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!


09
Sep 11

Dweji Bulgogi (Spicy Pork) Tacos!

Instead of carne asada tacos, and instead of rice and dweji bulgogi, I decided to mix it up and make dweji bulgogi tacos! The best of both worlds! I think I love tacos more for the cilantro and onions than for anything else.

Remember this?? *stomach growls*

All you need to do is get some veggies ready, and you’re ready to eat! I know what you’re thinking about the perilla leaves and mint. They don’t belong here. Oh, but they do! For a low-carb meal, use the perilla leaves instead of tortillas. But if you want it all (like I do), try this…

Yum yum!!! So many fragrant veggies and more importantly, so many flavors!

Taco without a perilla leaf.  Still good, but I love me some perilla leaves!

Hungry yet?

Dweji Bulgogi (Spicy Pork) Tacos!

Ingredients

◦ pork belly (pork shoulder), 1 1/2 lbs
◦ hot pepper paste, 1/3 cup
◦ onion, 1 medium sliced
◦ garlic, 4 cloves minced
◦ ginger, 1/2 tsp minced
◦ green onions, 3 chopped
◦ green chili pepper (optional)
◦ hot pepper flakes, 2 tbsp
◦ brown sugar, 2 tbsp
◦ soy sauce, 1 tbsp
◦ black ground pepper, 1/2 tsp
◦ sesame oil, 2 tsp
◦ roasted sesame seeds
For tacos:
◦ small corn tortillas
◦ onions, cilantro, mint, perilla leaves, radish, limes

Instructions

1. In a thick bottomed wok or pan, add these ingredients: 1½ pounds (600 grams) of pork belly of bite size pieces about ¼ inch thick, onion, green onions, minced garlic, minced ginger, chopped green chili pepper (optional), hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, brown sugar, soy sauce, black pepper, and sesame oil.
2. Heat up the pan over high heat.
3. Mix and stir all ingredients with a wooden spoon, until the pork is cooked thoroughly. It’ll take about 10 minutes, and the onion will look translucent and mushy when it’s done.
For tacos:
4. Assemble tacos by with dweji bulgogi, tortillas, and your choice of veggies.
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/09/09/dweji-bulgogi-spicy-pork-tacos/


08
Sep 11

Spicy Stir-Fried Pork (Dweji Bulgogi)

I don’t know about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with pork. I love pork and everything it stands for…like yummy, fatty, greasy deliciousness. But I feel so guilty, because it’s so yummy, fatty, and greasy! What’s a girl to do??? When in doubt, just enjoy. Life’s too short.

I usually make this when I don’t feel like making such a mess in the kitchen and can’t think of anything else. It’s super easy and quick! Almost too easy! Recipe is from Maangchi, of course. Thanks, Maangchi!

Dweji Bulgogi

Ingredients:

  • pork belly (pork shoulder), 1 1/2 lbs
  • hot pepper paste, 1/3 cup
  • onion, 1 medium sliced
  • garlic, 4 cloves minced
  • ginger, 1/2 tsp minced
  • green onions, 3 chopped
  • green chili pepper (optional)
  • hot pepper flakes, 2 tbsp
  • brown sugar, 2 tbsp
  • soy sauce, 1 tbsp
  • black ground pepper, 1/2 tsp
  • sesame oil, 2 tsp
  • roasted sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. In a thick bottomed wok or  pan, add these ingredients: 1½ pounds (600 grams) of pork belly of bite size pieces about ¼ inch thick, onion, green onions, minced garlic, minced ginger, chopped green chili pepper (optional), hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, brown sugar, soy sauce, black pepper, and sesame oil.
  2. Heat up the pan over high heat.
  3. Mix and stir all ingredients with a wooden spoon, until the pork is cooked thoroughly. It’ll take about 10 minutes, and the onion will look translucent and mushy when it’s done.
  4. Transfer it to a serving plate and serve with a bowl of rice, some lettuce, a few more side dishes (if you want), some soup, and kimchi.

Watch how easy this is!

