February Bangkok Farmers Market

February Bangkok Farmers Market

Yes, I finally started back at Bangkok Farmers Market in February. Unfortunately, my husband was away to help with the heavy lifting so it was hard work and I ended up with a minor back injury!!  Thank goodness for my friends who came to help out over the weekend and those that visited my stall. I don’t know what I would do without them…Hope my husband is reading this!! hint hint!!

Back in Sydney, I used to make necklaces and sell them at a market in Mosman. It was never about selling though, it was all about catching up with friends, eating and shopping. Except for the Thailand heat, it feels almost like that here at Bangkok Farmers market. Ah, the good old days…!

Busy packing before the market.

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I had a new item to sell at the February market and it was really exciting to hear all the great feedback! My new “Green papaya” kimchi! It’s a mix of the crunchiness of green papaya together with Kimchi sauce! A great combination!!

 

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My organic kimchi!

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My bibimbap stand which comes with organic brown rice! Very healthy…

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Making hodduk(cinnamon pancake) – a lot of people are often surprised to know that this is a popular Korean street snack food!

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The cooking classes are getting a lot of interest, especially Kimchi making class. I love meeting people who have the same passion as I do about cooking or are just curious about Korean food. I’ll be starting regular monthly classes soon so get in early to avoid disappointment!

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I will be back at the March Bangkok Farmer market (15th & 29th). If I have time, I will take my friends suggestion and try making green mango kimchi as well this time. That should be an interesting flavor mix. Be sure to come and visit if you are in Bangkok!

 

 

 

 

Bangkok Farmers Market food tasting

Bangkok Farmers Market food tasting

Six years ago I tagged along to see a fortune teller with my brother in Seoul. It was just for fun but it was quite amazing how the fortune teller told me so much about myself just by my name, date of birth and my face. One of the distinct points she mentioned was not to go into the food business. But my passion for food and sharing my skills with other people won over and I ignored her advice and started Nicky’s Kitchen cooking school.

My next mile stone is about to occur this weekend at the Bangkok Farmers market at K-Village. I will be cooking a variety of Korean dishes to sell. Before the real deal though, I decided to do a test run and invited a few friends for a tasting session.

We set up a pretend stall to see what it would be like. Below are my two lovely assistants who will be helping this weekend! 

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Seafood pancake and home made kimchi for tasting!

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Cooking two Seafood pancakes at once!

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Korean sweet pancake – aka hodduk was very popular!

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Tasting time… these are delicious!!

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If you are in Bangkok, we hope to see you this weekend!

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In Korean….

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Bibimbap hunting in Bangkok

Bibimbap hunting in Bangkok

It’s been 7 months since I moved from Singapore to Bangkok and I had kind of given up on eating out in Korean restaurants. Looking at the Korean grocery shops here, I didn’t think a lot of people did much cooking or enjoyed eating good Korean food.

I passed by what it looked a like restaurant chain bibimbap place near Emporium shopping centre in Bangkok 5 months ago, but I never gave it a chance. A restaurant chain bibimbap place in Bangkok? I probably can make a better one at home myself. After that, I never gave it another thought until last week. I was heading over to a Korean grocery shop do prepare for a big Korean feast at home with some friends visiting from Singapore. It was almost 2 o’clock and I haven’t eaten and I noticed the bibimbap place.  Out of desperation, I thought I will give it a go. What a surprise….. I actually went back again with my husband last week to get him to try and also try a few other dishes.

  • Octopus bibimbap (Nak ji bibimbap – 낙지 비빔밥)

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  • Fish row bibimbap (Al bibimbap – 알비빔밥)

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  • Chilli beef soup (Yuk ge Jang – 육계장)

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Despite being a chain restaurant, bibimbap had all the right ingredients and the hot stone was hot enough to sizzle the rice on the bottom. The side dishes were delicious. The kimchi was just ripe and crunchy, the dry fish had enough seasoning, the fish cake was good enough but  brocoli with chilli sauce was a bit too spicey. The bibimbap came with a radish soup which had a deep stock and radish flavour.

