Korea is a small country, but its cuisine has a remarkable depth, variety, and thoughtfulness about it, a fact seen in one its most well-known dishes, bibimbap. The bibimbap that most people experience—the one with rice mixed with vegetables, meat, and gochujang—is but just one type. …
I just went through and edited some video clips I had from my trip last year to Japan. I lost a bunch of files when my hard drive failed and I thought I lost these videos but fortunately, I found another backup somewhere (unfortunately, most of my Korea videos are gone though).
Anyways, making this video made me want to go back to Japan. It's a special country, one that leaves an indelible impression on you. I'd love to go back when I can.
There were quite a few restaurants I included in the video. A few of them, I made quick blog posts about while I was in my hotel and dealing with jetlag. I should go back and update them in more detail but for the time being, check these out:
There are a lot of Korean restaurants in Maryland. In fact, nowadays, there are restaurants specializing in almost everything: Korean BBQ, desserts and coffee, Korean-Chinese food, Korean bars and bar food, etc… And you may pass by Jongkak, one of the few restaurants remaining in Baltimore’s Koreatown, and think it’s your typical Korean restaurant—after all, it doesn’t look particularly special from the outside. But it truly is a unique and special place: as far as I’m aware, there is no other Korean restaurant in Maryland that allows you to cook your BBQ over charcoal fire or “soot-bool” (숯불) as it’s known in Korean. That alone is worth a trip to Jongkak.…
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.