Saturday, June 30, 2012

Korean-Inspired Spicy Pork

I rarely make pork. In fact, it had been several years since I’ve made pork. But there are several spicy Korean pork dishes that my husband and older son love, and I finally made my own version of a simple, quick, and spicy pork dish. I used what I had on hand for the marinade, and I’m happy with the outcome. 

Ingredients
  • Thinly sliced pork
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 2 T gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • 2 T rice vinegar
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1 T Korean chili powder
  • 1/2 T black pepper
  • 1/2 T sugar
Directions
  1. Mix soy sauce, gochujang, rice vinegar, sesame oil, chili powder, black pepper and sugar and coat the meat with the mixture.
  2. Let meat marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  3. Heat a pan and add a bit of oil.
  4. Quickly cook pork on both sides.


Hubby really liked the dish.

We spent some time at Gilroy Gardens and finished the day with a little wine tasting at Kirigin Cellars. We were really impressed with their new tasting area and outside seating area. Oh, there may also have been a stop at the Gilroy Outlets. Since it is our anniversary today, hubby was more than happy to check out the new Lululemon outlet store! Smile The Lululemon store had some nice things, but for many items the prices are not reduced much from the regular price. Sizes are also quite limited, and many items are only available in two or three sizes. But I got a cute top that was reduced significantly, so I’m happy.

Kirigin Cellars 01

Questions: How is your weekend going? Do you like outlet shopping? I don't like shopping very much in general, but I certainly feel better when I get a bargain. What’s your favorite outlet store? I often find nice things at the Banana Republic Outlet store. For a splurge, I love the Coach store. Any exciting plans for the 4th? 

Be well,
Andrea

42 comments:

  1. Awesome that you got to visit a Lululemon outlet. I have heard that it is rather hit and miss, but a cute top at a good discount sounds like a win to me! Sounds like a fun way to celebrate...Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Yes, I wouldn't make a special trip to the Lululemon outlet, but it doesn't hurt to stop by when in the area. I was happy with my find today! :)

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  2. You two look so cute in the strawberry! I was at the lulu outlet in Burlington and felt the same as you about the prices. I do love a bargain.

    I'll be at work on the fourth. Our big day is today! July 1 is Canada Day. Our whole family is together and it's great!

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    1. Thanks! Happy Canada Day! Have a great day!

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  3. Happy Anniversary Andrea! Now that you have a pork recipe up, you can get great google searches like I do about "how to sell a used pork," lol.

    We used to go to Gilroy Gardens a lot when I lived in the Bay Area (*sob*, I miss it so much) and the kids were young. Do they still have Danny the Dragon (otherwise known as the gas chamber for all the fumes inhaled while on this silly ride that the kids loved)?

    The Gilroy outlets were where I bought most of my clothes and I miss having that nearby! The Lululemon was not there at the time though :(. I really enjoyed this post Andrea, it's so fun to read about stuff I used to do!

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    1. Yes, those Google searches are too funny sometimes...

      It's funny how certain places bring back memories of when our kids were little. I have a park that always brings me back to when my older son, who is almost 21, was just a toddler.

      I believe Danny the Dragon is at Happy Hollow. And, yes, it's still there, and it's still very smelly... :)

      Glad I could take you down memory lane a bit! :)

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    2. Lol, now I'm showing how long ago it is! We DID used to go to both places and yes, Danny is at HH, oops.

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    3. Places "blend together" in my mind all the time ... :)

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  4. Glad you had a nice weekend Andrea.
    The pork recipe sounds divine. I just got a slow cooker and can't wait to use it for some great pork dishes!
    Fourth of July plans are just to savor the day and enjoy some fireworks and hopefully outdoor time.

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  5. Have a great time on the Fourth!

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  6. A lululemon outlet!?! How cool! But I know what you mean..there is an Ann Taylor Loft Outlet and the prices aren't that much different.
    The Korean park looks fabulous, by the way!!

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    1. Thanks! I think some outlet stores have such deep discounts that it's easy to be disappointed when they aren't.

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  7. I'm just so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so... lucky!

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    1. Yes, you are! :) But I am so, so, so, so, so, so, so lucky, too! :)

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  8. I love outlets...now if I could just find some! Actually, there are some in Sendai, so I think I should head there soon. No majors plan for July 4th. Just gonna hang out with Ryan now that I am back home.

