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Food & How To: Omurice (오므라이스)

Among the many dishes in Korea, t’is one of those that intrigued us especially since it was the favorite meal in the 2012 Korean drama ‘Rooftop Prince’.

Still, without even trying to look at the preparation but merely seeing the ‘finished product’, obviously it’s an omelette; and so we now understand the name, Omeu-raiseu or ‘omelette rice’. Yep, it’s got a lot of stuff inside that yellow covering, err, ‘scrambled’ egg..

Wanna see how it’s done? Check this out.

Okay, there may be many ingredients but it’s actually very simple — or easy to make, so don’t sweat it. Speaking of ingredients, realize also that they are not cut in stone but replaceable especially the sausages where you could use just about any other meat instead. What’s important is the ‘slicing’ and the mixing of ’em all since you would be wrapping them up afterwards.

The Ingredients

Anyway, since we have seen the ‘Rooftop Prince’, we can not help but compare Maangchi’s Omurice to the drama version; like did you notice how they were actually turned into an omelette?? Maangchi first formed the cooked ingredients into the bowl before setting it aside and cooking a thin omelette — which she would then use to wrap the ingredients with.

Meanwhile, the ‘Rooftop Prince’ version had the cooked ingredients poured onto the omelette while it was being formed and fried. After a little heat, the omelette was shaped from the pan and served.

Hmm… Guess the drama version is more appealing, eh?! More so, it looks ‘neat’ to eat, too. Then, just let Maangchi’s ‘secret ingredient’ do its thing and sway your palate. Hehe. Don’t forget your ketchup!

Enjoy!

Food & How To: Emergency Kimchi (yangbaechu-kimchi: 양배추김치)

Was pleasantly surprised when we found out that there’s in fact this Kimchi version called ’emergency kimchi’. Really? You know, all along we thought that Kimchi was just the traditional one, or if ever there’s a variation to it — it’s not like ’emergency’. Whoa??

Anyway, that’s our food feature for the day, ‘Emergency Kimchi’!

Hmm… Cabbage, ‘hot pepper flakes’, fish sauce, green onion, garlic, salt and carrot. The ingredients are pretty much the same (and quite common, wherever, even the sesame seeds) actually except for the cabbage where the traditional kimchi uses the ‘napa cabbage’ instead of the regular one.

Some of the Ingredients

Well, perhaps one reason that made this an ’emergency’ kimchi is that Maangchi brought her own ‘hot pepper flakes’ —  assuming that it maybe hard to find in an unfamiliar place or country. So.

Also, as we all know, ‘freshness’ is always important in food. Whatever it maybe.

In storing, be sure to make it air tight

Just take note, for recipes that require mixing fresh, uncooked ingredients — those powder, sauces and all would be harder to ‘stick and sink’, so make sure you use a bigger bowl where you could mix them better; otherwise, don’t just mix it batch by batch but do a ‘remix’. Sounds like music. Hehe.

Till next time.. Ciao!

The Preferred Margarine IS…

There was a time when there was only one margarine in the country, well, as far as I know and could remember at least. And guess what brand it was?

Star Margarine.

Well, of course, we’re not really trying to promote the brand but how could you really talk of something when you can’t even mention the name? After all, we didn’t say it’s the preferred brand, right? Obviously, there’s just a handful of choices to pick from now. So..

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As Wiki also says, “Margarine can be used for spreading, baking and cooking. And like butter, it consists of a water-in-fat emulsion, with tiny droplets of water dispersed uniformly throughout a fat phase in a stable crystalline form. In some jurisdictions margarine must have a minimum fat content of 80% to be labelled as such, the same as butter.”

But what about nutrition? In ‘foods’ like this, it’s all about the saturated fat and trans fat content. The lower they are, the better. Mind you though, traditional margarine accounts for around 80% fat, so be careful. Read the label. And go slow.

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Okay not only because of increased competition but also due to practicality, some brands have gone into packing in sachets. Hehe guess it really ain’t that practical, huh? But come to think of it, this kinda packing could be healthier especially if the brand got a higher fat content.

In the end, we buy food even spreads for that matter — for taste! With price and health (surprisingly overlooked) a close second and third. Ahh, really?? So what’s the preferred choice? The finalists are in the middle of the photo..

And it’s brand name has the clue.

Food & How To: Spicy Rice Cake (Korean Ddeokbokki: 떡볶이)

If you have been watching Korean dramas, our featured food for the the day is one of the most mentioned delicacies you would hear; and that’s the Ddeokbokki, or the Spicy Rice Cake.

