March 20th, 2013. Eunice’s Perfect Korean Mini Meat Patties (동그랑땡)~

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

People wonder why I never cook Korean food. Why would I need to when I have a sister who cooks it so well and lets me eat it ;D

Tonight I came home and Eunice was just about to make some Korean Mini Meat Patties (동그랑땡) and said that I was going to help. Yes, sister! At your command 😀

 

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

 A traditional Korean side dish, these mini meat patties are like a Korean bite-sized version cross between meatloaf & meatballs.  Made with a ground pork and tofu base mixed with your base aromatics such as garlic, carrots, and onions, it’s crucial to have a perfect mixture if you want the perfect moist and flavorful bite!

 

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

 

 

 

 

Not overworked and perfectly uniform patties just small enough to fit in the cup of your hand!

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

 

 

 

 

After a flour and egg coating the next important step is cooking it slow on medium heat in oil. Just like many grilling techniques flipping it over should be at a minimum.

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

 

 

 

 

Wait until the oil starts to bubble up and the bottom of the patties get that gorgeous yellow color from the egg wash, then gently turn them all over and do the same.

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too brown and it’s dry and tough, but that beautiful golden yellow with a slight brown hue makes this my personal favorite Korean side dish!

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March 16th, 2013. Miura Waffle Milk Bar

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

Reunion brunch with Joyce! Since leaving Sylvan I haven’t seen Joyce, but we’ve been able to keep in touch through Facebook and judging by each others’ posts we both love food! What better way to reconnect than over Vancouver’s newest fad….Waffle sandwiches!

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

 

Miura Waffle Milk Bar is a Japanese waffle joint that’s small but clean. Already gaining acclaim by being featured on hit foodie show “You Gotta Eat Here” it’s one of those places considered a hidden gem.

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

 

We couldn’t just choose between savory or sweet so we went for 1 of each and split them: First the Hoisin Sando! Sweet and savory hoisin ground pork sausage sandwiched in with bright and aromatic cilantro, refreshing and clear cucumber and a mildly tangy carrot and radish pickle. Reminiscent of a bahn mi but slightly milder. I found that the waffle was appropriately crispy and soft at the same time although bordering on that very thin line of being slightly more dense than I prefer. Delicious? Yes!

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, And I also got a Maple Yoggy Milk. Because….I love maple and I what goes better with waffles than milkshake! Not overly sweet with a hint of maple. I would have liked a stronger maple flavor, but it was certainly refreshing and creamy!

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

Next we had the Fruits and Cream Sando! Served between the same waffle with the season’s fresh fruit and cream, today’s fruit was strawberries! Okay, what’s more fitting than tart, sweet, juicy strawberries with a rich and creamy whipped cream against delicious waffle! The hoisin sando had filled us, but the fruits and cream sando put us over the edge 😉

Busy stuffing our mouths I’m surprised we got so much talking done in between! It was wonderful to reconnect and to see how much had happened in our lives since we worked together 🙂 Thanks for suggesting such a fun place, Joyce!

December 26th, 2012.  Eunice Cooks!

korean meal at home

korean meal at home

 

  So we hit up H-Mart to stock up on some groceries since Henry was home for the holidays.

I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to cooking Korean food, but my sister just seems to be a natural at it.  And furthermore, her food actually comes pretty close to our mom’s cooking!

korean meal at home

korean meal at home

 

A natural at producing great, clean flavors and cooking with extreme care and attentiveness she produces a Korean meal that is full of love!

Fish roe sacks are usually topped off with sesame oil, sesame seeds and fresh chopped green onion.  Don’t knock it til you try it!  Slightly salty, rich and earthy from the sesame components and the light popping of the roe.  Mix it with your rice and you have gold!

korean meal at home

korean meal at home

 

For some reason or other I was just super into these fishcake “sausages” at the supermarket… I suppose from childhood/Korean living nostalgia… I just kept coming back to the case they were in… so we ended up getting them!  We dipped them in an egg wash and then I placed little bits of parsley to add some color and flavor and then pan fried them 🙂

korean meal at home

korean meal at home

 

 

 

 

Some more banchan: spicy dehydrated fish “cakes”, and spicy marinated and dehydrated roots.  A little sweet, a little spicy and a little chewy 🙂

korean meal at home

korean meal at home

 

 

 

 

 

 

She also banged out some kimchi tofu soup in no time at all!  I swear, I don’t know how she manages to just produce great food out of seemingly thin air!

korean meal at home

korean meal at home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahhhh~~~ a goood meal in our stomaches!!  Thank you, Eunice, for the excellent meal!!  You can really tell we loved it!

