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Spicy Korean Pork Belly

23 Sep

Maangchi posted a Spicy Stir-Fried Pork (Doejibulgogi) recipe recently and I knew that I had to try it out. The pictures were making me drool! It was such a simple recipe and the only ingredient I had to buy was the pork belly. *Warning – pork belly skin is ridiculously hard to cut.* Make sure you have sharp knives. Freezing the pork before cutting also helps. If you don’t like eating all that fat, go for the leaner pork shoulder.


I’ll re-type the recipe here the way I made it. By leaving out the hot peppers and pepper flakes, the heat is mild but still there. Check out the link above for her video!

Spicy Korean Pork Belly
adapted from Maangchi

Ingredients:
2 lbs pork belly, sliced into 1/4″ pieces
1 onion, sliced
3 scallions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1/3 cup Korean hot pepper paste
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp toasted sesame oil

toasted sesame seeds
lettuce leaves for wrapping
cooked rice

Instructions:

1. Place all ingredients except for the sesame seeds and lettuce in a large, deep pan or wok.
2. Cook over high heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring to combine with a wooden spoon. Stir occasionally until pork is cooked through and onions are softened.
3. Serve with rice and use lettuce to wrap pork.
4. Eat!

Sailing, Kimbap, Shanghai Dumplings, Egg Tarts

15 Jul

I remembered to take pictures of sailing last Saturday at the Cal Sailing Club. It was my second sailing lesson and it went great! I hope that I’ll get a few more chances to go before I have to leave California. I already know that we probably won’t have a chance to go this weekend and then the next weekend, we were invited (last minute) to a wedding! I learned a lot this lesson because I got a chance to sail. Our instructor this time, Pierro, was a really detailed teacher. So far I know how to set the boat into the water from a raised dock, tie the boat to dock, rig the sails to be ready to sail, use the tiller (toward the boom = toward the wind, away from the boom = away from the wind), and tacking (changing directions when sailing into the wind). I just hope I can remember all the info the next time I go. I’m bad at sailing at the right angle to the wind (30 is best) but it wasn’t bad for my first time. I didn’t capsize or get seasick!

sail boats at dock

The boat I’m learning is the one with the purple sail in the picture above. It’s a 15-foot Laser Performance Bahia and can fit four people (instructor + 3 students).

the clubhouse

windsurfers and kayakers

Cal Sailing Club also has windsurfing lessons included in membership. You can also borrow wet suits, wet weather gear and PFDs (personal floatation devices).

After sailing, it’s lunchtime so it’s a nice reward to go find something yummy to eat. We ended up in south Berkeley this time where there are lots of cheap eats for college students. I really wanted kimbap for some reason so we stopped at Kimchi Garden for some. Brian was going to go for other stuff somewhere else but when we saw how big the order was, we ended up just having this and bubble tea. This whole order was less than $6!! The restaurant apparently has really bad reviews but my order came out really fast and tasted good so I’ll say it’s safe to order kim bap at least. It even came with kimchi and spicy fish cake.

super huge kim bap

Bubble tea was from Sweet Heart Cafe on the same block. I got the red bean milk coffee with tapioca, which was not bad. The coffee was strong and the red beans on the bottom were tasty. Brian’s vanilla milk green tea with tapioca was watery with a strong green tea flavor.

We then went to the area where Berkeley Labs is located, which has awesome views high up. The platform is right outside the Lawrence Hall of Science. You can see far from this view point. We can even see Berkeley Marina where we were sailing.

That night I didn’t feel like cooking so we ate out with Amanda’s family plus Kim who was visiting (Cornell friend). We ate at Shanghai Dumplings in Cupertino and had siu long bao a.k.a. soup dumplings (regular and crab), chow mien, rice cakes, and pork sticky rice in a hollowed out bamboo stem.

pork bamboo sticky rice in hollow bamboo

siu long bao, crab on the bottom

They were pretty tasty but the ones from Joe’s Shanghai in NYC were richer/fattier. The noodles at Joe’s Shanghai were also better but the food here was good. They even have a dumpling station where you can watch them make the dumplings.

On Sunday, Amanda’s Dad threw a World Cup Finals party. They had cooked up some salmon, chicken and kielbasa while everyone else brought a dish (there was so much food). Since I was unsatisfied with the dan tat from the cooking lesson, I made my own. I knew I had to make a lot and didn’t want to spend too much time on them so I cheated and used store bought refrigerated pie crusts (the rolled ones). For the filling I followed this recipe but added 3 Tbsp of sugar to the filling because it wasn’t sweet enough when paired with the salty pie crust. The crust in the recipe is supposedly very sweet. Make sure you strain the filling or you’ll end up with white spots from the egg white protein. I didn’t have a strainer so my first two batches had spots. This filling recipe makes around 48 egg tarts IF you use a regular sized empty can as a cookie cutter and re-roll pie crust scraps. I used up two packages of crusts (4 pieces total).

dan tat (egg tarts)

Bake at 375 F for about 15-17 minutes, depending on your oven. They should be done soon after they puff up. Stick a wooden skewer in them to test if the filling is set. You don’t want to overcook these because you’ll get tough eggs. I found that the ones that didn’t puff didn’t come out as nice (the egg had leaked below the crust due to overfilling or shaking the pan when putting it into the oven). Egg leakage meant soggy dark bottoms due to excess moisture and sugar. They were still edible but not very presentable.

in the oven

smooth, sweet custard

Even though the crust wasn’t authentic, they were a hit at the party! They were easy to make so I’m going to make more soon.