The Ingredients
The Ingredients

The Ingredients: 1 pound of cylinder shaped rice cake, water, 7 dried anchovies, 6 x 8 dried kelp, 1/3 cup hot pepper paste, 1 tbsp sugar, 3 green onions.. Optional: 2 hard boiled eggs and 1/2 pound fish cakes.

So now, let’s see how it’s done..

Know what, if you’re not familiar with Korean food, you might wonder why is this dish like soaked in ‘liquid’? Isn’t it rice, and a cake at that?! Incidentally, doesn’t this rice cake look like the street food ‘squid ball’ in the Philippines? At least the shape is street-food like.

Ddeokbokki with egg
Ddeokbokki with egg

Anyway, while the dish is called a ‘spicy rice cake’, it’s not really a key ingredient to Ddeokbokki’s flavor — but the dried anchovies. And so, as Maangchi says, try not to forget this particular ingredient; if you do, it wouldn’t be the ‘spicy rice cake’ many came to love.

Anchovy and Kelp
Anchovy and Kelp

As for issue of finding the other Korean ingredients, well, don’t you worry — specialty stores has been sprouting like mushroom, not to mention that they could already be found in leading supermarkets in the country, and yes, across the globe as well.

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Finally, while spicy food has been a staple in many Asian countries, it has been gaining more ground the world over. Hey, after all it’s the Korean Wave! So, try this and enjoy!

Consumer Live: How To Make Kani Maki (Japanese)

Most of us must have already heard of sushi, and have most likely eaten or tasted ’em, too. Yet more than for its health benefits or delicious taste, weren’t you ever curious of how it’s prepared?

Well, we now bring you Kani Maki or the ‘crab stick sushi roll’..

Hmm… Meticulous. Painstaking. No wonder its flavorful! Hey, even food making by the Japanese is like an art that many people around the world are trying to emulate!
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By the way, the ingredients for Kani Maki are the nori (Japanese edible seaweed), crab stick, cucumber and Japanese rice — which incidentally costs P120 a kilo. Wow! Well, it’s sticky and tastier, of course.

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On the other hand, the California Maki which is the roll you see on the right of the photo is made up of: the nori, crab stick, mango and Japanese rice that is rolled from the outside. And it’s P220 per pack, that’s 2 rolls.

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T’is actually P30 more expensive than the Kani Maki, and obviously, because mangoes are more sought after than cucumbers. Right.

Time to try this.. Again. Enjoy!

Food & How To: Gamjajeon (Korean)

Gamjajeon is a Korean dish that’s otherwise known as the potato pancake. Oh, must be real starchy, eh?

Well, better see how it’s done — then taste — before judging. Hehe.

Wow, if there’s more to potatoes than fries then it must be cool!

Anyway, potatoes and grated onion would obviously be too watery; and so, starch is needed. Hmm… Kinda reminds me of the Filipino dish, ‘torta’. You know, the recipe of ‘diced’ potatoes, beaten eggs, some ground pork if you wish, but definitely with cornstarch.

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Main ingredients being mixed

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Still, what’s interesting here is the sauce. Like for one, why use ‘soy sauce’?? It’s potatoes — and fried! Like French fries!? Which, as we know, uses ketchup for dipping! So?

Trying it out would answer curiosity. And it only takes 10 minutes!

In the end, being made of starch, it’d indeed be chewy; at the same time — crunchy like fries since t’was fried. But the taste? It’s for you to deliciously find out with the help of ’em sauce..

Enjoy!

Food Review: Fried Chicken and Unli-Rice (Chef J)

So, to continue with our ‘affordable’ meals.. We now take on the ever so popular ‘Unli-Rice’ meal package; and this time at Chef J Best of Chicken and Noodles.

This is obviously one of the resto’s bestsellers, the ‘unli-rice’ meal but in the case of Chef J, it comes with unlimited gravy and a glass of iced tea as well..

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Well, when we first saw the promo, we actually wondered what does the ‘unlimited’ gravy have to do with this meal package? Gravy goes with your chicken, and if you only have a piece of chicken or so — would the gravy then serve as your soup or viand as well?? Haha. So, why ‘unli-gravy’?

Anyway, with a piece of chicken and on a budget, you could normally eat 2-3 cups of rice — so their meal package price is indeed reasonable compared to more popular establishments..

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And yet their chicken is not really bad.

Yeah, it’s not that dry plus you get to sip a glass of iced tea, too. Yey! See. Fried chicken, for that matter, is basically the same, yep, wherever you may eat at — it’s still just chicken! The only difference is the resto’s ambiance, and the amount of breading or seasoning they put. So.. eating at ‘lesser knowns’ is actually a good thing.

Till next time.. Enjoy!