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For the Thais’ who have not tried bibimbap, it even has an instruction on how to eat bibimbap in a hot stone. This way you get to enjoy the crusty rice on the bottom of the bowl.

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Inside the restaurant was clean and staff were friendly.

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I will be back for their dessert, red bean with shaved ice.

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They offer not just bibimbap but different types of stews and meat dishes.

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The entrance to the restaurant which has display of different dishes.

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If you are in Bangkok and interested in some Korean food, this one gets my 3 out of 5 stars!

 

The Bibimbap (two other stores in Bangkok)

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I just found a black bean noodle restaurant today so my review will be coming soon!

 

An-nyung Korea!

An-nyung Korea!

I received an email today from a Korean reporter who has published a story on the An-nyung Korea event in Singapore last August. I was working at this event demonstrating how to make bibimbap (비빔밥) and dduk bok yi (떡복이). I can’t believe I made to Korean TV!!!!  If you want a glimpse of the report, click here. It’s in Korean, but I am sure you can get the gist.

Here are some pictures of the event.

 

Getting ready for the cooking demonstration!

 

 Ingredients for bibimbap.

 

Beautiful colour and healthy dish….

 

Now, time for the next dish. Dduk bok yi!

 

It’s ready! Looks spicy… 🙂

 

Time for tasting!

Simply Her September issue

Simply Her September issue

I was very excited to be invited to contribute a recipe in the September issue of Simply Her magazine. My first magazine interview and photo session!  Now I know how the photo shoots are done in magazines.

 

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A month later, here are the photos and the recipe. They look fantastic, don’t they?

 

 

 

My recipe is in the Home and Kids Cooking class section (page 156).  5 minutes of fame!  ^_^

Korean cooking class – bibimbap

Korean cooking class – bibimbap

I really enjoy cooking and eating like all food bloggers but most of all  I really enjoy teaching cooking. Every time I see my students enjoying their creation at the end of the class, it makes me even happier.

Here is short clip of  my Korean cooking class at Korean Tourism Singapore yesterday teaching bibimbap (비빔밥). Enjoy!

 

 

 

Korea town – Sydney Australia

Korea town – Sydney Australia

I was back in Sydney visiting family and friends a few weeks ago and took some snap shots of an area that I grew up called Strathfield. My family moved to this area when we first moved from Korea. Strathfield has a lot of Koreans and therefore a lot of the shops cater to the Korean community. Sometimes, I felt I was in Korea rather than Australia.

I went to my favorite Korean restaurant at Strathfiled Plaza called Tomoya (Korean/Japanese) and had a lovely lunch with my family. The silken tofu soup wasn’t up to the usual standard according my father but my hot stone bibimbap with fish row was amazing!

While we were in Sydney, the weather was amazing. It was not too hot and we had an amazing clear blue sky every day except our final day. The weather turned completely and it was like being in winter so I was craving for a hot and spicy soup to warm me up. My brother recommended a restaurant tucked away in a sports club called “Red Pepper @ Strathfield”. They had an incredible kimchi jjige cooked with pork ribs and I also highly recommend the chilli fried chicken (yang nyum chicken). It was so crunch and spicy. I loved it…Drop by if you are around the area! 🙂

Red Pepper @ Strathfield restaurant

Address: 45 The Boulevard  Strathfield Sydney, Australia   Tel: +61-9746 7500

Korea town in Kuala Lumpur

Korea town in Kuala Lumpur

I really enjoy  discovering “Korea towns” in different cities when I travel and sharing my little discoveries with everyone through my blog. As I travel quite frequently, I am starting to see a big difference in various cities.

