Friday, February 17, 2012

Spicy Braised Chicken with Potatoes 닭도리탕

Hey guys, I know that it has been like forever since I last posted a recipe. I feel really bad, but I have been kinda swamped by school work. Even now I am just taking a short break from my maths homework to post this up. If I have time tomorrow or on Sunday I might post another one up.

Anyways, I am going to get straight to what I am going to be posting up today. The dish is going to be a stew. It is Spicy Braised Chicken with Potatoes 닭도리탕 (DAK-DO-RI-TANG). Since it is till quite cold in Korea at the moment, this is the perfect dish to help warm you up against the chill.

Dakdoritang is a traditional braised chicken dish that is full of spices and flavors which are exquisite in taste. Succulent chicken pieces such as thighs, breasts and/or drumsticks are simmered in a base soup where the meat tends to fall off the bones. It is marinated with hot pepper and soy sauce, containing assortments of vegetables such as green & red chili peppers, potatoes, onions and carrots. Some may include jalapeños to this dish in addition to gochujang (red chili pepper paste) which will surely wake up your taste buds. As it can get quite spicy, be sure to eat plenty of steamed rice to offset the heat.

I;m going to head straight into the recipe for this dish because I don't have much time.

1-2 jalapenos (optional)
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp gochujang (red chili pepper paste)
2 tbsp gochugaru (red chili pepper flakes)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp sesame oil
2 green onions
1 tbsp ginger
2 cups water
Salt and pepper

1. Peel potatoes and cut them into eight pieces (cut each potato in half and then cut each half into four quarters).
2. Cut onions the same way as the potatoes.
3. Peel carrot and cut it into lengths about the same size as its width. Cut each slice into four quarters.
4. Slice jalapeño (julienne), if desired.
5. In a heavy pot, combine all ingredients except green onions.
6. Cover and cook for 30-40 minutes over a medium flame.
7. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
8. Chop and add green onions to simmer for 5 additional minutes.
9. Serve hot with rice.

And there you have it, a quick dish that is bound to warm you up in the cold weather.

That looks so good, I can't wait to make it tomorrow. You should too ^^

That is it from me for now, I need to get back to maths homework T_T. I hope that you enjoyed the post, and till next time, stay healthy, warm and be happy!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

두부김치 (Tofu and Kimchi) Doo Boo Kimchi

Hey, so school started for me last week. I'm kinda having a bit of a study break right now. So I'm going to post up a quick recipe.

I know that this post is going to be a bit lacking, but I really do need to get a lot of stuff done. I might be able to post another recipe some other time this week. We will see ^^

Anyways today, I'm going to be posing up a side-dish that you would find eaten with soju. I know, I really shouldn't be endorsing alcohol, but it is a nice dish and no one ever said that you had to eat it with alcohol.

Anyways,the dish is 두부김치 Doo Boo Kimchi or literally Tofu and Kimchi. It’s a very simple dish that consists of boiled tofu, kimchi and some meat (optional). Tofu is usually placed alongside kimchi as they are eaten together as a whole.

Serving presentation may differ from various restaurants, including Korean bars, but kimchi is normally placed in the center of a plate with tofu slices around the perimeter. To eat, kimchi can be placed on top of the tofu and washed down with a shot of soju, thereafter. The meat ingredient can include beef or pork strips (samgyupsal) but it can be left out to be severed as the perfect vegetarian dish. Lastly, it is garnished with chopped green onions for its final touch.

Sounds easy? Find out just how easy.

1 package tofu
1½ cups aged kimchi
¼ lb pork strips (thinly sliced)
1 tbsp gochukaru (red chili pepper flakes)
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 green onion, chopped
Salt and pepper

1. In a pot, fill enough water to cover the whole block of tofu and bring it to boil.
2. Add some salt and boil tofu for 5-7 minutes.
3. Drain well, cut in half and slice ½ inch thick. Keep it warm.
4. Sauté garlic in vegetable oil and add beef.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. To prepare kimchi ingredient, chop and drain well.
7. Add kimchi, red chili pepper flakes, and soy sauce. Cook for 4-5 minutes and add sesame oil.
8. On a plate, put kimchi in the center and tofu pieces on the side or around the perimeter of the plate.
9. Sprinkle chopped green onions for garnish.

And there you have it, a simple dish that you can use as a snack when you are hungry and wanting to be a bit healthy.

That is it from me today. My break is coming to an end, and I need to get back to my work. I hope that you will try this dish because the simple flavours are just amazing. Anyways, stay healthy, warm and happy. I will blog soon ^^