I haven’t had any Korean food this Corona lockdown period, so naturally it calls for a home made affair to satisfy the cravings. Since there’s no easy way to install an exhaust fan in the dining room to simulate that Korean BBQ experience, I thought kimchi jiggae (kimchi soup) should make a decent replacement, which it did!
So without further ado, here’s my homemade kimchi soup recipe, if you decide to DIY at home too.
- 1000 ml soup stock – i used leftover pork bone soup
- 3-4 bulb garlic
- 1 inch ginger, sliced
- 2-300 gram pork belly
- 1-2 tube Japanese tofu
- 2 eggs
- 3-4 tablespoon Gochujang (Korean red chili paste)
- 200 gram kimchi
- spring onion & cilantro
- heat up soup stock and add garlic and ginger
- add pork and boil till pork is soft on low heat (depends on thickness, 20-40 mins)
- add gochujang & kimchi, boil for another 10 mins
- add spring onion, egg & tofu for the last 3 mins
- serve with cilantro on top
Simple, wholesome, and great for rainy day, you can have this soup as is or with a bowl of steamed rice.
Check out more simple recipe here.
This is my version of bacon French toast, one that led me to buy a loaf of bread after not having any for more than two months since the start of MCO (movement controlled operation) thanks to Covid-19 pandemic (this description may come helpful years later).
There are many French toasts recipes, this one is mine.
- 2 pieces of bread
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoon of butter
- 2-3 pieces of bacon
- 1 piece of cheese
- put the egg in a bowl, beat & mix with butter
- pan fry bacon
- when you have enough oil released from bacon, fry bread after dipping in egg+butter
- place bacon on bread once crispy
- place cheese at the end
- eat while hot! Green bits are optional
Pork chop has always one of my simple guilty pleasures, a slab of loin with a layer of fat can deliver a rather satisfying meal perhaps second only to steak in its simplicity and taste, but at 1/5 the cost (if you count only the cost of meat).
The tricky part about pork though is that if you don’t get it “just right”, it’s easy to have an overcooked piece of dry meat that takes 1/2 hour just to chew, or worse, under cooked and be friends with your toilet for the next day or two. Beef is a lot more forgiving in that regards.
Sous vide to the rescue then! Ever since I bought myself a little sous vide stick (the cheapest version of Anova), I’ve been using it for pork chop exploit quite a few times, I want to share with you my recipe today.
- 250 gram pork chop, preferably with a layer of fat
- 2 tablespoon of fermented tofu for marinate
- asparagus + garlic (or any side dish you wish to have)
- 2 tablespoon butter/cooking oil
- marinate pork chop with fermented tofu (preferably overnight), seal in vacuum bag
- sous vide pork chop at 60 Celsius for 2 hours
- remove from water bath, heat up frying pan till smoking hot, pan sear for 1 minute each side, remove and let rest for 4-5 minutes
- fry asparagus with butter & garlic while pork is resting, serve as side
If you want someone else to be doing the job, I think ANTE probably has the best pork chop in town.
One of my favorite canned food is the stewed canned pork. It is basically savory heaven contained within a can that can be unleashed upon in the kitchen at your convenience throughout the clock. If I had to build a nuclear bunker, this will definitely be one of the stocked up item for me.
Today, I’m going to share with you one of the easiest ways to make use of this godsend ingredient – by making canned stew pork with potato dish that goes very well with steamed rice.
cooking potato with canned pork
- one canned stew pork (big)
- 3 potatoes, cut in 1/2 cm thick slices
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, smashed
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon dark soya sauce (optional)
potato with stewed pork
- boil the potato until soft
- heat up cooking oil and fry garlic until fragrant
- add canned pork, add potato
- add dark soya sauce (optional)
- mix well and serve while hot
This dish can be prepared in less than 20 minutes, super simple and positively delicious. Give it a try if you like some of those homey cholesterol laden taste.
One of the many wonderful dishes that mom makes when we were a kid involves fatty pork and meehun, and whenever she cooked them, we would finish it in record time. The succulent and overly savory pork with those soft vermicelli never disappoint, and I’m glad to say that I finally manage to do it at our own kitchen.
I present to you – fried meehun with canned stew pork, the sin food.
ingredients – meehun, vege, garlic, canned pork, chili padi
The ingredients are plenty simple and should be available from just about anywhere in the world with an Asian/Chinese grocery store.
- canned stew pork
- choi sam (or any leafy vegetable)
- half a clove of garlic
- chili padi if you like it spicy
- mushroom (optional)
- 2 tablespoon cooking oil
- soya sauce to taste
- dark soya sauce (1 teaspoon)
fry the greens first, then the pork
- soak meehun in water for 30 minutes (or until soft)
- heat up the cooking oil and fry garlic until fragrant
- add vegetables (always add the stems first as they take longer to cook) and cook for a couple minutes
- add canned pork and stir for a minute
- add meehun, chili padi, soya sauce, and dark soya sauce
- stir, and close the lid of frying pan for a minute to steam and avoid losing too much moisture
- serve while hot!
add some soya sauce & dark soya sauce, then steam it a bit
The recipe is fairly simple and you really can’t go wrong. A big can of stew pork is probably good enough for four portions of meehun, do use appropriately sized frying pan for this job. We cooked for only 2 of us so the amount of pork we ended up consuming was a bit too insane.
fried mihun with canned stew pork, mom’s recipe
Happy cooking, and feel free to check out other recipes on this space too.