Showing posts with label Korean Dishes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Korean Dishes. Show all posts

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

[30 Minutes Meal] 7 Express Cooking Recipes

Quick meal in 30 minutes
Hi everyone, time flies and it’s mid-week again! If you are short on time to prepare weekday dinner after a hectic day at work, here are 7 express cooking recipe ideas for your reference. To speed up the cooking time you could even prepare some of the ingredients beforehand so in way you could save at least a good 10 minutes on cutting and preparation. Between our ideas of express cooking are still within the topic of preparing proper one-dish meal which includes meat and vegetables that is done in 30 minutes or less.

Friday, 24 October 2014

[30 Minutes Meal] Express Meal Using Lee Kum Kee Menu-Oriented Sauces

Have you ever tried preparing a decent "3 dishes + 1 soup (三菜一汤)" meal within 30 minutes (excluding preparation of ingredients and marinating)? In this post I would be sharing some tips and recipes on how to cook-up four delicious home cook dishes and get them ready on the dining table within 30 minutes.

Since this task is part of the criteria from Lee Kum Kee MOS Blogger Competition which I am taking part, I decided to put myself on a test to see whether am I able to complete the assigned task within the time frame.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Kimbap - 김밥

Kimbap (김밥) is a popular Korean dish/finger food made from steamed white rice (bap) together with various other ingredients and rolled in seaweed sheet (gim/kim), sliced and served in bite-size. Often kimbap is prepared as one of the picnic food or eaten as light lunch with together with kimchi.

While doing some read up on Kimbap, I also learn that although it might look similar to Japanese sushi roll but their rice are actually seasoned with sesame oil rather than rice vinegar which is commonly found in Japanese sushi rice.


BULGOGI KIMBAP


Above was my first Kimbap inspired by my IG (Instagram) friend, @honeybeesweets88 who always whip up mouth-watering dishes and bakes for her family. And since I am looking for some Korean flavour, I wrapped my version with Bulgogi, spinach, carrot, egg and kimchi, whereas for my kid's non-spicy version, I use kani (crab stick), egg, cucumber and carrot.


(Serves: 3-4  | Preparation: 15 minutes | Cooking: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 3 Cups Uncooked Short Grain Rice, rinse and soaked
  • 1 - 2 Teaspoon of Sesame Oil, optional
  • 5 Sheets of Nori (seaweed)

  • Fillings:
  • Beef Bulgogi
  • Some Japanese Cucumber and Carrot Strips
  • Egg Omelette, Julienne
  • Blanched Spinach
  • Kimchi


Method:-
1. For Rice: Cooked the rice in the rice cooker till done and leave it to stand in the cooker for at least 10 minutes before stirring in sesame oil and mixed well.

2. For Spinach: Blanch it in boiling water for 30 seconds, remove and drain well with kitchen paper towel. Season it with some mixture of light soy sauce, sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.

3. For Bulgogi: Stir-fry the marinated meat with some oil over medium heat till cooked through.

4. Next place a sheet of seaweed with shiny side down on a bamboo sushi mate. Divide cooked rice into 5 portions and evenly spread one portion of the warm rice on the seaweed sheet leaving about 2" space allowance on top (facing the far end).

5. Layer the fillings lengthwise on the rice (refer to the photo above) and gently roll up from the bottom end (close to you) using the bamboo mat as support (apply some pressure to secure the roll with both hands) and tuck in the fillings using your fingers.

6. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients and rice. Lastly, rub some sesame oil on your knife before cutting the roll will prevent the rice from sticking on to the knife.

Note:
~ I used the standard rice cooker cup to measure 3 cups of uncooked rice.

~ Rinse and soaked uncooked rice in the rice cooker with water measuring to "mark 3" for at least an hour before cooking.

~ You can either get marinated bulgogi meat from local supermarkets or stay tune for my upcoming recipe on bulgogi.


Beside Bulgogi Kimbap, I also made another version using Fried Rice for one of our weekday lunch. It's pretty easy using some left over rice which I stir-fry it with beaten egg and garlic then wrapped it up with kani (crab stick) and asparagus.

If you are interested you could also check out my previous recipes on Korean Dishes or common Korean Ingredients too.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

[With Recipes] Lunar New Year Lunch Gathering With Relatives

This year mum and I decided to do a combined New Year lunch gathering to invite our relatives over for a festive lunch. We hope to take this opportunity to get touch and mingle with everyone since we seldom get a chance to eat together as a big group during normal days of the year.

