Saturday, 22 May 2010

Barbecue (BBQ)

Maybe or maybe not, the thing that people in Europe are waiting for would be Barbecue. OK, I am. So, when this summer has come, the first thing I did was a BBQ party. Not such a big one, just for our family^^. We needed one pack of instant charcoal, pork meat, sweetcorn, sweet potato, beefsteak, mushroom to enjoy Korean  style (I am not quite sure about the terminology-Korean style^^) BBQ. Just cooking the ingredients on high heat of charcoal and enjoying the food, sunshine, and our family love.

Instant charcoal, the brilliant invention for easy BBQ, I did not need any tools or fan to build a fire. What I need is just a lighter to light the charcoal...Very good.

Well, even though it looks like dull charcoal, it is very hot, hot, and hot!!!

OK, let's start to cook pork belly, beefsteak, mushroom, sweetcorn. Unfortunately, I just took a pic of pork (Oh, you can see mushrooms^^).

Then, put sweet potatos on the charcoal...I can not explain the taste of sweet potatos cooked on the charcoal. It is really fantastic. You have to try before you die^^. (I wrapped the sweet potatos with foil not to make them another charcoal)

Do not take a pic!!!.... I am sorry I did...

Have a nice day!!!

Friday, 21 May 2010

how to enjoy Vietnamese summer rolls at home

Today, well, I can say that this is the best weather I have ever had in this year in England. Very hot, very sunny, and very cheerful!!! So, we had home-made Vietnamese summer rolls in order to celebrate ourselves this given hot Friday. Frankly, Vietnamese summer rolls is very easy to prepare and need to any hassle! Just shop properly, cut vegetables well, beware of hot water, and indulge yourself with the Vietnamese summer rolls.

As you may know, we are not Vietnamese and experts of the foods, so this post is just our way of enjoying the summer rolls at home. If you try the summer rolls once, lots of ideas and creativity will come into your head. This content is also one of our recipes to eat Vietnamese summer rolls.

OK. basically, what you need are (to buy some Asian style ingredients, plz pop in a Chinese restaurant):

(for four people)
  • Pepper 3
  • Hot pepper 1
  • Iceberg lettuce 1/3
  • Mushroom 5
  • Prawns 200g
  • Bean sprouts 100g
  • Rice paper (or Vietnamese summer roll papers) 3 packs
  • Sliced pineapple 1 can
  • Fish source 1 teaspoon

1. Basically, we eat the vegetables raw. However, the prawns have to be parboiled in the boiling water. (If you want, you can also parboil the vegetables in the hot water).
2. Cut the vegetable down to size.

3. Make a hot sauce by mixing fish source, pineapple juice, and chopped hot peppers (do not use too-hot-peppers, you can not enjoy the summer rolls with the peppers^^).

4. And enjoy (plz watch the video if you want to know how to wrap the roll!!!...of course the demonstration is our style...not official^^)

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Fish and Chips

On Saturday, me, my wife, and my little girl went to a antique fair held in Stoke-on-Trent to look around the venue and British antiques. Some were very expensive, some were absolutely gorgeous, and some were just not impressive^^.

I think, there were one Korean family (we!!!) and two Chinese guys in the antique fair. The Chinese people look like, I suppose, dealers of antiques.

Interestingly, I could not find any "Englishness" or "Britishness" in the antique fair. Yes! they are English or British. However, I feel more English and British in a traditional English food, Fish and Chips. Some said that it is not a traditional English food, some argue that Fish and Chips is a junk food. Well, no matter what they are saying and arguing, Fish and Chips is, even only for me, really representing English and Englishness. I love it.

So, there are no other reasons why I wouldn't choose Fish and Chips as my lunch menu during my journey in the antique fair^^. Fish and Chips is a really antique. Ha ha ha.

Friday, 14 May 2010

She is sick

Well. it is always good to enjoy Friday evening. No stress, no work, and no routine. For me, Friday means freedom (I know this is not a privilege only allowed to me^^). However, when I got back home, I realised something was wrong!!! My wife is sick and she said she got severe migraine during the whole Friday.


