AFF Korea – Banchan (Korean Side Dish), Seasoned Spinach

seasoned spinach

Here’s a simple, almost no fuss recipe for a banchan dish. While this is called ‘sesoned spinach’, I have found that you cant exactly use any sort of spinach especially since a lot of Asian vege are just labelled ‘spinach’ in English. To get as close to the original look of the dish, I think this ‘spinach’ is the best. It’s called ‘poh choy’ to some and while it does look like those Western spinach in terms of the leaves, the stalks are actually hollow.

AFF Korea – Kimchi Dumplings/ Mandu 김치 만두

kimchi pot stickers

Like I mentioned in my previous post, the objective of making all that kimchi was so I could cook up dishes like this! Kimchi dumplings or mandu as it’s called in Korea. I don’t know if calling it mandu means it needs to have a specific shape like rounded tortellinis as is the norm shape for mandus.

AFF Korea – Kimchi

kimchi

How can one not do kimchi for Korea month? Kimchi is like the heart and soul of Korean cuisines and although it’s mainly served as a side dish, kimchi is very versatile and can be converted to many other dishes. Households in Korea even have special fridges just to keep their kimchi because when there is no time to cook or nothing else available to eat at hand, they break out the kimchi and poof! You have kimchi ramen, kimchi jjigae, jeon or kimchi guk.

AFF Korea – Korean Fried Chicken (양념 치킨 yangnyeom chicken)

korean fried chicken

I thought I’d kick off AFF Korea month with this popular street snack. Fried chicken in a gochujang sauce. They’re like buffalo wings Korean style. Gochujang is a savory and pungent fermented Korean condiment made from red chili, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt.

Asian Food Fest #6 Korea Month

Do head over to see the previous AFF month; Indonesia.

Intro

I am glad to be hosting this month’s theme. Korean food originated from ancient nomadic cultures and traditions. The Korean cuisines of today have experienced interactions with various cultural and environmental progressions. Korean cuisine is largely based upon rice, vegetables, and meats. Ingredients and dishes vary by province.

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My 2013 Christmas Feast!!

roast pork belly

Christmas of 2012 was really depressing for me…I just had my second child and was sort of high in this emotional roller coaster and while everyone was having a good time and getting in the celebratory mood…I was stuck at home tending to my girl and having to put up with a rather clueless confinement lady. Things were a lot worse when I keep seeing friends post their delicious Christmas spread on Facebook. Although confinement food is not the worse thing in the world, it is rather tiring when you have a cook with little or no imagination vested in the cooking. After the first week, I had to coach her instead on how to prepare certain dishes.

AFF West Asia – Falafel

falafel

When I heard there is a Middle East theme as one of the AFF cook-alongs, I knew I had to make falafels. We had a bloggers gathering months back and we each decided to make something that would adhere to AFF themes. Of course I have never made falafels in my life and the drama I had to endure setting out to put it together was rather ridiculous. First, the chickpeas or garbanzo beans that I got the first time round did not work at all. Then I tried shaping the falafels using two spoons together and was so finicky I gave up half way.

Hot Chocolate – A Christmasy treat!

hot choc

While in this country, we will never have…natural white Christmas or that cold of winter, some days it does get chilly and your body just sort of craves for some comfort eating and drinking. This fact is more reiterated that it’s Christmas season. Now while you might think when I say hot chocolate….of the likes of Milo or Ovaltine (do they even make that anymore) and those Cadbury hot chocolate mixes, no…this is not those types. This is making it from scratch and you can add to it all sorts of fancy to it like spices, booze, whipped cream or even certain liqueurs.

AFF Thailand – Sankaya (Thai Pumpkin Coconut Custard)

pumpkin custard

While we know Thai food to have its punchy, bold flavours…I must admit I know little about its sweets and desserts. I’ve heard of the sticky rice and mango and the dessert with the red rubies but that’s about it. I just so happen to stumble upon this pumpkin custard dessert and thought it would be unique to try.

AFF Thailand – Gai Pad Krapow (Thai Basil Minced Chicken)

thai basil chicken

This dish has got to be the epitome of simple fast food. I really enjoyed the flavours of this said dish and wondered why I never experimented with Thai Basil before. The basil itself tastes sweet, peppery and has a bit of a bitter aftertaste but when I added lime to it, it balanced out everything.

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