December 19th, 2012.  Henry Cooks! 

kimchi fried rice

kimchi fried rice

 

 

Wow, do I have the best brother or what??  With two older sisters hustlin at work and being insanely busy with the busiest season for retail Henry went to H-Mart and bought a few groceries and made us nunas some Kimchi Fried Rice!

kimchi fried rice

kimchi fried rice

 

 

 

 

Putting his kitchen moves on Henry is no stranger in the kitchen!  He’s never been afraid to get into the kitchen and help out, lend a hand and take care of his own hunger if Mom was busy tutoring.  I’m sure this skill has served him well going into university 🙂

kimchi fried rice

kimchi fried rice

 

 

Using our aunt’s homemade kimchi that she gave us last time the family was all together he also added one of the best proteins for this…Spam!  I’m no snob when it comes to food and cooking, and Spam is something we grew up on… I won’t turn my nose up at it 😉

kimchi fried rice

kimchi fried rice

 

 

 

 

 

Topping it off with some cheese I have to say, Henry’s kimchi fried rice was so yummy!  Thank you, bro, for the loving gesture 

July 7th, 2012. Dinner at Yoon & Krista’s~

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

Yoon Keun oppa and Krista unni invited me over for dinner at their place.  It’s always nice going over to their home…so calm and serene 🙂  When I arrived oppa was finishing off the dinner, so I helped set the table.

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

Homegrown Korean Lettuce is noticably different from what you buy at the store.  So much more tender and almost buttery.  I was so impressed that they actually grew this!  Made dinner that much better 😉

 

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

 

 

Brown Rice, since both are trying to be more healthy.  They even sent me home with a little baggy of brown rice since they had too much 🙂

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

 

 

The main dish was a yummy Marinated Spicy Pork.  Mildly spicy, slightly sweet with a slight char around the edges: perfect wrapped up in the lettuce with the brown rice, some spicy bean paste and homegrown basil!

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus!  Broccoli Salad with Almonds and Grapes 🙂

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Brownie and Chocolate Sauce with Farmer’s Market Cherries to finish off
the meal.  Scrumptious~!!

 

 

 

Thank you so much, cousins, for having me over and treating me to a homecooked meal…much needed family love 😀

June 12th, 2012. Ultimate Konair Throwdown!

konair test-kitchen throwdown

konair test-kitchen throwdown

 

 

 

 

Eunice requested this morning that I be home tonight to ref for a throwdown!  A cooking throwdown?  I’m there!!

 

konair test-kitchen throwdown

konair test-kitchen throwdown

 

 

 

 

 

Home Chef Eunice versus Wine Conoisseur Chris: 2 gourmands facing off in an epic test-kitchen battle with their exclusive food-cart idea; a Korean donair aka KONAIR. Lucky for me I was home to be one of their taste-testers!! Yum!!!!

konair test-kitchen throwdown

konair test-kitchen throwdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tension in the condo was heavy with both cooks concentrating hard and trying not to give each other’s secrets away.  Chris was calm in almost an off-handed way while Eunice’s competitive edge was sharpened to the point it could slice someone’s wits in half!

konair test-kitchen throwdown

konair test-kitchen throwdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With legit bread from a real donair food supplier as the vehicle both Chris and Eunice marinated their meats in their own special blends.  They wanted to be cheeky with their play on this donair concept, so along with with chicken they were also doing a seperate batch of pork.

konair test-kitchen throwdown

konair test-kitchen throwdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris’ konair was pumped up with plenty of fresh veg with his pork being spicy and then topping it with a spicy “tatziki” sauce.

konair test-kitchen throwdown

konair test-kitchen throwdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice took a less spicy route with her marinade and opted to use 2 sauces on hers: a Korean “hummus” with a spicy kick underneath a cool tatziki sauce.

konair test-kitchen throwdown

konair test-kitchen throwdown

 

 

 

Who won?  Well, it’s hard to say.  The majority preferred Chris’ spicy Konair, but Eunice’s was more complex in terms of the combination of flavors and layers and I felt had more overall appeal as a street food.    I’d say both could be good options on their menu.  One being more for those who like the heat and the other for more discerning palates.  Stay tuned for more updates on the Konair~

 

Midam Cafe

January 24, 2013

April 5th, 2012. Midam Cafe

midam cafe

midam cafe

 

It had been a while since Yumi and I caught up, so we decided to do it over eats at Midam Cafe.  Nothing makes catching up better than eating while catching up~!

