This week has been chock-full of experiments with fun and unusual ingredients!
First, I'll talk about the dismal failure. There must be at least one after all.
Here in Korea, I am one of the unusual Americans because I cook. Most of my fellow English Teacher friends eat out for every meal simply because it's cheap. Naturally, I join them occasionally, but I do try to cook more often than not. Anyway, there is this little kimbap place near my work that is open 24/7 and I go there about once a week to eat japchae (which is this totally awesome noodle dish), when you eat that they give you three little banchan (side dishes) to go with it. Usually it's kimchi, daikon pickles, and odeng (fish cakes) but occasionally you get mung beans, fried seaweed stem, or garlic scapes. Let me tell you, those garlic scapes are phenomenally good. I love them. So I decided to make them.
Well...when I have them at the place they taste kind of like green beans only crisper. So I thought "let's make them like my mom makes green beans" throw in some bacon and fry it up and voila. Well, while palatable, its not that good. Why? Garlic scapes are WAY MORE flavorful than green beans. WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY more flavorful. I popped a raw piece of one in my mouth unsuspectingly and chomped down on it. WOW. That will clean out your sinuses in a heartbeat.
Anyway, the dish, as I said, is palatable, but I most certainly will not be making it this way again. I will avoid experimentation for a while until I know more about this curious vegetable. Next time I will try simmering it in order to reduce some of its...flavorfulness... before adding in some other yummy things.
Number two: Miyok Julgi Bokkeum (say that three times fast :D)
or Fried seaweed stems.
I tried making this last week but soaked the stems too long and got rid of all their saltiness, which is half of the pleasure of eating them.
I have pictures for you!!!
Here is the soaking seaweed
Here is me playing with it
And here is the final product in my lunch box today.
So the first time I made it, it wasn't that good, hopefully this time around it will be delicious. It's still something that I have to eat in small quantities. I like it, but I can't eat a lot of it....Kind of like...cheesecake. Only, completely different.
Potato Jorim-which as near as I can translate it means: glazed potatoes....maybe?
I dunno, you cut up the potatoes and boil them and then add in soy sauce and corn syrup along with sesame seeds (basically) and then boil away. They are tasty!! I'm reserving judgment a little bit longer until I have had more, sometimes the first bite is great, and the second bite is good and the third bite is meh, so reserving judgment is a must.
My final experiment was with cookies. I took the normal nestle toll house chocolate chip cookie recipe and made it with 'oat flour', protein powder, and fiber powder and olive oil instead. They are a bit moister than I thought they would be, but tastes pretty good. Of course, I don't have an oven, so I haven't figured out how to bake this cookie dough yet....but then again, is that so tragic? Cookie dough by itself is awesome.