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What's for dinner: Korean stone pot meals

Monday, April 28, 2008

Korean food is my favorite comfort food. Luckily it's pretty healthy!
I moved this weekend, and my Korean stone pots have come out of hibernation. I'm excited to put them to use tonight.
I heat them on the stove (being careful not to touch them without using a pot holder) and heat them until sizzling. I add tofu, kimchi, various vegetables and a bit of cooked brown rice. When everything is almost ready, I add an egg and some hot pepper paste. Bibimbap (mixed rice) is ready! The stuff on the bottom gets crusty and caramelized... oh, it's so delicious.
Kimchi, if you haven't heard of it, is a staple in Korean cuisine. It's spicy pickled cabbage. The flavor is really complex and addictive. Napa cabbage is rubbed with ginger, garlic, onion, carrot, and hot pepper paste, then allowed to ferment for a few weeks. It's like a spicy sauerkraut. It's really good for you -- full of fiber and vitamins. Plus, because it is fermented, kimchi contains probiotics, which means it's very good for your gastrointestinal tract.
Mmm. It's an acquired taste, I'll admit, but there's always a five-pounds jar of kimchi in my fridge!
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    Kimchi can be hard to find, but it's easy to make. I'll post a recipe soon! Ooh, you could even make a Spanish version, with some smoky paprika in addition to the chili powder/paste.
    3703 days ago
    This looks sooo awesome! I´ve only had Korean food once in my life, in Los Angeles in the basement of a shopping center where there were about 10 Korean fast food stands set up. That was really cool. Except my husband got a whole raw egg on the side of the plate and we didn´t know you are supposed to crack it into the steaming hot bowl until it was too late. Live and learn!

    I´d love some kim chi. It´s IMPOSSBLE to find here in Spain, but i´ve heard it´s pretty easy to make!
    3707 days ago
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