Monthly Archives: September 2017

Korean Bulgogi BBQ

Cheap BBQ is great. Cheap Korean BBQ is just something a little different and fun when you want to mix it up a bit. Your Girlfriend/Boyfriend/”Life Partner” will love it!

My best suggestion is that before actually attempt to do Korean BBQ, go to a nice cheap Korean BBQ place in your city when you get a chance and experience it for yourself. There are pretty much two options at the places I have gone to. You have your dishes prepared in the kitchen such as your stir fry’s and soups. The staff will sit you at a table and take your order and bring it out to you. The other option is to have the staff sit you at a table with a BBQ hot plate in the middle. You then order your marinated raw meat and cook it yourself on the table.

To get a really good idea of the whole experience, I suggest going a bunch of times so you can really understand what it is all about. Any excuse to keep going back is good enough for me. Also, make sure you go with some friends. In the end they will probably encourage you to put on a Korean night or something.

I personally fell in love with the whole Korean food experience when I met my Korean friend “Colin”. He was into baseball and visiting Australia at the time. I took him to a few games and thought I would take him to a Korean restaurant so he could feel a bit of home and I could give the stuff a try. From then on, every week after baseball practice we went straight there for dinner. Since then, I think I have introduced more people to Korean food than any Korean has.

What sold me on doing it for myself was some pictures that he showed me of his grandparents that live up in the mountains somewhere. The whole family was sitting on the ground around a big wood fire BBQ with all sorts of meat and stuff on it. They were all picking away at the food with chopsticks and they looked so happy. I thought “This is what I want to do”.

I have had a lot of experience with a lot of different sorts of BBQ’s. Korean doesn’t just incorporate the cooking or the social part. It totally puts the two together and involves everyone.

Try the Korean Diet to Lose Weight

South Koreans have one of the lowest obesity rates amongst people in the developed world. Koreans pay a lot of attention to their appearance. This alone is good reason to try and incorporate the Korean diet to lose weight. It is based upon fresh vegetables, a lot of seafood, lean meats and plenty of spices.

You first have to see if there is a restaurant in the vicinity of your home that can help you with the Korean food. Once you can set up a running order with them you are good to go.

Korean food is packed with colors, textures and flavors. Two of their favorite meals are rice bowl with vegetables and noodle soup with vegetables (onmyeon). They have a very healthy practice of providing lots of vegetables as accompaniments to meat dishes.

The diet contains lots of seafood and lean meats. They do not deep fry their food, preferring to stir fry it or have it in soups and broths. The other characteristic of Korean food is its extreme spiciness. This boosts up your metabolism and makes you more active.

Kimchi, a Korean staple made of fermented cabbage and sometimes radish, is excellent for digestion. Eat a bit of Kimchi with every meal, just like the Koreans do.

The custom in Korea is to eat large helpings of food. Since a large part of it is vegetables, you automatically get a high fiber, high nutrition diet. This works well if you do not want to cut back on your eating.

Another thing to emulate from the Koreans is to take the time out to enjoy the meal. Meals are family events and are not rushed affairs. If you slow down to enjoy your food, you will consume less.

Try out the Korean diet to lose weight and you will be amazed at the results

A Easy Way to Cook Korean Food

Vegetable pancake (ya chae jeon)

Or Korean pizza, which I like to call this! Obviously, I love pizza. I can’t deny that and the Korean version is a classic Korean food. And no, you won’t find melted cheese with pepperoni but something crispy with some seafood. I remember eating this in Korea with some soju (Korean liquor). I could not get enough of it! Although there a lot of different versions in restaurants. This Korean Recipe is the basic one.

Ingredients: ½ cup of flour, 2/3 cup of water, 2/3 cup of chopped scallops or other seafood, green onions, asian chives (or regular chives if you can’t find), zucchini , green chili pepper, 1 ts salt, 1 egg, vegetable oil.

Let’s cooking the yummy Korean Recipe:

* Place ½ cup of flour, 1 ts salt, 2/3 cup of water in a big bowl and mix it.

* Chop ½ cup of green onions, 1 cup of asian chives and shred ½ cup of zucchini.

* Put chopped vegetables into the mixture of flour and water and mix it up.

* Chop 2/3 cup scallop. I put also some mini shrimp of same amount.

* In a big heated pan, put some oil and spread the vegetable pancake batter thinly. Lower the the heat

down to medium.

* Place the chopped seafood over the top and press it down with a spoon or spatula.

* When the pancake is cooked about 70%, beat one egg and spread it in the center of the

pancake and cook a few minutes over low heat.

* Turn the pancake over with a spatula.

* Add more oil and cook for few minutes. And serve it hot with dip sauce.

Tip: to make crispier, add more oil and spread the pancake mixture thinly.

Dip sauce: mix 1 TBS of soy sauce and ½ TBS of vinegar.

Korean Food Recipe You Need to Try Tonight

The word “bibim” means “mixed” and “bap” means “rice”. This mixed rice dish is traditionally served in a bowl where warm rice is topped with seasoned vegetables, meat, egg and the fermented chili pepper paste called “gochujang” [go-choo-gyang]. There are many variations of Bibimbap, depending on toppings and the type of dish it’s served in. Dolsot Bibimbap is served in a sizzling hot stone pot, making the bottom of the rice golden brown and crispy as you eat. You can even have it with sushi grade raw fish or sautéed calamari.

Here is a Korean Food: Bibimbap recipe you can try tonight. Also great for surprising dinner party guests by letting them put together whatever combination they want with different ingredients you prepared beforehand. Your guests will be impressed with your exotic culinary skill but it’s so easy and simple!

Korean Food: Bibimbap with marinated flank steak and gochujang date sauce (SERVES 4)

INGREDIENTS

For Gochujang Date Sauce

  • 1/2 cup gochujang (sold in Asian/Korean market)
  • 3 medjool dates, socked in warm water to peel the skin and pitted
  • 1 TBS ground toasted sesame seeds
  • 6 TBS water

For the marinade

  • 4 TBS soy sauce
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

For Bibimbap toppings

  • 1/2 lb flank steak
  • 8 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in warm water
  • 2 medium carrots, julienned
  • 2 small zucchini, julienned
  • 4 oz. mung bean sprouts
  • 4TBS canola oil
  • 4 cups of cooked rice (white sushi rice or mixed brown rice for a healthier version)
  • 4 fried eggs (sunny-side-up or egg-over-easy are recommended)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Make Gochujang Date Sauce: Blend pitted and skinless medjool dates with water in a blender. In a bowl, combine the blended mixture with gochujang and sesame seeds until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Cut flank steak against the grain into 1/4 inch thick, 2 inch long strips. Add 3 TBS of marinade. Set aside in the fridge.
  3. Squeeze the moisture out of shiitake mushrooms and slice into 1/4 inch thick strips. Add the rest of the marinade and set aside.
  4. Heat 1 TBS canola oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add julienned carrots and sauté for about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a dish and set aside. Repeat procedure with julienned zucchini, mung bean sprouts, marinated mushrooms and marinated flank steak.
  5. To serve, place 1 cup of rice each at the bottom of bowls and top each with a fried egg. Arrange flank steak, mushrooms, carrots, zucchini and mung bean sprouts around the egg. Serve with the gochujang date sauce on the side.