{Chinese New Year Gathering} Our Big Family! Photo Credit to Alvin @ http://mralvinlyt.tumblr.com/
As this was my first time cooking for 30 pax, I was pretty excited about the whole gathering and I also spent quite some time drafting the menu to cater for festive feel plus majority preference.  And thanks God, everything went on smooth with surplus of food and everyone has a wonderful family bonding time together too.

Gift For Our Neighbour
Beside the family gathering, every year we also prepared something as a token of appreciation for our neighbours. Being staying around my area for more than 10 years and we have two families of wonderful neighbours whom we always joke and chit chat whenever we see each other. And every year during Lunar New Year, Malay Hari Raya, Deepavali and Christmas season, we would exchange gifts and food together to soak in the festive atmosphere as well as appreciate each others culture and friendships.



FAMILY LUNCH GATHERING DURING
DAY 2 OF CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR


Above is my draft lunch menu which we also added a few last minute dishes in order to feed a group of 30 persons. And below are some foodporn of the dishes that we had during the lunch gathering.......


APPETIZER


{Appetizer} Spicy Top Shell
Since I don't really fancy top shell, I have limited ideas on how to create a dish using this. But mum on the other hand loves to use this as side dish (Chinese Salad) together with some onion, cucumber and spicy sauce. And to enhance the taste, mum also added in some small chilli (diced) and crashed roasted peanut which makes it taste similar to Thai-style salad.


(Preparation: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
3 Cans of Top Shell
2 Japanese Cucumber, skin removed
6 Calamansi (酸柑), halved and juice
6 Shallot, thinly sliced
1 Small Chilli, chopped
2 Tablespoons of Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce, optional
Some Roasted Peanuts (optional), roughly chopped

Method:-
1. Rinse and drain the top shell, thinly sliced and set aside.

2. Cut the cucumber into halve, lengthwise then sliced 0.5cm thick diagonally.

3. In a mixing bowl, mix together top shell, cucumber, shallot, chilli, calamansi juice, chilli sauce and some freshly ground black pepper together.

4. Season the taste with more calamansi juice/chilli sauce, top it with some crashed peanuts before serving.


{Appetizer} Yogurt With Mixed Fruit Salad
For kids and those who don't like the Spicy Top Shell, I have prepared some Yogurt With Mixed Fruit Salad as alternative choice. This is a quick appetizer which you could easily whipped it up at home using assorted fruits of your choice like:- dragon fruit, apple, pear, avocado, orange, strawberry and etc. Mix the cut fruits with either flavoured yogurt or Greek yogurt for a thick and creamy texture. 


MAIN DISH


{Main} Mini Buddha Jumps Over The Wall
Buddha Jumps Over The Wall (佛跳牆) is made from numerous delicacies with more than 10 ingredients such as bamboo shoots, scallops, sea cucumber, abalone, shark fin, chicken, Jinhua ham, pork tendon, mushrooms and etc. These ingredients are then simmered over low heat for many hours with just the right amount of heat to achieve the irresistible taste of this traditional dish.

But on our end, instead of making this soup dish from scratch we shorten the cooking process by using ready bought "Buddha Jumps Over The Wall" soup broth. On top of it, we add in extra ingredients like abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, scallops, chicken broth and etc to create our quick and easy Mini Buddha Jumps Over The Wall (迷你佛跳牆).

{Main} Longevity Noodles With Superior Broth
You might find this "noodle dish" familiar because I have shared the recipe in my previous post on the Chinese Cooking Demo by Chef Eric Low.  

For our version instead of using the traditional Longevity Noodles, we replaced it with Ee Fu Noodles and also add in Chinese Cabbage (Napa Cabbage) for extra sweetness.

{Main} Braised Pork Belly With Mushroom
To pair with the steamed white rice, mum specially prepared this pot of Braised Pork Belly With Mushrooms which is well received and gone within minutes too.

{Main} Stir-fry Sweet Peas with Leek And Carrot
A very "green veggie" dish that mum and I come up with using Sweet Peas, Celery, Chinese Leek, Mushrooms, Carrot, Wolfberries, Lily Buds and Chinese Preserved Sausage for extra seasoning flavour. Before serving, I also scattered some roasted cashew nuts on top for extra crunch too.  

{Main} Baked Honey Chicken With Rosemary
Instead of deep-fried chicken wings, I bought 2 kg of mid-joints to make 2 different recipes to cater for two groups of guests. First we had this Baked Honey Chicken With Rosemary which was savory and yet with hint of sweetness from the caramelized honey. Recipe can be found here

{Main} Korean Spicy Chicken Wings
Next for my cousins and aunties who are fans of Korean food and drama. I specially made this Korean Spicy Chicken Wings for them. Although mine were not as spicy and fiery as compared to those from Nene Chicken, but majority of them love my combi of using Gochujang paste, sesame seeds, grated ginger and etc which you could find my recipe here at one of my Korean Cooking Project post.

