Baek(white)Kimchi

20180613_145508Baek (white) Kimchi with no chillies.

This Kimchi is stuffed with a variety of vegetables, fruit, pine nuts, oysters and rock ear mushrooms.

 

The original Kimchis were Baek Kimchi from over a 1,000 years ago but did not use the Chinese leaf cabbage. In those times, Kimchi was radish dipped in fermented soya bean paste or salted in brine.

When it comes to Baek Kimchi, we need to wait until it ferments. This depends on temperature but usually takes 2 to 7 days.

When the Kimchi starts to ferment, it will smell a little bit sour and will bubble. The brine is a great sauce for cold noodles, or drunk as an appetizer before eating a main meal. My father was a very picky eater so if we had this Baek Kimchi in the house then he always drank a little bit of the brine before his meal and ate the crispy Baek Kimchi afterwards.

 

Ojingeo Muchim (Spicy squid in vinegar)

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This is a typical Korean Anju that we often order from Korean traditional restaurants when we drink.  Also this dish is often served in the best Japanese traditional restaurants in Korea. So this is one of my favourite dishes when I go drinking.In preparing this dish fresh vegetables are seasoned with persimmon vinegar, lemon and with chilli sauce so that the crunchy vegetables give a real kick to your mouth.This dish is especially fragrant with the fresh seaside smell from the squid and the spiciness from the chilli and pepper.

This dish is best served with Chungmu kimbap.
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Tofu Jorim (Pan fried Tofu in Soy and Chilli Powder sauce)

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Jorim refers to dishes made of meats, seafood, vegetables or tofu in a mixed sauce cooked by simmering for a time.  The sauce for Jorim is mainly  Ganjang (soy sauce). In olden times in Korea during the hot summer weather this salty soy sauce could prevent food going bad.

You can buy Tofu from any English supermarket. I bought this from Waitrose. Our local Korean supermarket sells Tofu at a better price and I think it is much firmer in texture than the Waitrose one. This dish is so easy to make and the uncooked tofu contains only around 200 calories. By comparison, same amount of beef contains around 650 calories. So you can see how healthy this dish is.

If you never made a dish using “tofu” then try this dish first. You are going to love it! Try to prepare all the ingredients before you start cooking then it is easy to follow the instructions here.

Pan Frying Tofu
Pan fry the sliced Tofu until the colour becomes golden brown on both sides.You can sprinkle a little bit of salt and black pepper seasoning if you want.
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Mix all these ingredients in a bowl except the spring onions and shallots which will be added after frying the tofu.
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Then add all the spring onions and shallots like this picture.
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Finally sprinkle the sauce we made and simmer them for 1-2 minutes on a medium high heat.Serve with a bowl of rice and a glass of beer for yourself! Well done!

Tofu Jorim

  • Portion : 2 – 3 people
  • Type : Entrée or side dish
  • Time : 20 minutes

Main ingredients

  • 396 g,  one pack of firm Tofu
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 1/3 cup of spring onions, chopped
  • Some olive oil or vegetable oil for pan frying

Sauce ingredients

  • 2/3 tablespoon grated garlic (2 cloves)
  • 45m water
  • 2 tablespoons, dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon, toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon, chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon, red wine
  • 1 tablespoon, assume oil
  • 1 tablespoon, golden syrup
  • A pinch salt and white pepper if it is necessary

Instructions

  1. Cut the tofu in 2 horizontal line and then slice them  into 8-10 pieces.
  2. Be preparing all the ingredients in separated bowls except some spring onions and shallots.
  3. Finely slice shallots and spring onions and be preparing them in a bowl.
  4. In a heated non-stick pan,  add 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil and then place the tofu in the pan on a medium and low heat(frequently change the heat from the low to medium or medium to low)
  5. Pan fry both side of the tofu until they become golden brown on medium low heat.
  6. Meanwhile, mix all the ingredients in a bowl except shallots and spring onions.
  7. When the tofu is golden brownish in both side then sprinkle shallots and spring onions and then lastly  the sauces.
  8. Simmering  them for 1-2 minutes on a medium heat.
  9. Serve it with a bowl of steamed rice or eat it as “ Anju”  with drinking.