I ordered a full meal of what the menu called “떡갈비” roughly translated to Rice Cake Beef Ribs.  Galbi refers to beef short ribs, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.  Hmmmm….well, what came out was veeeeeery interesting…..!  Ground beef wrapped in a sheet of rice cake?  Hmmm…..  Can anybody tell me if this is what it’s supposed to be?  Honestly, I blind-ordered, so I don’t know what it’s actually supposed to look like.

midam cafe

midam cafe

 

 

 

I thought it was a bit odd…and the rice cake was not super pliable or soft while the beef was a bit bland and dry…but I loved that my meal came with one of my side dishes, steamed egg!!  YUM!

Apart from the main star of the meal, I thought everything else was great as supporting actors.  I think Midam is a nice place to go to, although slighty over-priced, they do some things great, like desserts and porridges and side dishes.  AAnd for those, I’d come back 🙂

Samgyupsal Party~!

November 6, 2012

February 17th, 2012. Samgypsal Party~

samgyupsal party

samgyupsal party

 

 

 

 

In honor of us siblings all being together again Eunice initiated an at-home samgyupsal party!  Yes, that’s right.  Korean bacon, pork belly…aka Samgyupsal!

samgyupsal party

samgyupsal party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring out the Bluestar, put down the newspaper…and bring on the meat pants!

samgyupsal party

samgyupsal party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice went to special lengths making delicious spicy green onions and even some bean paste stew to go with our meal.  She’s so amazing!

samgyupsal party

samgyupsal party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mmmmm~~ sizzling pork belly, spicy greens, delicious soup and pure rice….what a great dinner!!

SURA Korean Cuisine

November 6, 2012

February 16th, 2012. SURA Korean Cuisine

sura korean cuisine

sura korean cuisine

 

 

 

 

A rainy mid-February day sniffing out some business downtown with my fave co-worker, Ms. Vivian! After striking out at a few places we figured it’s time to grab some lunch.

sura korean cuisine

sura korean cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Vivian suggested we check out SURA on Robson. I was pretty happy to oblige since I’ve always been curious about it. I’d heard some good feedback…and I wanted to see for myself.

sura korean cuisine

sura korean cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

I really like the decor. It’s traditionally warm and inviting, but at the same time has that westcoast cool. There are tables on either sides of the space, but I love that the middle section has the sunken tables with sheer drape partitions. Love it~!

sura korean cuisine

sura korean cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

We were pleasantly surprised that there were some great priced lunch specials. SURA is slighly higher-end than other Korean small-plates restaurants, so this was a completely delightful surprise

sura korean cuisine

sura korean cuisine

 

Another good sign that this place would be serving good food was the fact that there was a decent number of non-Koreans eating here as well. Korean resaurants are different in the sense that the barometer forr whether it’s good is if non-Koreans like it. This is probably due to the fact that most Koreans only go to Korean restaurants anyways, so that’s never a real indication of the quality. With the normal crap service, inconsistent quality and over-priced menus…it’s just more reliable to see other nationalities at a Korean restaurant.

sura korean cuisine

sura korean cuisine

 

 

 

Even the side dishes are clean to the palate.  Doesn’t taste over-processed, old or as if it’s an afterthought.  The fact that they put attention to even the free banchan is a great sign 🙂

sura korean cuisine

sura korean cuisine

 

 

 

 

For $11 you can get the Spicy Soft Tofu Soup (beef or seafood options).  What I love about the way they do this dish is that it’s just so clean.  You can actually taste the freshness of the ingredients and they don’t skimp on the seafood!

sura korean cuisine

sura korean cuisine

 

 

 

I got the GalbiJjim.  “Tender beef short ribs slow-cooked in lightly sweetened soy sauce with kabocha pumpkin”.  This is a great dish!  The short ribs are nice and meaty, very tender, and the addition of the kabocha pumpkins is a terrific match!  Love the sauce, too.  And for $14, this is not a bad deal 😉

sura korean cuisine

sura korean cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will I come back?  Absolutely!  They have this awesome multi-course group lunch you can do for only $15 per person.  he table next to us was having it and I was literally drooling!

Anyways, great space, acceptable service and great food!

January 16th, 2012. Eunice’s Delish 닭도리탕!

dinner at home

dinner at home

 

 

 


  Despite having to work an event after work I rushed home right after so I could partake in the epicness that is my sister’s cooking 😉

dinner at home

dinner at home

 

 



Tonight she was kinda doing a birthday dinner for me, so in addition to the traditional birthday seaweed soup she also made a pot of Korean Spicy Chicken Stew (닭도리탕).  The chicken is stewed with chunks of onion, carrots and potato until it all cooks down to a stew.  Super tender, fall-off-the-bone chicken, flavorful veggies.  Total Korean comfort food.  Success!

dinner at home

dinner at home

 

 

 

  And here’s the birthday soup!  Thanks for the Mee-Yeuk-Gook (미역국) and the wonderful meal, Eunice ♥