Singapore Garden Festival & my harvest for the day!

Singapore Garden Festival & my harvest for the day!

My first visit to Singapore Garden Festival at Suntec few weeks ago blew my mind away. There are so many ways of utilising small space such as vertival gardening to grow different herbs and vegetbles. I am into growing plants that are useful for cooking. I am not into flowers or trees, mind you, I would love to have fruit trees but I doubt I can grow them at my condo! 🙂

Some of these vegetables are amazing, check out the watermelon! I wonder how these are grown so well in this hot weather…

Here are my latest harvest from my garden. Eggplant and capsicums, aren’t they beautiful? I am still waiting for my tomatoes to grow as big as my hand so I can show off to everyone soon!

The biggest bibimbap!

The biggest bibimbap!

As some of you may know, I have been working at the Korean Food Festival at Chinatown Point demonstrating Korean cooking for the last week. Last Saturday, we got on stage and made a huge batch of bibimbap in a massive cauldron –  big enough to feed 300 people!

I have been invited again by the organiser to demonstrate Korean cooking at the next event which will be held in November at Suntec. I will keep you posted on this event soon!

Korean food festival

Korean food festival

I was honoured when the organiser of the Korean Food Festival called to invite me to cook for the event. All the food which is sold at the event is directly imported from Korea and I was using these ingredients to demonstrate how to cook with them. What grab the most of my attention was their kimchi and fresh fruit. They also sell other items like ddukboki (rice cake), neng myun noodles (cold noodles), seaweed, rice and many more.

I bought a big bag of rice cake at the event and made dduk guk(rice cake soup) with the left over vegetables from my cooking class yesterday! Traditionally dduk guk is eaten on New Years day. The soup is clear and usually has just spring onions, beef and eggs but today was the kimchi soup version!

The Korean Food Festival  continues at Chinatown Point from Tuesday 20 July until Sunday 25 July and I will be at the event  from 12pm – 5pm demonstrating Korean cooking (except Saturday because of a cooking class!) Drop in and say Hi as it would be great to meet you all. I’ll be the one in the chefs hat!!

My favourite kimchi – chong gak kimchi!

My favourite kimchi – chong gak kimchi!

On my recent trip to Sydney, I picked up a bag of chong gak kimchi. I don’t like buying kimchi in Singapore since my last purchase (it was covered in fungus – see my previous post on this) so I  buy it now either from Korea or Sydney. A well known brand in Sydney is called “Paldo” and it tastes just like the homemade type.

I tried to do some research to find out why this particular kimchi is called chong gak kimchi but didn’t get very far. The direct translation is “bachelor kimchi”. Perhaps, it’s ideal for bachelors to have it as a side dish on those lonely nights at home? 🙂  It can also be referred to as  열무 김치 or young raddish kimchi.

Anyway, I am waiting for my chong gak kimchi to become sour so I can make neng myun (cold noodles-냉면). This type of kimchi is perfect for neng myun and neng myun is perfect for the hot weather in Singapore. In Korea, neng myun sells like hot cakes in summer.

Unfortunately, I have not seen this chong gak kimchi anywhere in Singapore so I am going to have to ration this lot very carefully to make it last for next few weeks! 🙂

Korea town in Sydney

Korea town in Sydney

You might wonder why I have been quiet last few weeks. Don’t worry I am not sick. ^_^  I went back to Sydney for 10 days to catch up with friends and family. I was excited that the weather was going to be nice and cool and a welcome relief from the Singapore humidity.  Well, it wasn’t cool, it was freezing! While I was there, Sydney had two of the coldest mornings in 60 years!  I must admit it’s not as cold as Korean winter but I don’t think Sydney houses are built for cold winter mornings. Having said that, I still enjoyed some beautiful sunny afternoons.

While I was Sydney, I managed to eat more Korean food than ever as it is so popular there now. It’s also quite cheap as the meat is only A$12 per kg. So as soon I landed my brother drove me straight to a Korean BBQ restaurant.

Koreans seemed to be opening business everywhere in Sydney. When I first moved from Seoul to Sydney, there were hardly any Korean shops but now they’re are almost on every corner. Korean restaurants, hairdressers, butchers and clothing shops seem to be everywhere. One of the suburbs called Strathfield is now filled with 80% of Korean shops and business and you walk around thinking that you are back in Korea.