OK, so I'm prepping for a food blog. In a fairly literal sense.
I have some cookie dough in the fridge, and am trying to figure out what to cook. So these are my plans for tomorrow. A cooking marathon :D
1) Cook something for breakfast. Any ideas for a fairly easy but tasty thing to cook. 30 minutes or under.
2) I'm going to get some Shin ramyun (hopefully they have it at the local asian supermarket, ranch 99. It's mostly chinese, but I assume they will. I looked for it last time when I got the chocopies, but I was looking for a noodle package, not necessarily the same sort of package that nissin or whatever comes in. I know that egg is necessary. kimchi is recommended, which leads me to ask, which type of kimchi should a kimchi noob get at a local store?
So I need shin, egg, some sort of kimchi, and what else? Some people add green onions. Any other things i should add?
3) Dinner... Trying to figure out what to make. Could be any type of food, so long as it's really good, and prep time isn't too terrible. Any recipes you'd look at. I'm already going to ranch99, and it's a long bike ride, so I might as well do something asian. Any suggestions. Any ethnicity is fine, although korean would be best, I guess (maybe? :D) Any suggestions for recipes that I should do? Spicy = good :D
Preferably something where the ingredients don't cost a fortune. (was at asian supermarket and saw something (maybe birdsnest?) that was like eighty dollars for a small package. >.>
4) Then I'm making those cookies my friend gave me the recipe for. They are deep fried, with ginger. Anyways, I've made the dough and its quite good tasting, although I imagine it'll be much better cooked :D
I'll post pictures, so fear not. The food blog will be delivered tomorrow. (If I can figure out what to cook that is)'
Oh, and the ever tasty Chocopie will be unwrapped ;D
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ghrur United States. July 18 2011 15:41. Posts 2711
I'm not entirely sure what kind of kimchi is good because my mom makes it but here's a lifesaving tip: When you buy kimchi, get it from the back. Shove aside the week old jars of kimchi to get the fresh stuff in the back. Just trust me on this.
Now, in your little jar of kimchi, there will be water on the bottom. If there isn't you bought some shitty kimchi. This is called kimchi juice and it's the magic juice that will make your ramyun taste 9001x better. A general rule of thumb is, the more you poor in your ramyun, the better your ramyun will taste. Just poor it in at the same time you put your noodles in.
When cooking your ramyun, throw your onions and soybeans in first, and then your soup powder in a bit after. Make sure the water is at a full boil before throwing the rest of your stuff in, save the egg. Now grab a fork or some chopsticks if you're gosu and kinda mix the noodles until it's a noodle and not a block. Lift the whole thing up and let it cool for like 10 seconds and then throw it back in. Repeat this and taste the noodles to check if they're done. I like to have them a little bit undercooked because they're crunchy-ish. Throw your egg in there, close the lid, and wait about 10 seconds. It won't be fully cooked when you get it out, but you are a man and you are eating your ramyun out of the pot. The heat in the pot will cook your egg by the time you're ready to eat it. Grab a textbook, a dictionary, whatever to put your pot on and eat your ramyun with your kimchi. If you're like me you're going to eat the noodles and vegetables first and have a bunch of liquid left over. Get some rice and throw it in there, and eat the ramyun with a spoon.
I haven't cooked a ramyun in months because I'm trying to stay healthy but I think this is about right
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krndandaman Mozambique. July 18 2011 16:11. Posts 4449
On July 18 2011 16:11 krndandaman wrote: my perfect instant ramyun consists of: -EGGG!!! -least amount of water possible for maximum spiciness/taste -DDUK!떡 basically rice cakes -optional green onion thats all i need to be super satisfied
it basically looks like this:
Oh god ... now I need ramen ... guess I'll make it to time it with the GSL finals lol
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Spica United States. July 18 2011 17:20. Posts 5581
I see the word "food" in the blog section, and immediately click because I am hungry right now. Liking food-related blogs helped too with grabbing my attention.
The people who posted above me speak the truth, except you can cook ramen pretty much the way you usually cook it. Stirring the noodles a lot IS mandatory though to make sure that the noodles won't stick together in their block form and make them more evenly coated with the soup or whatever, just stir them noodles and take these words to heart. The more you stir, the better your noodles will taste.
1) I am lazy as fuck in the morning and usually just stumble around, so I can't say much here since I cba to prepare anything other than cereal or toast or on my laziest mornings, just grab an energy bar. Once in a blue moon though, I suck it up and make omelettes. Tasty and simple, they can be whipped up in about 5 minutes! You'd probably want to make something a bit more challenging though. But the great thing about omelettes is that you can add pretty much anything you like to them. I personally like throwing in diced red bell peppers in mine.
