Monday, March 29, 2010

Spam Kimbap

On lazy weekends, once in a blue moon I’m crazy enough to make kimbap.  It’s literally an all day event!

Once I get started, I sit there and make kimbap all morning and sometimes all afternoon!

And about halfway through the rice, I ended up running out of ingredients for gogi kimbap. So I dug through my pantry and found this can of SPAM.

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Cut and fry the spam...

Get some good old American cheese...

I already had eggs from the gogi kimbap.

Put your rice about 3/4 of the way on the sheet.  I usually just season my rice with splashes of sesame oil and sesame seeds.  You can add sushi vinegar if you’re going to eat it *RIGHT AWAY* but I find that adding vinegar makes the kimbap smelling stale after a few hours.  My husband likes to eat it all day long, so I usually skip the vinegar.

Add the three ingredients.

Roll up tightly.

Cut and serve! Honestly, although I love spam the gogi kimbaps blew the spam kimbap outta the water. =P Munchkin refused to eat the spam kimbap and made sure to ask for "gogi kimbap only please." =P At least the MR had something to snack on at midnight! hehe.

Four hours of hard work later! The MR had already taken a container with him in the morning. =P Can you believe almost all that kimbap is GONE now? I live with two men that truly know how to eat! Happy Monday, folks!!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spicy Crab Soup - (꽃게탕)

I made this over the weekend, but I've been lazy to put it up. Like always, there are a variety of ways to make this dish, but I tend to cheat and buy the marinated crab at the K-markets.  Why?  Because it's already fully seasoned and all CLEAN and cut - bottom line, it saves me a lot of time.

I would say this is roughly about 1 lb. of spicy crab. When the K-market has fresh ggot-gae (crab) in the future, I'll buy it and show you how to make this at home as well. I don't like the frozen ones...

I had already washed and cleaned my veggies the prior night. This about 1/4 onion, 2 small red peppers, 1 green pepper, and 1/2 cup of sliced up daikon radish (moo).

In a pot, add about 3/4 TB minced garlic, 1/2 TB red pepper powder, 3/4 TB sesame oil and 2 TB gook ganjang.

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First throw in the moo and saute it a bit.

Then add 3 cups of water and bring it to a boil.

Add about 1/2 TB of dwenjang and 1 TB of gochu-jang to the boiling water....

Then throw in all the crabs and bring to a boil again.

Throw in the onions, green onions, and dae-pa (large green onions).

Throw in the green and red peppers...

Let everything continue to boil for a bit...

Throw in some tofu! At this point you can add squash, mushrooms, kongnamool, soot-gat or any other vegetable you want to add. I didn't have any of those (time to go the market again!) so I made mine simple.

Continue to boil for just a little bit longer and you're ready to serve! Enjoy with a nice hot bowl of rice.

As always, if there are any questions regarding ingredients and sure to check out my Korean Cooking 101 section!


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