My last exploration was in Kuala Lumpur(KL), Malaysia. I used to live in KL 7 years ago and never noticed how many Korean restaurants or grocery store there were. According to my research, there are more than 20,000 Koreans living in KL so its only natural that a “Korea town” would pop up.

My adventure started with a 20 minute taxi ride from KL city  to an area called “Sri Hartamas”. If you only spoke Korean then you could survive in this suburb :-). There were at least two Korean supermarkets in the area, many Korean restaurants and countless hair dressers (Why are there so many hairdressers?? – Are we that vain that we need to look our best when we are grocery shopping?!).

My first pit stop was Seoul Mart. What I really liked about this Korean supermarket was that they had fresh vegetables and fruit directly from Korea.

You can see Korean zucchinis, mandarins and apples as well as Korean squid and frozen fish .

I was curious to find out what else this supermarket had so I tested them by asking if they had a cold medicine called “contact 600”. (This is a famous brand and works wonders  for a cold) To my surprise,  the grocer had some for sale on the counter. So with only a 1 hour flight or 5 hour coach ride from Singapore I can now get my Korea fix! They had everything except the Korean weather…..

I was getting a little hungry so the owner of the Seoul Mart pointed me to a restaurant upstairs from the grocery store called Daore. The name of the restaurant in Korean means “Come everyone”. Strange name for a restaurant but I guess it makes sense, right? 🙂

I ordered a hot stone bowl bibimbap (dol sot bibimbap – 돌솥 비빔밥) which is a perfect lunch dish when you need a lot of energy for exploring a city. Koreans usually have dol sot bibimbap in winter,. It’s normally too hot to have in Malaysia or Singapore but the aircon in the restaurant was strong enough to make me wish I had brought a scarf.

The meal was served with many delicious side dishes. I had to resist not to eat too much of these before the dol sot bibimbap arrived. The kimchi tasted and looked authentic, and the cabbage salad was amazingly refreshing.

After a nice lunch, I went further down the street and found a Korean rice cake shop. Yum – My favourite! But unfortunately they  had moved and no matter what  way I looked at the directions , I couldn’t find the new shop. Later I found out they have not yet opened at the new address.. 🙁  If you ever around the area and find it, drop by to check it out and let me know.

Around the block from the Seoul Mart, is another grocery stored called “Lotte Mart” and a number of other Korean run stores.

I will be back in KL again soon to do more shopping. I am also organising Korean cooking class in KL soon, so I will keep you posted. Hope to see you there soon! ^_^

Kids love vegetables!

Kids love vegetables!

When I received an email from the girlscouts leader at North View High School about conducting a cooking lesson, I was over the moon. Firstly, I was surprised the school was so creative on offering different activities and secondly, a chance to teach at a local Singapore school for the first time.

When I arrived, I was amazed at how well equipped the school was and how great they were in helping me to set up.

Most of the students had never tried Korean food and I was curious to see if they were going to eat any of the food they cooked.  The majority of the students admitted that they eat McDonald 2-3 times a week so I squeezed some healthy eating tips into my lesson as well.

We cooked two dishes. First we started off with soybean sprout salad and then we cooked bibimbap. The objective of the session was for the students to learn stir frying and boiling. I also stressed the importance of food presentation  as this was going to be one of the key points for picking a winner. I was surprised to learn that some of the students had never seen soybean sprouts or tasted them before.

Check out the soybean sprout salad that the students made – they were so proud!

Next was bibimbap with lots of cutting and stir frying of vegetables!!


Then came the time to pick the winner! The judges were the home economics teacher, the girls scout teacher and myself. As we couldn’t try all their food, we based the winner on presentation. It was so hard to choose just one so we ended up picking two instead!


First winner: We chose this plate as they showed initiative in creativity and colours.

2nd winner: This winner was picked as it had the best cut and plated vegetables and was very clean.

Seeing all the students eating what they cooked was the most enjoyable part for me. Thanks to North View Secondary School for an opportunity to spread healthy eating life style to the kids! 🙂

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!