About thirty minutes outside of Baltimore lies the community of Ellicott City. It’s home to a sizable Korean population—in fact, in 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan dedicated a stretch of Route 40 as “Korean Way.” There are over 166 Korean-owned businesses there and the influx of these businesses has been recognized for revitalizing this stretch of highway. There’s even talk now of designating it as an official Koreatown.…
So I found a bunch of old video clips that I took back when I was starting to explore video making but still had no idea what I was doing (I still don’t lol). I figured I’d edit them and put them up here anyways. So this video is about Charm City Night Market, a festival in Baltimore that celebrates Baltimore’s historic Chinatown and the AAPI community that calls the city and its surrounding areas home.…
So turns out I have a lot of old video clips that I should convert into videos, so I’m going to try to post a video here and on YouTube every Monday.
This video, however, isn’t that old. It’s from the @masarapbmore popup held at @faden.sonnen a few weeks ago. @Chefreyeugenio was cooking in the beirgarten tent and those who came by were rewarded with delicious Filipino foods.…
This past Sunday, I went to Bethesda to visit one of my favorite restaurants in the area: Q by Peter Chang. Although I’ve been there many times now, I didn’t really know what to expect on this particular visit: it was a special event celebrating the Lunar New Year.…
If you lived in Ellicott City and craved Vietnamese food or pho at some point in time, chances are you’ve eaten (or at least heard of) Pho No. 1 simply because it’s one of the OG pho places in the area. The restaurant, located in the Westview shopping center off Baltimore National Pike, opened around the time pho started becoming popular.
The menu at Pho No. 1 is very extensive–there are well over 100 menu items, ranging from starters like spring rolls to rice dishes to, of course, pho.…
Go to any ethnic restaurant and you’ll often find dishes that have become synonymous with that culture’s food. Ramen. Korean BBQ. Pho. Pad Thai. They’re famous for a reason; they’re delicious and are easily approachable to even the most timid of eaters.
But it’s easy to forget that these cultures have so many other culinary treasures, some of which are dishes more commonly eaten at home than at restaurants.
Gang Jued Woon Sen is one such example. It’s a mild soup that is usually either served with a spicy dish or eaten on its own as a meal. But I didn’t know this dish existed until I asked my blogger friend Pam (of P&H Eats) what was one of the most meaningful dishes she had growing up.
It’s a dish with an emotional connection for her. She remembers how, as a little girl, she was crying inconsolably because her parents were away at the hospital, giving birth to her sister. Her grandmother made this soup and gave it to her at the top of the stairs, even though her family always ate at the dinner table.
Anyhow, below is her recipe for the soup. Be sure to check the recipe video where she tells her story about this dish too!
Gang Jued Woon Sen
- 10 c water
- 1.5 lbs chicken thighs with skin Can also use 4-6 chicken drumsticks.
- 4 tsp light soy sauce
- 1 piece ginger ~1.5 inches in length, roughly chopped.
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 4 tsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Chicken (low sodium) optional
- 2 packs bean thread noodles
- 1 lbs ground pork
- 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
- 1 c shredded zucchini
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp thin soy sauce
- 1 large egg
- green onion
- 1/4 head napa cabbage
- Soak bean thread noodles in warm water for about 20 minutes (or until noodles are pliable).
- Combine chicken, ginger, minced garlic, thin soy sauce, and fish sauce with 10 cups cold water. Bring to boil, then cover with lid on medium high heat for approximately 20 mins.
- Wash and cut napa cabbage into small, 1/2 inch long pieces.
- Shred zucchini, squeeze out excess moisture in paper towel.
- Add zucchini, 2 tbs minced garlic, white pepper, egg, and soy sauce, to ground pork. Mix well.
- Using the palms of your hands, form small flat "meat balls" (~1.5 inches in diameter)
Finishing the dish
- Once the broth is boiling, gently place in the meatballs to cook.
- Add in the pliable bean thread noodles and napa cabbage a few minutes before serving.
- Garnish with cilantro and/or chopped green onions.
This is tteokgalbi (떡갈비), a dish that literally translates to rice cake (“tteok”) ribs (“galbi”). The name is a bit of a misnomer, though: rice cakes are actually not used in the dish. Instead, the name is a reference to how the meat patties are kneaded and shaped like rice cakes are.
It’s a dish that is a part of Korean royal cuisine. Back in the day, it was considered not proper for the king to eat galbi off the bone so instead, the meat would be separated from the bone, minced, and formed into patties for easy eating.
Though galbi is getting more and more popular outside of Korea, tteokgalbi is still relatively unknown. But it shouldn’t be: it’s delicious and, apart from mincing the meat, is a fairly easy recipe to make. (Although not traditional, you could substitute the expensive short rib cut for ground beef or pork to save time and money). I finished mine with a glaze consisting of soy sauce, honey, and Gotham Grove ’s amazing sesame seed oil (btw I’m not paid to say that lol …just love their products).
If you’re interested in making it, check out the recipe on my friend Hyosun ‘s website!
This is Steph (IG: @chinadollbaltimore). She’s a friend and a talented baker—she even made her own birthday cake featured here—and she’s also the founder/organizer of the upcoming Charm City Night Market (IG: @charmcitynightmarket) being held on Sept 22 (Sat) from 4PM to 11PM.
After learning about how Baltimore once had a vibrant Chinatown community along Park Avenue in Mount Vernon, Steph was inspired to do something that would not only share the stories of the immigrants who made this city their home but also showcase the amazing things Asian-American community is doing today. This desire led to the formation of a group who would eventually organize and develop the Charm City Night Market.
These passionate individuals have worked extremely hard to make this dream a reality and in one week, the inaugural Charm City Night Market will open its doors to the public! There will be many artists, vendors, and performances. And food from a lot of awesome places, including Baltimore’s beloved Ekiben and newly minted Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant Kaliwa !
Anyways, if you are in the area, please support Steph and all of the other awesome people and vendors and restaurants involved with this event. You can find (free) tickets here at eventbrite.com but you can also pay for a VIP pass that gains you access to additional food and drinks. You can find more information about Charm City Night Market on their website as well.
Korean food has a reputation for being red and spicy, but did you know that the red pepper is actually not native to Korea? It was introduced through trade in the 1600s… since then, Koreans definitely turned it into something uniquely their own. One such ingredient, gochugaru, is a powder made from dried chili peppers and is an essential Korean kitchen ingredient.
Food memories are a strong and beautiful thing. A small bite or a fleeting scent is enough to transport someone to an earlier time. It’s true for everybody, but perhaps as diners, we overlook its importance in chefs and cooks as well. That’s why the Hubei Tasting Dinner at Q by Peter Chang was special.