Thursday, April 21, 2011
This is my first post and while I don't really think anyone will read it I'm going to post it up anyway!!
This is inspired by my lovely friend, Anniett who is the reason why I started on this site originally and whose list of favourite foods I just read. She is the one that kicks my butt when I need it and I appreciate it :)
My latest happy food is korean food and spring rolls.
Korean bibimbap - Typically this is white rice with assorted marinated and pickled veggies and sometimes beef with a friend egg on top, a bit of sesame oil and hot sauce. It's such comfort food.
The way my mom makes it and the way I eat it, is to start the bowl with a fair amount of lettuce (romaine or the red lettuce stuff but not iceberg), matchstick carrots that are slightly boiled (parboiled I guess) in a mix of soy sauce, splenda and water, zucchini with garlic, spinach with garlic ( i like garlic), any other veggies you may have on hand, with or without some meat, a bit of sesame oil, a bit of hot sauce (korean go chu jang) and one fried egg. I know it has the word' fried' in it, but you just gotta try it with the egg on top. It's hard to have it without the egg. Then once your bowl is full, put in a small amount of brown rice whatever you feel comfortable with. This is non-traditional, but this way the rice becomes a side player instead of the main and everything still tastes really good while getting in lots of veggies.
The spring rolls are my version of the ever so yummy vietnamese spring rolls! I make my own peanut sauce (soy sauce, organic pure peanut butter, splenda, hot sauce and a bit of lime juice), and then just stuff the rice paper with any kind of veggies (usually at least matchstick carrots, cilantro, mint, lettuce). I skip the vermicelli that often goes in there, usually don't put meat either. Again, totally not traditional or authentic, but who cares, it's yummy, not very high in calories and gets your veggies in.
Korean kimbap is also happy, yummy and relatively healthy- same ingredients essentially as in the bibimbap (usually no zucchini or meat for me though) plus dak kwang (yellow pickled radish -you have to check carefully for ones without MSG), verrrry thin layer of brown rice (hard to get it thin enough sometimes) all rolled up and then sliced into 8-10 pieces. Often you may buy ones with fish cake in it, but I suspect it is not so healthy and I never buy it anyway.