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    1. Enjoy your time with Ryan! Especially since you are already planning another trip, no?

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  9. I get sooo overwhelmed at outlets :)
    sad I realize---but I tend to think HOLY MOLY WHAT DO I NEED?! and buy nothing :-)

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    1. Yes, outlets can be VERY overwhelming, especially when you are not a fan of shopping to start with. I now always go with a list of things I need and stick to one or two stores.

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  10. I cook pork a fair amount, this looks really good. I was at a cooking class and Jean georges wife is Korean, she had a spicy korean chicken stew that sounded good too. We're headed to see friends after the 4th and husband is doing a triathlon Sunday (exciting for him, ha). I don't like outlets, more of a small store person.

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    1. I love Jean-Georges and Marja and their show Kimchi Chronicles.

      Have fun on the 4th, and good luck to your husband with his triathlon!

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  11. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

    korean spicy pork looks delicious. I enjoy a lot of marinated beef at korean restaurants.

    My weekend was good despite the 15 hrs power outage. Mostly reading since I was very tired.

    As you, I don't like shopping a lot, I only go shopping when I need something. Outlets are good place to get what one needs and cheaper. BR, Jcrew are my favorites. For bags, I like Kate spade.

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    1. Thank you! :)

      Glad you made it through the power outage. I love reading on the weekends. Unfortunately, it's a rare occasion these days...

      Have a great week!

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  12. First, Happy Anniversary Andrea...like you a do not cook pork often...but this spicy thinly cut pork sounds and looks delicious...and super easy! I have some pork chops in the freezer, so this is the way to go :)
    It seems that you all had a great weekend...wine tasting...yum!
    Enjoy your 4th of July!

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    1. Thank you, Juliana!

      Yes, wine tasting was fun! Have a great 4th, too!

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  13. I don't like shopping either - unless its a thrift store or a garage sale! :D I eat pork at least once a week, I'll have to make this dish for me and my SIL - looks delicious!

    Hope you and your family have a great 4th!

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  14. Hi Andrea and happy anniversary! I love pork and find it super versatile to make in a variety of cuisines. I agree with your comment above that outlet shopping is best approached with a list in hand. I think many stores thrive on the muddle-headedness of their customers, with loud music blaring and confusing displays and impulse buy positioning. For the Fourth, DH and I are staying home. There are simply too many tourists here in the area for the summer months, and heat waves plus intoxicated crowds do not make for happy times :)

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    1. Yes, impulse purchases can make outlet shopping much less of a bargain... :)

      Enjoy the 4th at home!

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  15. Happy Anniversary Andrea!!!!! Hope you and your hubby had a great celebration.

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  16. Happy belated Anniversary! It sounds like you had a wonderful day :-). I'm so glad you shared this pork dish. We don't eat it that often, but we do like it and every now and then I make it, but it's usually plain old pork chops. This looks like a great new pork recipe to try! We are having an impromptu BBQ at our use, then walking down to our friends house to see fireworks from their balcony. Since this was last minute, I will be heading to the store soon to buy food. Happy 4th to you and your family!

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    1. Have a great BBQ & fun watching the fireworks!

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  17. Hi Andrea! That pork looks amazing. I've found that same thing at our local outlet mall. I expect big savings, but often it's just a few dollars. Have a good weekend. :)

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    1. Thanks! Have a great weekend, too!

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  18. That pork marinade sounds like a great way to add some flavor to a quick and simple dish. I happily pay Lululemon's price because the products are of great quality. I haven't been shopping in ages, would love to see what they have at the outlets.

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    1. Yes, most of Lululemon's products are great. I have a pair of workout pants that I've had for four years and washed "a million" times, and they look and feel like new. I also have a jacket that didn't wash that well and looked "worn" pretty much right away however... It's my understanding that they move merchandise from their stores to the outlets when they get new shipments.

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  19. Pork is my favorite meat! You must eat more of those, Andrea. And so should Andy, as pork is Korea's favorite choice of protein, haha!

    Happy belated anniversary! Say hi to Andy for me. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sophia!

      Andy would eat a lot more pork if I made it... ;)

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  20. Happy Anniversary! Very belated, I might add. the Korean spice pork dish sounds delicious - I love the Korean way of preparing meat. thanks for sharing, I'll be checking out your recipe.

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