Taiyaki <fish waffles)<

4 Mar

taiyaki waffle
Taiyaki made with waffle batter.

My taiyaki pan finally arrived!! It took a week to get to me. Shipping was a ridiculous flat $10 for such a small pan. I got it off ebay from California. If someone knows where to find one in NYC please let me know for future reference. I searched all over Chinatown with no luck. I DID find a takoyaki pan for $12 at a restaurant supply on Bowery St. which is a lot cheaper than Kam Man on Canal St. Takoyaki =/= taiyaki. Too bad.

taiyaki in pan
The pan looks big but it’s actually not that big.

I tried two recipes. The first recipe was from Cooking with Dog on Youtube. I love those videos! I’ve never had real taiyaki except for the chibi-taiyaki from Sweet Breams in San Mateo, CA so I’m not sure what to look for. The batter from Cooking with Dog’s recipe is not that sweet which compliments the sweet store bought red bean paste inside. I actually messed up and did 100g of water instead of 100ml. The second batter was a simple waffle batter that had milk, oil, all purpose flour, a lot more baking powder and required whipping egg whites to fold into the batter. More work, more fat and actually didn’t taste as good as the Japanese recipe. I did half nutella and half red bean paste in this batch. If you can find red bean paste that’s in the pouch, I recommend that over the can. It tastes sweeter and is mashed not pureed so it’s more authentic. Or you can make your own.

taiyaki cropped
From the Japanese recipe.

I still have to work on cooking it properly to get it to crisp up without burning. Next experiment will be the recipe below with all purpose flour instead of cake flour and the correct amount of water.

taiyaki nutella
Waffle batter with nutella.

Taiyaki Batter

by Cooking with Dog

Ingredients:
100g Cake Flour (3.53 oz)
2/3 tsp Baking Soda
2 tbsp Sugar
1/2 Egg (30g/1.06 oz)
100ml Water (3.38 fl oz)

Directions:
1. Sift together flour, baking soda and sugar in a large bowl.
2. Whisk together egg and water.
3. Make a well in the flour and slowly pour in egg and water while whisking outwards to incorporate all the flour. This will prevent lumps.

Japanese + Korean + Cupcakes

28 Feb

I ate really well yesterday. Good thing I stopped counting calories because I probably ate enough for a couple of days.

Breakfast: bowl of whole grain cheerios with 2% milk.

Lunch: Udon with homemade dashi stock (bonito flakes, dried fish, dashi granules, soy sauce, mirin, sugar), char siu (roast pork), poached egg, cabbage, naruto, nori, scallions, and ichimi togarashi (pepper flakes).
udon bowl top
Close up of raw egg goodness and cute naruto swirls:
udon bowl
During a 5 hour karaoke marathon at Duet 48: a large Calpico soju (yum!), a big bite of everything in the box of Buttercup Bake Shop goodies Wendy brought, a cookie (the momofuku ones I made). Click on photo to see what each cupcake is.
buttercup cupcakes
Dinner: Pocha 32 in Korea town: along with pictures below, jap chae, seafood pajun (that they hid tons of jalapenos in.. not good, way too spicy), and a sweet/savory rice cake stir fry.

Whole squid stuffed with spicy pork:
pork stuffed squid
The stew we always get with ramen, rice cakes, spam, sausage, tofu, veggies, cheese..
korean stew pocha
Garlic breaded chicken:
garlic breaded chicken

My poor, happy belly. =D

Edit: Totally forgot about the watermelon soju!
watermelon soju

Jap chae/Korean noodles (Bento 9)

6 Feb

Laptop lunch for dinner at work. I made jap chae after Wendy threw the surprise party with Korean food. I think hers tasted better but this was my first time making it so now I know how to improve my methods.

bento 9

Jap chae, salad, red pepper, cucumber, goddess dressing, avocado and tomato “guac” (which got really brown and gross – didn’t end up eating this), and dove dark chocolate.

I asked Wendy for her recipe and she pointed me to Maangchi. I basically followed that recipe but approximated the vegetable amounts. Some tips from what I’ve learned: add salt to taste because the recipe didn’t call for salt but I feel like it needed it; don’t skip the step where she adds soy sauce to the spinach because my spinach was bland; definitely marinate the beef beforehand (soy sauce, sesame oil, cooking wine, sugar), overnight is best; and don’t forget the green onions like I did. Otherwise, quite a delicious and flavorful dish.