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Dakdoritang (Korean Spicy Chicken Stew)

29 Sep

Nowadays, I like to cook Korean dishes whenever I have the time to do so. I actually have cooked this dish prior to my trip to Seoul, South Korea in May/June 2013. Dakdoritang (닭도리탕) is a chicken dish that’s cooked in a spicy red sauce along with vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.

This spicy chicken stew is best served with piping hot rice and kimchi as the side dish. Trust me, this is such an easy recipe because you simply put everything in a pot and wait for it to cook. The result is succulent pieces of chicken packed with spicy and savoury flavours!

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Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into small pieces (excess fat removed)
  • 3 – 4 potatoes, cut into big chunks
  • 2 carrots, cut into big chunks
  • 1 large onion, cut into big chunks
  • 4 – 5 plump garlic cloves
  • 2 – 3 thinly sliced ginger pieces
  • 2 scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths
Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Korean red chili pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons Korean red chili pepper paste (gochujang)
  • A pinch of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Directions
Add 1 1/2 – 2 cups of water to a large pot along with the chicken and the sauce (except the sesame seed oil and sesame seeds). Stir well. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the vegetables (except the scallions). Cover, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook, uncovered this time, until the chicken is tender and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the scallions, sesame oil and sesame seeds right before turning off the heat.

Spicy Tuna & Tomato Pasta

24 Feb

One of the new resolutions that I have this year is to prepare healthy dishes for myself and the family. I’ve been falling sick far too often and I blame myself for not paying much attention to my body and health. This has got to stop especially when I still want to spend more time and create fun loving moments with my family ❤

This is the one of the new recipes which I have tried and tested. The sister had second helping so that just means, this recipe is good to go! Basically, it’s just diced tomato which I allow to simmer for awhile and then, add spicy tuna and cooked pasta into it.

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can spicy tuna
  • 200 grams pasta, of your choice

Directions
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup parsley and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Whisk in the butter, then stir in the tuna.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente for about 8 – 10 minutes; drain. Add the pasta to the tuna sauce and stir in the remaining parsley; season with salt and pepper.

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Spicy Tuna & Tomato Pasta

Bibimbap (Korean Rice Bowl with Vegetables and Chicken)

27 May

Here is another Korean dish that I truly love, Bibimbap. Basically, it is a large bowl of rice topped with an array of individually prepared vegetables and chicken (or beef) and served with seasoned red pepper paste (gochujang). If you can serve this in a sizzling hot stone bowl, that would be highly recommended. But since I don’t have stone bowls at home, I opted for claypots instead. It works equally fine 😉

This recipe looks long indeed as there are plenty of side dishes to be included. But if you want the easy way out, you can just make 3 – 4 toppings as desired.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 250 grams chicken (or beef)
  • 4oo grams mung bean sprouts
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 packet shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 eggs
  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 2 or 3 scallions, chopped
  • light soya sauce
  • sesame oil
  • roasted sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper
  • vegetable oil

Red pepper paste (gochujang) sauce

  • 4 tablespoons of Korean red pepper paste (gochujang)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons of water

Directions

Cook the rice in a rice cooker, using a little less water than called for. The rice for bibimbap should be a little drier than usual. Prepare all other ingredients.

Assemble: Place a serving of rice in a big bowl. (If using a stone bowl, heat it on medium heat until hot. Add 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil and rice and cook the rice for several minutes until the rice sizzles.) Nicely arrange a small amount of each prepared vegetable and chicken (or beef) over the rice. Drizzle a little sesame oil over. Top with an egg fried sunny-side up and serve with the red pepper paste sauce.

Chicken / Beef / Shiitake mushrooms: Cut into thin 2-inch long strips. Mix in 1 tablespoon of light soya sauce, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of chopped scallion, 2 cloves garlic minced and a pinch of pepper. Marinate for 20 minutes. Sauté in a skillet for 2 – 3 minutes over high heat.

Mung bean sprouts: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil with a teaspoon of salt. Add the bean sprouts and boil for 3 minutes. Drain quickly and shock in cold water to stop cooking. Drain again. Toss with 1 clove garlic minced, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds and salt and pepper to taste.

Spinach: Blanch the spinach in salted boiling water only until wilted, 30 – 40 seconds. Drain quickly and shock in cold water. Squeeze out water. Cut into 3-inch lengths. Toss with 1 tablespoon of chopped scallion, 1 clove garlic minced, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds and salt and pepper to taste.

Zucchinis: Cut the zucchinis in half lengthwise and then thinly slice crosswise. Generously sprinkle salt over sliced zucchinis and set aside for 10 – 15 minutes. Squeeze out excess liquid from salted zucchini by hand. Add 1 tablespoon of chopped scallion and 1 clove garlic minced. Sauté in a lightly oiled skillet for 1 – 2 minutes over medium high heat.

Carrots: Julienne the carrots into match sticks. Sauté in a lightly oiled skillet for 1 – 2 minutes over medium high heat, sprinkling salt and pepper to taste.

Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly.

Tteokbokki (Spicy Stir-fried Rice Cakes)

27 May

I love this Korean street food the most! And I had the pleasure of having it on my recent Korea trip 😉

I prefer the spicy kind and you will find this almost everywhere on the streets of Korea. You can also include other ingredients such as ramen, boiled eggs and even seafood. These spicy, slightly sweet and chewy rice cakes are simply addictive! I have since made this twice, prior to my very first authentic Tteokbokki. And I can foresee this becoming a hot favourite with the family members.

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for you folks. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilogram tteokbokki tteok (about 3-inch long rice cake pieces)
  • 1 packet of fish cake
  • 100 grams cabbage
  • 1 – 2 scallions
  • 3 cups anchovy broth
  • 3 tablespoons Korean red chili pepper paste (gochujang)
  • 1 – 3 teaspoons Korean red chili pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 1 tablespoon light soya sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Directions

Cut the fish cake, cabbage and scallions into about 2-inch long pieces.

