Monday, March 4, 2013

Gaeran Jjim and Bibim Guksu

If I had to pick between North and South Korea as my new home, I would definitely choose South Korea. Unless you like every part of your life to be controlled by the government, you would probably choose South Korea too. South Korea has been a democracy since 1987.

South Koreans have been making a type of pottery called Celadon for a thousand years. The works of pottery have a teal color glaze, and they have inlaid designs of things like Asian flowers and cranes. Koreans still use traditional kilns to make these works of art, so they look like they have looked for centuries and centuries.

Koreans eat three meals a day. These are often served with everyone sitting on the floor. (The Koreans must not have dogs who would steal the food off their plates.) Almost every meal has kimchi and rice, but I managed to find something that did not include the rotting cabbage. Each person gets their own bowl of rice. Many other dishes are set out for everyone to share. Using chopsticks, vegetables and meats are taken from the communal bowls. I’m glad that I do not live in Korea. I do not think I could handle sharing everyone’s chopstick spit.

South Korea:Gaeran Jjim and Bibim Guksu

Gaeran Jjim
1 egg
1 tbsp water

Whisk the egg and water together. Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pot. Put the egg mixture in a small bowl (make sure it won't melt), and set it in the pot of water. Cover the pot, and steam until the egg has set, about 10 minutes.

Bibim Guksu
For the salad:
8 ounces soba or wheat noodles
Lettuce, thinly sliced
Cabbage, thinly sliced
Cucumber, julienned
Carrot, julienned
Asian pear, julienned
Green onions, thinly sliced
2 hard boiled eggs ( I omitted because I already had an egg dish)

For the dressing:
4 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
5 teaspoons corn syrup
1 mashed garlic clove
1 tablespoon water
Salt, to taste

Cook the noodles according to the box's instructions. Rinse them with cool water until they are no longer warm. Assemble all your desired vegetables into a large bowl. Top with the noodles. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Mix the dressing and salad together to serve.

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