{Main} Hakka Style Rice Wine Chicken
Traditional Hakka Style Rice Wine Chicken (黄酒鸡 ) (my recipe) made by my mother-in-law who is a typical Hakka lady whom is good in culinary skill. She has a lot good traditional recipe on Hakka delicacy such as Abacus Seeds (recipe),  Steamed Pork Belly with Mui Choy (recipe), Soon Kueh and etc which I still learning and try to make it simple to share the recipes in my website with those who are keen in trying those dishes.

{Main} Homemade Assorted Mini Pizza
Everyone loves pizza especially those with lot of cheese and pipping hot ones that are just out from the oven. In order to speed the preparation and serve it hot, we used ready bought Pita Bread (thick crust) and Wholemeal Wraps (thin crust) from supermarket to use as the pizza base.

It's so fun creating our own pizza using ready bought pizza base (put in the fan-force oven for about 3 minutes till slightly crisp before use), pizza sauce (I used tomato base spaghetti sauce) , sausage, pineapples, capsicums, shredded mozzarella cheese, prawns, tomato, mayo tuna and etc as the toppings.
 
{Main} Assorted Finger Food
Party cannot do without fingers food like nuggets, chicken gyoza, fish balls, sotong balls, hotdog, sausages and etc as these are the all time favourite for both kids and adults.


DESSERT


Assorted Drinks

{Dessert} Osmanthus And Chestnut Koi Jelly
I love dessert so for this New Year gathering, I made some Koi and Ingot Jelly using Konnyaku Jelly Powder plus Osmanthus Flower and Water Chestnut. You can read more on how to make this auspicious jelly at the recipe post here.

{Dessert} Longan And Cranberry Yogurt Cake
For cake I also made two different flavour to cater for the group of old and young. And since it was the 2nd day of Lunar New Year, I decided to bake my new inspiration which was the Longan And Cranberry Yougrt Cake. I really love this new flavour which is moist, fluffy and full of flavour from the dried longan, cranberry, cointreau and chia seeds. Give this a try if you love orange flavour cake with dried fruits in it.

Recipe is available at this link here.

{Dessert} Double Chocolate Yogurt Cake
Chocolate lover would love this because I use 70% dark chocolate plus chocolate chips and Valrhona Dutch Process Cocoa Powder to make this moist and rice chocolate cake. To enhance the texture of the cake, Greek yogurt and fresh orange juice were also added into it.


Ingredients: (makes 2 small loaf tins, 17cm x 8cm x 6cm)
175g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
200g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs, 60g each
200g Self Raising Flour
45g Valrhona Cocoa Powder
100g Mini Chocolate Chips
40ml Orange Juice
200g Greek Yogurt

Method:-
1. Please refer to here for steps on making.


{Dessert} Baked Cheesy Nian Gao With Prata
Apart from the cakes and jelly I also made this addicting snacks for the guests and they really enjoy it, especially for those kids who do not know how to appreciate "Nian Gao (年糕)" on it's own. With this fusion method of wrapping traditional nian gao with shredded cheese using ready bought prata skin I am sure it would make a great snack for your visiting guests.

If you could not find prata skin, replace it with either puff pastry or spring roll wrapper (deep-fry the end product instead of bake) . But remember do not over-filled the wrapper with Nian Gao or else the parcel would burst during baking or cooking.  Related recipe could be found at my recipe link here.

Lastly I would like to wish everyone a Prosperous and Happy Lunar New Year! 
祝大家新年快乐,万事如意,蛇年行大运! 发发发!!!


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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Steamed Chicken With Ginseng (Jjim Dak - 찜닭) Using Happy Call Pan


Hi there, hope everyone has a great weekend. Sorry for the lack of post(s) these few weeks because; firstly I was away for vacation and secondly it is also the mid-year school holiday in Singapore so eventually I am spending more time with my kid rather than updating my blog.

Here to continue with my Korean Cooking Project, I would like to share with you another recipe similar to Ginseng Chicken Soup(Samgyetang) with a sightly different ingredients plus using "steaming method".