I always have some pork belly in the freezer for those “in case of emergency” days. You know…those “don’t feel like cooking”/”don’t have much time”/don’t have much in the kitchen” days.

You can get the chunks of pork belly that are not sliced up like this. I like the chunks even better, but I’m just working with what I have. Plus, it was more appropriate for what I did with this dish (which will be a later post…hint hint).

I know this will be frowned upon by many of you, but I did trim the fat off of some of the pieces. Hey! I have three weddings to attend in the next month! But as you can see, there is still plenty of fatty goodness left.

These are all the veggies you need. So easy and you should have all of these in your kitchen anyways! I used a jalapeño instead of green chili pepper. And yes, I used 75% more garlic than Maangchi’s recipe calls for. But you expected that, right?

Prepare all your veggies…

And throw them into the pan with the pork.

Then add all of the other ingredients: hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, brown sugar, soy sauce, black pepper, and sesame oil. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Take one more look.

Mix, mix, mix over high heat continuously for about 10 minutes or until the pork is cooked. I’m so hungry now!

Transfer to a plate, sprinkle some sesame seeds, and dig in! Check back tomorrow, and I’ll show you what I did with this!

Spicy Stir-Fried Pork (Dweji Bulgogi)

Ingredients

◦ pork belly (pork shoulder), 1 1/2 lbs
◦ hot pepper paste, 1/3 cup
◦ onion, 1 medium sliced
◦ garlic, 4 cloves minced
◦ ginger, 1/2 tsp minced
◦ green onions, 3 chopped
◦ green chili pepper (optional)
◦ hot pepper flakes, 2 tbsp
◦ brown sugar, 2 tbsp
◦ soy sauce, 1 tbsp
◦ black ground pepper, 1/2 tsp
◦ sesame oil, 2 tsp
◦ roasted sesame seeds

Instructions

1. In a thick bottomed wok or pan, add these ingredients: 1½ pounds (600 grams) of pork belly of bite size pieces about ¼ inch thick, onion, green onions, minced garlic, minced ginger, chopped green chili pepper (optional), hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, brown sugar, soy sauce, black pepper, and sesame oil.
2. Heat up the pan over high heat.
3. Mix and stir all ingredients with a wooden spoon, until the pork is cooked thoroughly. It’ll take about 10 minutes, and the onion will look translucent and mushy when it’s done.
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/09/08/spicy-stir-fried-pork-dweji-bulgogi/


12
Aug 11

Onion Salad

If you’re Asian, or even if you’re not!  You understand the need to have that crunchy, spicy, sour, salty, veggie side dish to accompany all the fatty and greasy goodness we often eat.  You visualize (or at least I do) the oil globules hardening from mixing with all the cold beverages you consume.

OK, back to the point.  Koreans’ number one staple is kimchi (next to rice…or maybe vice versa), but sometimes we don’t always have kimchi in the house (unless you live with your parents).  Hannah shared a yummy onion salad recipe with us that is sure to satisfy every taste bud.  It has every flavor you need: sour, salty, spicy, nutty, and…sweet…like me!  Pfftt.  Just kidding.  I guess I’d be spicy, if I had to choose.  Not saying I’m hot or anything, but anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE spicy food and hot sauces.

Ban’s Onion Salad

  • A lot of vinegar
  • Honey
  • Touch of soy sauce
  • Touch of sesame oil
  • Wasabi
 

Here are a few different versions by the girls. 

Can you tell which one is the original?

Onion Salad

Ingredients

◦ A lot of vinegar
◦ Honey
◦ Touch of soy sauce
◦ Touch of sesame oil
◦ Wasabi

Instructions

Slice onions thinly. Add ingredients, and mix.
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/08/12/onion-salad/


12
Aug 11

A Noodle Kind of Week

My girls and I send phone pics of everything that goes on in our lives…like everyday…all day.  Why am I not surprised that we all had cold noodles at least once during the past week?  Not even together…we live in SD, OC, IE, and LA!


It’s like a domino effect.  By the way, these are all homemade except one.

Can you guess which one cheated?