Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Korean Phase

Most of the food we eat I would classify as “Andrea’s food.” What I mean by that is that I put my own spin on most dishes, and it can’t really be classified as any traditional cuisine. My pasta dishes are hardly ever truly Italian; no “real” German person would call my “German” food German, and my “Korean” dishes are Andrea’s version of Korean. Yes, there is a lot of kimchi and Korean flavors, but I usually do my own thing with them. I remember hubby asking my more than once over the years, “Can you do that?” I think he didn’t only question if the food would taste good but also if I was allowed to not “obey” any of the “rules” of Korean cooking… But, he is used to it by now, and I think he likes it! Smile

When it comes to food, we go through phases, and we sometimes go for several weeks without eating any Korean food (or my version of it!), but then we have day after day after day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And right now we are in a Korean phase.

Breakfast is often Bap Egg on Top (rice flavored with soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, Korean spicy red pepper paste, ketchup, and sesame seeds, topped with over-easy eggs).  I can’t get enough of it! Here is a recycled picture of it. I am not often patient enough these days to take pictures before eating… Smile

And here is some other “Korean” food we have been eating:

Bulgogi (marinated barbecued beef)

The “secret” is to marinate the thin beef slices for several hours in the fridge. My mother-in-law really liked “my version” and complimented me several times! Smile

We have also been eating kimchi stew. My version is made with chicken instead of pork. Not traditional at all…

Some side dishes: lettuce to dip into fermented bean paste, kimchi, seaweed rolls, chicken, marinated radish slices, marinated black beans, and marinated squid.

The toddler with his grandparents…

Questions: What’s your favorite type of cuisine? Do you cook traditional/authentic dishes, or do you put your own spin on things? Do you sometimes get “stuck” eating the same food over and over?

Be well,