I made dinner for her and our little girl. She had got an idea even though she was sick and got headache. I do not know what it is called, but just mix of sausage, onion, peppers (just well stir-fry^^).

Anyway, it is a pity that she be sick.

She is a good friend.
She is my mentor.
She is a good advisor.
She is always positive.
She is always active.
She is a good wife and mother.
She is always smiling.
She is lovely.
She is beautiful.
She is easy-going.
But, now, she is sick.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

How to cook Chicken Teriyaki at home

Chicken Teriyaki is one of popular Japanese dishes, which is available in most fusion or Japanese restaurants. Chicken Teriyaki is well balanced by chicken and vegetables with tasty aroma. Without doubts, this cuisine is also my family's favorite all the time. Especially, when our little girl is not interested in eating foods, Chicken Teriyaki is our choice to give her a good appetite. I know there are hundreds of recipes of Chicken Teriyaki in Internet. However, I wanna show you how to cook Chicken Teriyaki at home not in their styles but in our style...Hmm...Challenging!!!

  • Chicken thigh 5
  • Mushroom 5
  • Pepper 3
  • Onion 1/2
  • Carrot 1
  • Crushed garlic 1/2 teaspoon
  • Soy sauce 5 spoon
  • Sugar 1/2 spoon
  • Bay leaves 3
  • Water 120 ml

How to cook
  1. Wash chicken thighs gently and make cuts in the chicken
  2. Pour water and soy sauce in sauce pan and boil them
  3. When the water boils, put the chicken thighs and bay leaves and boil them for 25 minutes over medium (not so high)heat (you can add some wine instead of bay leaves)
  4. After 25 minutes, put diced vegetables in the pan
  5. And cook 10 minutes more (do not stir too much). Keep watch the sauce pan to check whether the water evaporates or not (not to evporate all the water^^).
That it!!! Here we go...

Monday, 10 May 2010

How to Cook Peking Duck (Crispy Aromatic Duck) at home

Here! another our choice for our family banquet.
Peking Duck (Crispy Aromatic Duck) is a well-known Chinese national food. Due to the distinctive aroma of cooked duck, Peking Duck would be one of popular Chinese cuisine in the world...maybe^^. This is also our couple and our little girl's favorite.

Now, I will show you how to cook Peking Duck at home not in a complicating way but a simple one.

Ingredients (to serve 3-4 people)
  • Whole duck 1
  • Chinese pancakes 3 packs
  • Spring onion 1 bunch
  • Cucumber 1
  • Tomato 5
  • Hoisin sauce (or Peking Duck sauce)
  • Sunflower oil

How to Cook
  1. Rinse a duck well in the water and dry it with a (kitchen) towel
  2. Apply a coat of sunflower oil to the duck
  3. Put the duck in a oven set to 230 degrees Celsius (preheat the oven for 10 minutes)
  4. Cook it in the oven for 3 hours (turn the duck upside down every hour; be careful the heat)
  5. Meanwhile, prepare vegetables (not cook them but cut down to size)
  6. (spring onion)
  7. In particular, peel a cucumber and cut like the pics (do not serve the soft center of cucumber for crispy bits)
  8. Steam Chinese pancake 15 minutes.
  9. Take out the duck and shred it using a fork and kitchen tongs
  10. And enjoy

Now I upload two videos which show you how to enjoy Pecking Duck with vegetables and Chinese pancakes, and how our little girl deals with them^^.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

How to cook Korean style pasta soup (Sujebi)

Sometimes, my friends ask me ' What do you (Korean) eat normally'? Simple question, but difficult to answer. Of course, we can say that Korean people eat rice and soup as their meal. The stereotype like as 'Japanese eat Sushi and Chinese eat Dumplings'.

(cooking time!!!)

However, there are various foods in Asia and different recipes in every single local area. Here, What I am going to show is also one of variety and one of recipes: Korean Style Pasta Soup (Sujebi-in Korean language).

