Birthday party idea!

Birthday party idea!

Three lovely ladies booked a surprise birthday cooking class for their best friend. The menu was designed for a great afternoon get together along with a jug of mohito(well, actually two… or three…). Who would have thought Korean food would be perfect match to go with Mohitos!

We started off with Kimchi pancake, followed by double deep fried extra spicy chicken, and finally handmade noodle soup

The food was delicious, there were lots of laughter and plenty of food left over to share with friends and family!  🙂

Korean grocery store!

Korean grocery store!

This is part of a series of blogs I will be writing on Korean grocery stores in Singapore. Will start on East coast side…

I visited Sol Mart branch at Leisure Park Kallang  today.  Sol Mart seems like a franchise chain as they are popping up everywhere.  The one at the Leisure Park is on level 2 between the pet store and the food court. They have a variety of items including dried vegetables, sauces, rice cake, and cooking utensils. You can pick up few food related bargains in the discount bins at the front of the store. They also sell stationary stuff, unusual combination I know, but I guess they are trying sell everything under one roof.  Sol Mart also has a online presence but it’s all in Korean and not that cheap. eg: 500g Sunchang chilli paste $8.70. You can normally find chilli paste much cheaper at Fairprice supermarkets.

The owners are friendly and seemed to have a good knowledge of ingredients. I asked them for a black bean sauce (jja jang sauce – 짜장 소스) that comes in  a powder form and they knew exactly what I was talking about.

12 June bibimbap class!

12 June bibimbap class!

I am happy to announce that my first bibimbap class was a success. Four lovely ladies cooked bibimbap,  soy bean sprout soup and cucumber salad (aka, oyi muchim). My aim for the class was to make sure everyone learnt different  Korean ingredients, enjoyed the dishes they cooked and most of all have fun.

Teaching a hands on class is always great, because you see different cooking style of each participant. One of the students was very particular in slicing the cucumber for her salad – paper thin!!

Everyone had  their chance to add their own little touch to each of the dishes and at the end we licked the bowls clean! I served up my homemade kimchi and kkaduki as well for everyone to try and it was well received!

Group photo time… say “kimchi!”

Yummy spicy fried chicken!!

Yummy spicy fried chicken!!

Today’s dishes brought back childhood memories. When I was young, I used to eat a lot of spicy fried chicken (양념닭)and red bean ice (팥빙수) in Seoul.

It’s been a while since I last had spicy fried chicken so when a friend suggested this dish for my class, it took me on a trip down memory lane. I used to make this dish quite regularly when I was living in Sydney and  it goes great with a cold beer! Usually this chicken dish is sold by franchise delivery shops in Korea and  I’ve even seen it in Sydney. My favorite one is called Pelicana. Anyway, I thought I would have a crack at replicating it….

Result:  I played with the original recipe a little here and there to experiment and put my mark on it. I fried the chicken twice so it was nice and crunchy. I also added some cajun spices in the batter to add more zing. With an extra dash of chilli sauce it was just perfect!

The next dish was red bean ice. It’s similar to the ice kaching sold here in Singapore however I still prefer the simple Korean red ice bean. My parents brought me an electric ice shaver so that came in handy today. It’s a Hello Kitty brand though because my parents think that I have not grown up yet – but hey it works!

I cut some fruit, made some glutinous balls to add chewy texture and  added milk and redbean.

It was a perfect dish after the spicy fried chicken and an excellent way to cool you down from the hot Singapore weather! Anyone want some?  🙂