Gujung celebration

Gujung celebration

Hope everyone had a fantastic Chinese New Year celebration!

This year, I threw a big dinner party introducing  Gujung (Korean New Year) to friends  in Bangkok. I wasn’t sure what their reaction would be serving rice cake soup (dduk guk-click for the recipe) but most people seemed to enjoy it.

Here are some of the photos from the Gujung night…

 

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I have never made this much ddukguk in my life!!

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Some of the essential dishes for Gujung!

  • Fried fish

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  • Fried Zucchinis

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  • Japche

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If you want to read more about Korean Gujung, check out the The Epoch Times Newspaper.  I am a regular contributor now.  It’s fun writing about Korean food and culture. Check out my first article, my best friend’s daughter’s my cute model here!

January article (click the link to open the file)

 

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Korean cooking class – teaching 45 ladies!

Korean cooking class – teaching 45 ladies!

For the second year in a row, I shared a joy of Korean cooking with 45 Singaporean ladies. Due to the size of the class, there was lots and lots of preparation required beforehand. Trying to buy ingredients for 45 students is not easy!

I taught two dishes – Seafood pancake (해물 파전) and Japche (잡채). Seafood pancake is an all time favorite for any Korean food lover. Jap che is considered a special dish in Korea as it is mostly served only on a special occasion, eg: birthday parties, house warming, etc.

I’m not sure what I would have done without my staff who organised everything behind the scenes. Special thanks to Christina!

Registration for the class starting…

 

Waiting for the class to start.

I always share how I became a teacher of Korean cooking with my students. Also, it’s all about having fun!

Today’s menu- Seafood pancake(해물 파전) & Jap che (잡채). I am holding  a bottle of Korean sesame seeds by CJ Korea. It’s really top quality. Luckily these are all available throughout Singapore Fairprice supermarkets and it’s really good stuff!

Time to show everyone how it is done. With a big class like this, I always start with a demo first then assist everyone with the hands on.

One of the most exciting section for the students – lucky door prize. Thanks to my sponsors, Luminarc and CJ Korea!

First, Korean ingredients as lucky door prizes by CK Korea.

Winners are….

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Then, glassware and dinner sets by Luminarc. Second lot of winners are….

Time for the real fun – first dish, seafood pancake!

To make a nice thin and round pancake – you have to press it down!

How beautiful is this pancake!!

Next dish is japche – Korean sweet potato noodles with various vegetables.

Finally….

It was a big day for me but seeing all the students smiling and enjoying their food they cooked make me forget how tired I was!

Thank you everyone for having a great time!  As my staff described the day, it wasn’t working, it was pure fun!

Check out the July schedule for regular classes and if you are interested in a team building or cooking party, drop me an email!

CJ Korea competition winner

CJ Korea competition winner

In February, I announced a little contest sponsored by CJ Korea. I asked my Korean food lovers to send in photos of their Korean cooking using CJ’s ingredients.

Thank you everyone for sending all your photos! It was difficult to pick just one winner as they all looked so good!. The winner is Evelyn Y who sent in a photo of Japche(잡채) using CJ’s noodle (dang myun- 당면). I will be in touch with Evelyn to follow up on the prize. Congratulations!

 

 

 

Point and Click

Point and Click

My husband arranged a private photo lesson as my birthday present. I have a little point and click digital camera. I couldn’t believe how wonderful the food looked when you know  the tricks of the trade. Can you believe that food magazines and books use hair spray on food to make it look amazing? Very disappointing… I promise all my photos are genuine.

My teacher and I started using a white plate with strawberries and blueberries.  It was a lesson in colour contrast and lighting to create a 3D effects.

Next was a plate called Jap che (잡채), Korean vermicelli noodles with vegetables. This was interesting because it was not like the strawberries and blueberries. It was hard to capture  the textures and colours.


If you are interested in photography, check out Mark Stennett Photography at www.markstennett.com.  Thanks to Mark for being patient with me!  By the way, I need a new camera, don’t tell my husband!! 🙂

My husband’s birthday dinner

My husband’s birthday dinner

Apologies for posting this one so late. My husband’s birthday was in November and I am only now posting photos of his birthday dinner.

I decided to cook  only traditional Korean birthday dishes for my husband, without even asking him what he wanted for his party. We invited a group of our friends and it was interesting to see the different responses from all the dishes I cooked.

The first dish is called “hwang-te gui” (황태 구이). I tried to find an English name for this dish but no luck. Hwang-te is a dried fish and is normally cooked in a chilli sauce with garlic. Koreans eat this on special occasions and it’s also served with beers at pubs.

The second dish which turned out great is sweet and sour chicken (kkan-pung-gi-깐풍기). It’s a chinese dish but its also very popular in Korea. It’s fried crispy and mixed with sweet and sour sauce.

The next photo has 3 different types of dishes in one. The first one on the left is mung bean pancake(빈대떡). The one in the middle is fried fish(생선전) and the last one on the right is fried zucchinis(호박전). You will find these at a birthday dinner all the time. I remember cooking these whenever it was my father’s birthday or some other festive occasion (New Year, Thanksgiving, etc).

The most important dish out of all for a birthday is seaweed soup – mi yek guk (미역국). This soup can be cooked with beef or mussels although personally I prefer it with mussels. The shop is normally given to new mother for about a month after giving birth. It is supposed to aid with breast feeding. So to symbolise your birth and your mother’s hard work, it’s a must dish that you eat it on your birthday.

The other dishes I cooked were sweet poato glass noodles(jap che -잡채) and acorn jelly salad (도토리묵). Out of all the dishes I cooked, sweet and sour chicken was the most popular dish then followed by  the noodles.  It’s always great to see my friends enjoying my food!