The name, "Korean style pasta soup" could sound funny to English natives. Some name it as "Korean dumpling soup" and some call it as "Clear wheat flake soup". Whatever it is called, Sujebi is one of traditional Korean cuisine.

Sujebi in Korean: 수제비
Sujebi in Japanese: すいとん(水団)
Sujebi in Chinese: 疙瘩汤 or 片儿汤
(Sujebi is also Asian soup or Asian style soup)

I will show you my basic recipe with which my readers can add other ingredients according to individual taste.

(Ingredients to serve 3 people)
  • Plain flour 160g
  • Wholemeal flour 50g
  • Corn flour 10g
  • Onion 1/2
  • Sunflower oil 1 teaspoon
  • Dried anchovies 20g
  • Dried kelp 1 side
  • Salt 1/2 teaspoon
  • Water 200ml (for dough), 4 pints (for cook)
  • Potato 1 or 2 (option: I did not include potato for this recipe)
  • Kimchi (Korean traditional pickled cabbage with varied seasonings) (option: for spicy taste)

[All the Asian ingredients are available in Asian food shop or Chinese food shop]

(How to Cook Sujebi)

  1. Mix the flours and water to make dough
  2. Pack the dough in vinyl wrap and put it in the fridge to ripen for 30 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, boil water with dried anchovies and dried kelp over high heat (after 10 minutes, remove the anchovies and kelp from a pot) (However, I use anchovy powder and kelp powder-->one of easy ways to cook Asian food^^ )
  4. After removing them, boil the water over medium heat
  5. Take out the dough from the fridge, roll dough into a thin rectangle, take off small portions, and put them in the pot. (Be careful of the boiling water!!!)
  6. Also put sliced onions in the pot
  7. After putting all portions of the dough, boil the soup five minutes more
  8. Finally, season with some salt to taste (if you like spicy one and Kimchi, put Kimchi before 5 minutes you turn off the heat)

Hope you enjoy the one of Korean traditional soup, Sujebi.

How to make honey lemon tea

Well...there would be lots of way to make honey lemon tea in the world. However, here, I would like to show you one of quick method to serve honey lemon tea at home.

Lemon contains Vitamin C and citric acid which gives lemons a sour taste. So I drink tea with honey to reduce the sour taste and also to take in honey^^. Lemon tea works for easiness of body discomfort and mental fatigue, a reduction of the risk of cancer disease, prevention of colds, recovery of biorhythms, skin care, etc. It sounds like a panacea for everything^^. But I can say that Lemon tea is one of natural ways to keep your body healthy.

OK. What we need to make honey lemon tea at home in a simple way are that:

  • Half of lemon
  • Two or three teaspoons honey
  • Hot water
  • One teaspoon sugar (if you want)

(How to make honey lemon tea)
  1. squeeze the juice from a lemon using a lemon squeezer
  2. Put the juice in a cup with honey
  3. Add hot water (not too hot: this can destroy the taste of lemon and honey, and drop the efficacy of honey)
  4. Stir well and enjoy~~~(a piece of cake^^)

P.S. Put the skin of lemon in the fridge to kill odors. (This is really working. Amazing!!!)

Have a good day!!!

Friday, 7 May 2010

British style dinner?-Toby Carvery

Well....don't know what British style is exactly. But they (the restaurant I went today) say they are, and I agree with generally. That's it!!! I enjoyed the British style dinner with one pint of lager in Toby Carvery Restaurant. Frankly, I like the foods, price, and style...though there is no specific style actually.

Ok, What I ate today?

  • Honey & Mustard Glazed Gammon and British Beef served by a chef
  • Lots of steamed or roasted vegetables such as bean, potato, onion, carrot, etc
  • and Yorkshire pudding.

Before heading to the restaurant, I was hungry, My wife was hungry, and my little girl was hungry. (Everybody was hungry...Aaaaaaaaaaaaah) After finishing our dishes, we were all satisfied with the taste, the time we had in Toby, and the bill (I just paid 18 pounds...very impressive^^).

Happy weekends~~~