2) Shin Ramen. Every Most fellow Koreans shake their head in disgust at me when I say I don't like it because I think it's too spicy and call me a wimp. I can handle most spicy foods just fine, but for some reason I just can't handle that only that brand of popular Korean ramen.
ANYWAY, aside from me ranting about Shin Ramen, Ranch 99, eh? I haven't been there in an eternity... And by eternity, I mean ever since I was a little kid since I moved away from a local one long time ago. D: I'm pretty sure they'll have Shin Ramen, but if they don't, get Samyung Ramen if you can, my personal favorite brand of Korean ramen. It's milder than Shin Ramen, but still spicy nonetheless. It has a different kind of spiciness than Shin Ramen imo. You feel Shin ramen's spiciness burn your mouth immediately and get a sort of rush from it, but with Samyung ramen, it's a more "savory" kind of spiciness. You'll get it if you try it. If you like it really spicy though, then feel free to skip out on my recommendation. Just had some yesterday, it was so gooood and guilty inducing.
I expect an angry Korean to come in here and call me out for hatin' on Shin Ramen. WUTEVA to them.
Adding stuff to your ramen is of course optional, but I think that adding egg is a must and everything else is to your preference. Chopped green onions are indeed a nice addition, and eating kimchi with ramen is delicious. And remember, yes the less water you add to your ramen will make the soup spicier, but also saltier and unhealthier. I doubt you're on a diet though, since ramen's sodium content will kill small rodents if they consume the soup, lol.
For kimchi "noobs", there is one kimchi brand I swear on my life by. It's called Matnani kimchi/맛나니 김치 (or was it Manna kimchi? Might be 맛나 김치 too), but for some strange reason I can't find any images of it... I'm not sure if Ranch 99 carries it though, but I know that most Korean stores have it. On the West Coast that is. But since Ranch 99 stores are pretty much only in the West Coast iirc, you might be able to find it. If not, I don't know what other brand you should get since it's pretty much the only kimchi brand my family eats. It's the king of all kimchi brands though, and all other brands are inferior to it. Not to say that you shouldn't eat other brands, there are some other pretty good brands as well. But none match Matnani's superior flavorful taste.
Matnani kimchi's pretty pricey though, and there might be only large jars in stock if Ranch 99 does carry it. If you want a lotta kimchi to last you for maybe over a month or two, go for the big jars. Otherwise, get the smaller jars.
3) Something simple and spicy? Sounds like dukbokki/떡볶이 fits the bill! It's super cheap and super easy to make, should take around 10 minutes and all the main ingredients you need should cost under $10, or over by a little bit. It shouldn't cost more than $20. I found what looks like a pretty accurate recipe here, and if the ingredient list on other recipes looks too long, they're doing it wrong. With dukbokki, you wanna keep it simple.
All the vegetables, eggs, and fish cake on that ingredient list are optional. The mandatory ingredients are duk/떡 (tube-shaped white rice cakes, comes in a package wrapped with plastic wrap) of course, sesame seeds, and one of mankind's greatest creations, gochujjang/고추장. Its spicy yet sweet flavor is addicting; you'll want to eat with nearly everything, except it can't go well with everything, unfortunately haha. Adding a bit of sesame oil is great as well, but sesame oil is ridiculously expensive so if you want to go the extra mile, buy it. It makes everything infinitely better. Bear in mind that recipe I linked makes 6-8 servings, so you'll most likely want to add less water and maybe a bit less sugar too. Put plenty of gochujjang in it, it never hurts to have too much gochujjang. I recommend making dukbokki in a large saute pan though; it takes a bit longer to cook in a pot. Use a small pot if you insist on using one; big pots take forever to cook in unless you wanna cook for more than just yourself.
Now, with that leftover gochujjang, sesame seeds, and maybe sesame oil as well, what the heck do you do with them? Make bibimbap/비빔밥 of course! Here's a recipe for it. Once again, the vegetables and meat are optional. Although adding meat should be mandatory. You can add whatever you like to it, but the main ingredients are rice, soy sauce, gochujjang, sesame seeds, and sesame/vegetable oil. (Sesame oil is so superior to vegetable oil in terms of flavor though.) Add a ton of gochujjang to that thing, and I don't recommend leaving the meat raw like in the recipe unless that's your sort of thing. Beef goes the most well with bibimbap, but pork and chicken work too. And yes, you'll have to cook the meat separately and add it to the rice. Be sure to mix all the sauce, sesame seeds, and rice together well for an explosion of flavor!
