. Mashed gogooma is dangerously good.

Then grate some mozzarella cheese (also hubby’s job). Be very generous.

Now top with bulgogi and mushrooms…

And black pepper and some more mozzarella. Mo’ cheese mo’ betta.

After baking for somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes, it should look like this, minus the green onions. Immediately sprinkle on chopped green onions. I like to chop diagonally. It looks fancier.

What do you think? Would you try mashed sweet potatoes on your pizza?

Bulgogi (Korean Marinated Beef) and Mashed Sweet Potato Pizza

Ingredients

◦ bulgogi
◦ mashed Korean sweet potatoes (gogooma)
◦ pizza dough
◦ grated mozzarella cheese
◦ mushrooms
◦ chopped green onions
◦ black pepper
◦ crushed red peppers

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 450°. Roll out pizza dough. Spread a layer of mashed sweet potatoes. Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese. Top with bulgogi, mushrooms, and black pepper. Sprinkle more cheese on top. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle chopped green onions and enjoy!
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/12/28/bulgogi-korean-marinated-beef-and-mashed-sweet-potato-pizza/


04
Dec 11

Craving Satisfied

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29
Nov 11

Trying Something New

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Lately I haven’t been posting a lot which, I know, is making my 823,984,739,402 readers very sad. Riiiiight. I’ve been so preoccupied with school applications and just thinking about what’s going to happen in the next year. My days are spent researching schools, cities, and preparing for interviews. I just received my third interview invitation, so it’s been super exciting. I’ve been accepted to one school (my first interview), declined my second interview, and my third is coming up in less than two weeks. And to think I have yet to submit my application to another school!

So I decided to try something new. I’ll continue to post recipes using my DSLR, but not at the same frequency as when I started this blog. Instead I’ll be posting more “In the Moment” posts by my cell phone which should give you more real-time food updates. I’ve always gotten comments on Facebook about my food posts, so why not share it on a blog! I will, I repeat, I will continue to post recipes, so I hope  you’ll stay tuned…recipe or not!

So here’s tonight’s dinner for you! Dweji bulgogi tacos as seen in my recipe post here. Now it’s time for some TiVo and vino!


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!
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/10/13/dak-kang-jung-korean-sweet-crispy-chicken-wings-part-1/