STEAMED CHICKEN WITH GINSENG
(Jjim Dak - 찜닭)



Jjim Dak(찜닭) or Dak Jjim which also known as "Korean Steamed Chicken" is something similar to our Chinese Steamed Herbal Chicken. But in this recipe the only herbs used are Dried Ginseng and Red Dates which after all bring up the flavorsome taste of the chicken which infused from the ginseng. This dish is prepared using Happy Call Pan(HCP) which acts as a pressure cooker to gently simmer the chicken till tender and as the same time trap the flavour of all the ingredients used. (don't worry if you don't have any HCP you can always used a normal steamer for this dish)


Recipe adapted from "the food of Korea" by Injoo Chun, Jaewoon Lee and etc

(Serves: 2-3         | Preparation: 10 minutes |           Cooking: 30 minutes)

Ingredients:
1/2 Portion of Chicken, about 600g
300ml of Water
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
2 - 3 Pieces of Dried Ginseng
8 Fresh Peeled Chestnuts
2 Medium Potato, cut into chunks
4 Big Red Dates
3 Cloves Garlic
2 Slices Ginger
3 Stalks Spring Onion, cut into sections


Method:-
1. Rinse dried ginseng with water before soaking it in a bowl of warm water for about 20 - 30 till it is slightly soften. Cut it into 2 - 3 sections.

2. Trim and rinse the chicken, pat dry with paper towels and rub 1/2 teaspoon of salt all over it and set aside.

3. Arrange some spring onion and ginseng on the HCP (around the middle area), place the prepared chicken(skin side facing upwards) on top and scatter the rest of the dry ingredients around the chicken, add water and salt.

4. Close and LOCK the HCP and simmer the chicken on low heat for about 30 - 40 minutes or till meat is tender when using chopsticks to poke through the thigh area.

5. During the cooking process you can open the HCP and check the water level every 10 - 15 minutes if you are worried about the sauce being evaporated. (for me I opened it twice on the 15 and 25 minutes, you can also add in a little more water if the sauce evaporates)

6. Serve chicken on the HCP or cut it into serving pieces.



So if you like the taste of ginseng and you are looking for some comfort food to nourish our body systems, perhaps you would like to try this 1 Pot Dish which consists of quiet a number of nutritious ingredients for your body. And moreover adding potato in this herbal chicken helps to give it a starchy gravy and it could also be served as a meal itself without having extra cooked rice too.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bibimbap ( 비빔밥)


Bibimbap(비빔밥) which means "mixed rice" is a healthy and hearty everyday dish that consists of steamed rice, vegetables and meat. And before the rice is placed in the bowl, the bottom of the bowl is coated with sesame oil making the layer of the rice forms a crispy crust at the bottom(a bit similar to our Asian Claypot Rice) while the dish is often serve with a dollop of gochujang.


BIBIMBAP
(비빔밥)


There are a few common of vegetables used in Bibimbap such as julienne cucumber or zucchini, mushrooms, soy bean sprouts, carrots, spinach and etc. And if for health reason or personal preference, beef can often be substituted with chicken or seafood too.


(Serves: 2          | Preparation: 15 minutes          | Cooking: 15 - 20 minutes)

Ingredients:
2 Serving Portions of Cooked White Rice
4 Medium Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms, cut into thin slices
60g Bean Sprout
1 Small Carrot, julienne
1 Small Zucchini, julienne
100g Spinach, blanched
Some Cabbage Kimchi, optional
2 Eggs
3 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped

Drizzling Sauce:
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
1/2 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
Pinch of Salt

To Serve:
Gochujang/Bibimbap Paste
1 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Seeds
Extra Sesame Oil

Method:-
1. Fill a medium saucepan or pot with water and bring to boil. Blanch the spinach for about 1 minute, drain, rinse with cold water and squeeze out any excess liquid.

2. Roughly cut spinach into section and add in half of the drizzling sauce and mix well. Set aside.

3. Repeat the same produce as above with the bean sprouts.

4. Add 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a small frying pan/saucepan, saute the zucchini with some chopped garlic till zucchini soften. Remove and set aside.

5. Repeat the step with carrot and mushrooms, keeping them separate.


6. Using individual heatproof casserole dish, grease inside lightly with some sesame oil, add 1 portion of the rice and place over high heat for 3 minutes to sear the rice.

7. At the meantime, prepare the pan and fry the sunny-side up egg.

8. To serve, remove casserole from heat, place egg in the center and arrange the prepared vegetables alternatively around the egg. Sprinkle with extra sesame seeds and sesame oil, serve immediately with some gochujang paste on the side.

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NOTE:-
~ If you have time, prepared all the side vegetables ahead in the morning and keep them in the fridge so that you would be able to get the dish ready in 10 minutes during lunch or dinner.

Often a raw/fried egg together with sliced meat (usually beef) are the two commonly additions to Bibimbap but for my version, I have adapted most of the common ingredients except meat which I have left out for this recipe. To start the meal, just give the mixture a few stirs to combine the ingredients and enjoy.

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