Posts Tagged ‘Korean’

Also known as “throw everything in the pot/bowl” meal. But since it’s October … Hee hee.

To begin, yesterday’s massive plate lunch.

Plate Lunch

Bulgogi, galbi, BBQ chicken, sides, and rice. Enough for at least 2 1/2 (or more) meals. Warehouse owner continues to support small business customers by partially paying for Wednesday lunches. Good deal.

The Mouse’s bowl last night, a little bit of lunch, a little bit of roast pork and char siu (see previous post), a little bit of freezer vegetable, and a little bit of freezer won ton.¬†

The Mouse’s Bowl

Nom! Missing two bolts, lightening, and kamaboko. Hee hee.

For color, The Mouse’s fruit dish.


Yellow kiwi and Mandarin orange. ūüôā

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse


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Ready to Eat

Quick stop at the Korean grocery store on the home commute.

Spicy Tofu


Omelet Roll

Nom! ūüôā

Pau for now.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Not really, planned to stop in to look for The Cat’s Valentine’s Day gift, part of it anyway.¬†But, a food tour of Seoul was on the Travel Channel.

Saturday, for most of the day, freak shower and wind weather. First Korean grocery store in Kalihi didn’t have the item I was looking for. The branch near Ala Moana did. More on that next time.

Lunch was at the grocery store, it was already past lunch time.

Bi Bim Bap

Bi Bim Bap

Pretty good being in a styrofoam container. Definitely order again.

Kimchi and Gojiuang Sauce

Kimchi and Gojiuang Sauce

Ate the kimchi, took the Guojujang sauce home for a future dish.

Seaweed Soup

Seaweed Soup

Came with the order, not the greatest, but since it came with the order … ok.

Also order a fried potato thingy.

Spiral Cut Potato Thingy

Spiral Cut Potato Thingy

Cross between a chip and french fry. Not sure if this was Korean, Good though.

Part 2 tomorrow.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Just cleaning out the camera. Things that are not quite enough for a post on their own but worth looking at. ūüôā

Our credit union was selling these crunch bars for charity.

Big Island Crunch Bar

Picked one up (it’s for charity).

Big Island Crunch Bar

It’s like eating a giant crispy rice bar (chocolate flavored and chocolate covered). Too bad it wasn’t dark chocolate.

A tasty treat and doing something (a little) good for the community.

A few plates while The Cat is away (it’s hard to cook for one, unless it’s peanut butter sandwiches).


Here’s the location.

Barbecue Short Ribs and Lemongrass Chicken

Now that my braces are off, I can gnaw on the bones (just thought you’d like to know).

Read about this place on Yelp.com.


Important Information

Ordered one of their combo plates.

Fish Jun and BBQ Chicken

Shoyu potato, tofu, burdock root, and egg omelet for sides. Enough for two meals.

Last, but not least.


Sorry, didn’t have my camera with me, the package substituted for the sign. The company is owned by a friend of a friend.

Pork Adobo, Pinakbet, and Kare-Kare

Pinakbet is like mixed vegetable stew, and Kare-Kare is beef stew in a peanut sauce. Another dish that lasted two meals.

A united nations selection of meals.


The Mouse

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Trying New Foods

Both The Cat and I are open to trying different foods (within reason).¬† The Cat’s grandfather, on her father’s side, operated a western style restaurant in Shanghai many, many moons ago.¬† Her father liked eating non-Chinese foods when he could.¬† When I was little, I was exposed to different dishes by my relatives which I never saw before.¬† Sometimes I was not give a choice of other¬†dishes (“eat or starve” lol).¬† Sometimes, to refuse to try would have been perceived as rude.


A couple of months ago, we ran out of miso paste.¬† We don’t use miso paste often, so it was not a high priority to replace it.¬† However, one day, I was¬†at the Korean market.¬† There was a sale on soybean paste.¬† I asked the shopper next to me, an older Korean lady, if this was the same as miso.¬† She said yes.¬† So, in it went into my basket.¬† At home we discovered it was not miso.¬† Although it was similar, it¬†wasn’t miso.¬† I probably misunderstood her.¬† We think its doenjang, a Korean fermented soybean paste.¬† Here’s the Wikipedia explanation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doenjang.¬† The recipes I found on the internet included beef or shrimp as the meat and assorted vegetables such as potatoes and zucchini.¬† Beef is not one of The Cat’s favorite meats so, the container went to the back of the refrigerator until we could figure out what to do with it.

Korean Soybean Paste

The Stars Align

The last weekend, in looking through our refrigerator, there was a Chinese squash that our friend gave us (it was part of the green onions and eggplant bounty).¬† We still had a piece of pork belly in the freezer.¬†¬†We also had dried¬†mushrooms (we almost always have dried mushrooms in our pantry).¬† Now, what kind of¬†seasonings to flavor the stew.¬† Back of our refrig, I saw the lonely container of doenjang calling out to “use me.”¬†¬† The Chinese squash could be substituted for zucchini.¬† It would not be authentic, but something edible.

  • The pork belly was cut similar in size in making shoyu pork.
  • The squash was peeled, quartered, and sliced¬†one inch thick.
  • The mushrooms were rehydrated, and the water and mushrooms were set to simmer.
  • Pork belly was browned and added to the mushroom broth.
  • The Korean soybean paste (about¬†two-and-a-half tablespoons)¬†was added to the broth.
  • One garlic clove, chopped, a pinch of salt, and about two teaspoons of sugar was added, and the pork¬†simmered for about 35 minutes.
  • The squash was added and the stew¬†simmered for another 25 minutes.

The stew was served with bamboo infused rice, and Chinese white stemmed cabbage that was boiled in water with mushroom bouillon (from the health food store).  Sorry, the picture was taken in a hurry.  The Cat was hungry.

Pork, Squash, and Mushroom Stew with Korean Soybean Paste

The Verdict

At first taste, I liked it more than The Cat.¬† She wasn’t used to the taste (kind of salty, earthy).¬† As she ate more and took it for lunch the next day, she became more accustomed to the taste and started to like it.


The doenjang The Cat of a Chinese salted soybean product that she had in Shanghai.¬† The Wikipedia article noted that the paste could be eaten as a condiment.¬†¬† The taste kind of reminds me of¬† Vegemite or Marmite that a cousin brought back once¬†from wherever she was at the time a long time ago.¬† Like Vegemite or Marmite, I’ve tried¬†on buttered toast¬†which I think works (much to the horror of The Cat).

Enjoy ūüôā

The Mouse added a new dish to his quiver.

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