And finally, another simple spicy Korean dish I can think of at the top of my head is bulgogi/불고기. Here's the recipe for it. Now I believe the beef broth they call for in that recipe is optional, but the tofu and vegetables you can definitely skip out on. The honey and pears are optional as well. Actually, I never heard of adding pears to bulgogi... Anyway, you can replace the beef with pork too; I personally like pork bulgogi more than beef. You can adjust the amount of meat you'll be eating from that recipe I linked; just throw down as much meat as you want to eat on your pan, add oil and sauce, and you're done. Also, add gochujjang while cooking it. Add gochujjang to everything.
4) Them cookies sound sinful. Deep fried cookies too, oh god. I don't like Chocopies as well; too sweet and rich for me. D|
Well, since this reply is pretty epic tl;dr already, I'll stop here. And yes I can write pretty long-winded posts, what can I say, I love food. I look forward to seeing food pics, and do tell if any of the above dishes I recommended were successful if you try them out!
Last edit: 2011-07-18 17:37:00
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Froadac United States. July 19 2011 02:17. Posts 5663
Haha. Woke up late, and we don't have (enough) eggs. tt
Breakfast is scrapped.
Chocopies were on sale, so I got em. Super cheap. Never have tried em >.>
Cookie things are basically my cooking illiterate friend saying "blahblahblah I like these they are tasty but I can't make them make me some to pay back a favor plz"
I've already done bibimbap, and I did bulgogi but it turned out poorly. It's my parents telling me that the meat in the freezer should be fine. Then I find out its london broil. It turned out tasty, but texture wise was terrible.
I'm not on a diet. I'm actually on a high sodium diet due to a heart problem I have. I need to raise my blood pressure >.>
I have sesame oil. Parents go out and buy it occasionally, and we happen to have it now.
Now to find all this stuff. I have only gone sohpping in the market once before, and the korean sutff is really spread out. SO I don't know the layout, or what a lot of this stuff really looks like. Time to exercise hangul probably >.>
After I finish eating my stupid american breakfast, I'll head over. .tt
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Froadac United States. July 19 2011 03:01. Posts 5663
The Build: -Put frying pan on MAX, let heat up -Put bread in toaster -Once pan is hot, put bacon on and turn down to ~7.5 -Cook bacon for a bit and then flip it -Whenever the first two pieces of toast are done, put in the other two -Cook bacon for a bit more, while it is cooking put Mayo on the bread and cut some cheese slices -When bacon is done put it on some papertowel on a plate, and drain the fat from the pan -Turn down heat to ~6 -Crack both eggs and put them in, break the yokes with a fork or whatever, put pepper on eggs -Once the eggs look like they can be flipped do so (if you fuck it up, it doesn't matter) -Put mayo on the remaining pieces of bread -Once the eggs are done, remove the pan from heat
The Masterpiece: -Put the bacon on the side with the Mayo, put the cheese on the other side and the egg on top -Put the two halfs together, and cut diagonally -GG
Notes: -Goes well with Mustard as well -Almost impossible to fuck up, seriously! Unless you really burn the eggs or the bacon (very difficult) it will taste good no matter what
Because time is precious, fuck prep work. First thing you do is heat up the pan, work fast and get everything together- if done properly it should take very little time. Also, if you need extra sodium feel free to salt and pepper the eggs (usually I find the bacon does the job well enough).
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Froadac United States. July 20 2011 04:33. Posts 5663
1/2 onion, chopped 1/2 any colour bell pepper, chopped 6 baby bella mushrooms, chopped 1/2 spicy sausage cheese, I prefer fresh moz
1. olive oil, saute onions and mushrooms, add salt to taste after brown 2. break sausage skin, break sausage by hand into bite size pieces, add into pan 3. add bell pepper 4. add ground black pepper and crushed chili pepper to taste 4.5 while everything is happening, beat two eggs with milk and tabasco sauce 5. add egg 6. add cheese on top
Takes about 15 minutes, if you want really good omelette, heat oven, and shove the pan into the oven after you top the cheese and fold the eggs
extra thick bacon strips eggs
1. cook bacon strips 2. cook eggs in bacon grease
Also, when frying eggs, make sure you pan is hot before adding oil, and make sure the oil is hot before adding the eggs. Use a small nonstick pan, and flip the eggs using the pan and not a spatula.
Search the shin noodles thread for recipes.
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Froadac United States. July 20 2011 06:11. Posts 5663