Friday, September 25, 2009

So very, very stuffed full

I haven't written very much yet today, but I exceeded 30,000 words last night on Bell-Men. Cam is angsting a little bit, but she spent the night in jail so she's allowed.

Last night I also made chapchae with bulgogi, Korean dishes that my sister-in-law makes but that I've never tried myself. It turned out really well! I went off an online recipe I found and changed it so that it seemed a little closer my sister-in-law's recipe (she doesn't actually use actual recipes, since she is a brave woman and knows what she's doing in the kitchen, unlike me). Here's how to make it, mostly so next time I won't have to reinvent the recipe I used:

Traditionally, this is marinated beef that's grilled at the table. My sister-in-law uses a pressure cooker, but I don't have one. I used a packaged bulgogi marinade mix, cut the beef into thin strips, marinaded it in the fridge for a few hours, and then stir-fried it in sesame oil with a diced onion. My sister-in-law says chicken works great for this too.

Remove the meat and onions to a bowl and reserve. Return the pan to the stove to stir-fry the vegetables for chapchae (below).

sesame oil (around 3 Tbsp)
3 carrots, sliced into thin strips
1 can water chestnuts
thumb-length chunk of ginger, minced
2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 or 2 cayenne peppers, minced
black pepper
smallish handful brown sugar
(and snow peas would be awesome with this but I didn't have any)

Mix it all up and stir-fry until the vegetables are crisp-tender.

While doing this, soak a package of glass noodles in warm/hot (not boiling) water until they soften. Just before the vegetables are done, bring the noodles to a boil and cook about two minutes. Drain and rinse the noodles with cold water so they won't overcook.

Add the vegetable mixture and bulgogi mixture to the noodles and stir as well as you can--glass noodles stick together and resist stirring. Eat fast while it's all still hot!


Jamie Eyberg said...

That sounds really good. Will have to look up glass noodles now. (I don't think Podunk, IA sells them.) :)

K.C. Shaw said...

I had to go into Knoxville to an Asian mart for mine, although I bet health/organic food supermarkets would have them too. They're really good.

Alan W. Davidson said...

yep, that sure sounds tasty! Bet it's nice and spicey as well.

Cate Gardner said...

Congrats on the wordage...

I'm a boring, plain eater and hate most food. Except chocolate, of course.

K.C. Shaw said...

Alan--It's marvelously spicy, yum.

Cate--Chocolate is the emperor of foods. And not even the evil emperor, just the emperor.

Aaron Polson said...

Yum! We've been reading Have A Nice Day Cafe to the boys...all about delicious Korean foods. My mouth is watering...

K.C. Shaw said...

Sounds like a fun thing to read aloud! Does it include recipes?

Fox Lee said...

Han-gook, huzzah!