Add the anchovy broth to a large pan. Stir in the sauce ingredients except the sesame oil and sesame seeds. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat, stirring to dissolve the red chili pepper paste (gochujang)

Add the rice cakes. Boil until the rice cakes become very soft and the sauce is thickened, about 8 – 10 minutes. Stir frequently so the rice cakes don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Add the vegetables and fish cakes. Continue to boil, stirring constantly, for an additional 4 – 6 minutes. Taste the sauce, and adjust the seasoning if needed. Add the sesame oil and sesame seeds right before turning the heat off. Serve immediately. 

Tteokbokki doesn’t reheat well in the microwave. Reheat any leftovers, along with a little bit of broth or water, in a small pan over low heat.

Jajangmyeon (Noodles in Black Bean Sauce)

27 May

I have been curious about Korean cuisine lately, all thanks to the eating scenes of the Korean dramas that I have been watching. And there is always the delivery scene whereby Jajangmyeon (Noodles in Black Bean Sauce) is being served. Basically, it is a sweet and savory noodle dish and a very popular Korean-Chinese noodle dish. I just had to google for the recipe, buy the necessary ingredients and start cracking.

I had to substitute the noodles with instant ones as I couldn’t find fresh jajangmyeon noodles. The other alternative is to use fresh udon noodles but my sister detests that alot. So, instant noodles it shall be then 🙂

Ingredients

  • 2 – 3 packets of instant noodles
  • 5 tablespoons Korean black bean paste (chunjang or jjajang)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 150 grams chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 100 grams cabbage
  • 1/2 zucchini (can substitute with carrot)
  • cucumber matchsticks for garnish (optional)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour* dissolved in 1/4 cup of water (*use up to 2 tablespoons for a thicker sauce)

Directions

Prepare the chicken and vegetables by cutting them into cubes. Marinate the chicken with ginger, salt and pepper while preparing the vegetables.

Add the black bean paste to a small saucepan with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, sugar and oyster sauce. Fry it over medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Heat a large pan with the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil over high heat. Add the chicken and stir fry until almost cooked. Add the vegetables and cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Stir in the black bean paste and mix everything together until all the meat and vegetables are coated well with the paste.

Pour in the chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium high and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the dissolved corn flour and cook briefly until the sauce is thickened. Add more sugar to taste if necessary.

Add the instant noodles in a pot of boiling water. Cook according to the package instructions and drain. Do not overcook. The noodles should have a firm bite to them. Place a serving size of noodles in each bowl. Spoon the sauce over the noodles and garnish with the optional cucumber matchsticks.

Kimchi Fried Rice

24 Feb

I’ve managed to make two batches of kimchi from scratch and honestly speaking, I’m still trying to perfect the recipe. My mom has modified the ones that I have made and it tasted really good. Once I have created the perfect one, I will definitely share it with you guys 😉

So far, we have used our home-made kimchi for two dishes, Kimchi Fried Rice and Kimchi Noodles. I have to admit that they really tasted as authentic as it can be.

Here’s a quick recipe for those who are keen to find out how Kimchi Fried Rice tastes like 🙂

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 garlic cloves*
  • 1 onion*
  • 2 red chillies*, seeds removed
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons Korean red chili pepper paste (gochujang)
  • 1/2 cup kimchi, cut into small pieces + 1 tablespoon kimchi juice
  • 1/4 cup tiny anchovies
  • 100 gm thinly sliced beef
  • 1 fried fishcake, sliced thinly
  • 5 crab sticks, sliced into three
  • 3 cups overnight steamed white rice
  • 1/2 tablespoon light soya sauce or to taste

*Use a food processor to chop these three ingredients together

Directions

Heat up a wok with a little bit of oil and fry the tiny anchovies. Dish out and set aside.

Add the remaining oil into the wok. Sauté the garlic and onion until aromatic. Add the gochujang and kimchi (along with the kimchi juice) and do a few quick stirs before adding the beef slices, fishcake and crab sticks. Stir to combine well. Add the rice, light soya sauce and fried anchovies. Stir a few times to blend with the rice.

Dish out and serve immediately with an egg sunny side up on top of the rice.

Bolognese Spaghetti

16 Jan

I have been cooking Bolognese Spaghetti during the weekends when we are stumped on what to have for dinner. Once you have prepared the meat sauce, you can have it with any type of pasta or slather it over a slice of baguette and top it off with mozzarella cheese. Mmm… yummy 🙂

Baked Bolognese Spaghetti

I normally would cook a big pot of it and add plenty of ingredients so that we can always have pizza toast with the leftover meat sauce.

And recently, I’ve been baking the Bolognese Spaghetti with plenty of mozzarella cheese in my new Le Creuset dish. The sister and father have given the thumbs up, so I guess, it’s time for me to share this great recipe with you folks 😉

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 500 gm minced beef
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • Button mushrooms, sliced into four
  • 1 can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano
  • 1 bottle (24 oz) Prego Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce
  • 1 chicken stock cube, dissolved in 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 6 chicken franks, sliced into four
  • 6 crab sticks, sliced into three
  • 10 – 15 medium grey prawns, deshelled and leave the tail intact
  • Any shellfish of your choice
  • Salt, sugar & MSG, to taste

Directions

In a large heavy skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and stir-fry until aromatic.

Add the minced beef, diced bell pepper and mixed herbs and cook, stirring constantly, until the meat is cooked, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, button mushrooms and the chicken stock cube that has already been dissolved in warm water.

Finally, stir in the fresh mushroom sauce and the rest of the other ingredients. Add salt, sugar and MSG, to taste. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.