It’s been a while…

So, it’s been over 2 years since my last post.

A food blog is supposed to be about food. Although, I may sneak in a few things about art here and there. Mi dispiace.

Let’s catch up!

2012: I enjoyed really good beer at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD (great tours, book in advance, complimentary tasting glass, and yummy sandwich place 5 blocks away); ate some green eggs and ham (JUST KIDDING); tasted juicy burgers and great iced tea in cute mason jars in NC; discovered I can make some CRAZY good guac; got my braces removed and paid FDB another visit; had EXCELLENT AUTHENTIC DELICIOUS Korean food in Seoul and Jejudo; and so much more.

2012 food

2013: I finally made it to Birch & Barley, and soon after discovered that Churchkey would be my go-to bar; scarfed down the best HOMEMADE poptarts EVER at Ted’s Bulletin alongside ADULT milkshakes; tried gin and homemade tonic at New Heights; discovered baby mason jars; indulged in a limitless tapas brunch at Cuba Libre with my bff; quickly learned that donuts and fried chicken were meant to be made in the same place and devoured at the same time; HAD THE BEST FRESH OYSTERS EVER IN OBX; roasted 2 whole chickens Ina Garten style; among many other highlights.

2013 food

And so far this year? I have some Korean food planned for tonight. There’s cucumber kimchi marinating in the fridge along with chopped zucchini, potatoes and carrots for jjigae and pajun. Mmm, I’ll have to make some rice. So glad it’s a snow day. 🙂

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Cucumber Kimchi

aka Oi (cucumber) Kimchi. This is an easy and straightforward kimchi recipe. In case you’re unaware, kimchi is a Korean staple that goes with EVERY DISH. The most popular version of kimchi is spicy fermented cabbage. There are dozens of variations as you can pickle any vegetable and spice it up with gochujang (red pepper paste) and gochugaru (red pepper flakes).

I didn’t want to mess this up, so I looked up a recipe on the blog below. It’s a great go-to blog for Korean recipes! I highly recommend it if you want to try some Korean dishes. 🙂

Eating & Living blog (<– click the link to get connected)

So, start off with some cucumbers. I used 4 short local farm cucumbers (from Whole Foods). Sprinkle with a good amount of salt and leave in a bowl for 20-30 minutes. I think I left mine alone for about 25 minutes.

Her recipe calls for Sesame Oil, Rice Vinegar, Green Onions (scallions), red pepper flakes, minced garlic, ground up sesame seeds, and a little sugar.

Dump all those ingredients in and mix with the cucumbers.

I tried not to bruise the cucumbers, but they’re sliced fairly thin, so be careful!

Above are zucchini egg omelet and brown rice to go with my yummy cucumber kimchi. Because the kimchi marinates in the spicyness, it gets better with each passing day. But be wary, as it is fresh and you do not want to leave it in the fridge for too long.

Thanks, Eating & Living blog for a good kimchi recipe 🙂

우리집 :: Our Home

우리집 :: Woorijip

Location: 12 W 32nd St (between 5th Ave & Broadway) New York, NY 10001

Tofu, Mook, more Tofu, Fried Rice, Broiled Egg, Kimchi Fried Rice, all for $12-$13 including a cold cucumber soup.

I go here at least twice a week. The food is SO cheap and SO good. It’s a great deal AND you can get a card where it’s stamped for every $5 you purchase. It all leads up to a free meal. I love it.

I could never get this much Korean food in DC!! NEVER!

Snowed-in 4 (ok, I lied)

Good Ol’ Homecooking

My family has called me several times for the past few days. My dad wants to make sure I don’t go out to slip and fall, my mom and sisters want to make sure I have enough to eat, and even my grandmother who’s sick with a cold at home in Korea wondered about my well-being after watching the snowstorm hitting DC on her TV. Good grief. So, I dedicate this entry to my dearest and loveliest family. ❤ (thank you)

So, just trying to keep up my regular schedule by waking up early in the morning. I gathered 2 large eggs, 2% lactose-free milk, thinly sliced deli ham, sharp cheddar, and unsalted butter. And VOILÁ, converted everything into a really good omelet. I should have cooked the ham first and then add the egg/milk mixture, but did it the other way around. It still came out good. Oh! Also, I added chopped spring onions. I didn’t add any salt because of the ham and cheese. I did add some freshly ground pepper though. Sliced bananas and blueberry wheat waffle with syrup completed the plate. The mug is full of warm milk and english breakfast tea (no sugar/honey). Usually, I mess up on omelets, but this time it came out really good!

Dinner: 김치 볶음밥 (kimchi bokkeumbap)

Every time I try to make kimchi bokkeumbap (fried rice) it doesn’t turn out that great. This time I took caution in my recipe and the process of cooking it.

First I prepped the beef:

  • oyster sauce
  • salt (~ tsp)
  • ground ginger powder
  • minced garlic
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • sliced beef (any kind will do)

I let the beef marinade for a few hours and I set the rice in the cooker. After the marinade, I chopped up more spring onions (scallions) and kimchi. Sesame oil in the pan and added the chopped kimchi and marinated beef. Set some of the sticky rice in a glass bowl to cool a little. After the beef was mostly cooked, I added and folded in the sticky rice, making sure everything was mixed. I admit I ended up adding a little more kimchi and a dash more of sesame oil. I also sprinkled a little rice vinegar in.

Kimchi bokkeumbap, mandoo (fried dumplings), and tofu with Romaine hearts.

Everything was really simple, but still delicious.

Annandale

Favorite place in Annandale to get some good Soondooboo jjigae (spicy soft tofu stew/soup): Lighthouse Tofu.

My bad. I can’t remember the names of the side dishes. These were just 2 of many. The first is bean sprouts mixed with carrots and scallions and sauce. The second is a light kimchi (fermented cabbage) dish. It’s been watered down into a cool very light and a little spicy side dish. The following are the main dishes we ate. The first is a Mushroom Tofu Stew. The second is a Seafood Tofu Stew. The third is a calamari/squid and noodles spicy dish.

Click on the thumbnails for full size images!

Annandale is only 20 minutes or less from DC. The best Korean food in the MD/DC/VA area is in Annandale. I’ve been trying to convince classmates/colleagues/coworkers to join me! I give Lighthouse 4 stars. Yum! Hope you can join me the next time I go to Annandale!