Ramen burger – L & L Hawaiian barbecue

ramen burger

“It’s so tasty… you gotta try it!”

What screams deliciousness more than a ramen burger?!?!  Bbq’ed chicken and greens sandwiched between chewy fried ramen noodles. Need I say more? Whoever thought of this was a genius!

So where do you get one you are asking.  Well, unfortunately or fortunately, they are sold in Hawaii at the L&L Hawaiian Barbecue restaurant chain. If you didn’t have a reason to go to Hawaii before, now you do!

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My fabulous friend, who lives in Hawaii, got married and my equally fabulous friend took me along as a surprise.  We had a fabulous week filled with fun, friends, family and food! It was… fabulous!

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So one day, in the midst of last minute wedding errands, we saw this advertisement:

Ramen burger

How could we not stop and try one?  And while we were at it, why not try them all?  (Except the vegetarian patty of course!)

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Now just in case you thought we threw all caution to the wind and ate three burgers, we were conscientious that the bride-to-be had a pretty white gown to be in, so we cut the three burgers in thirds and sampled them all.  The beef patty was good, the loco moco, which has a fried egg on top, was better, but the bbq chicken was the best.  It was almost too much deliciousness in one bite!

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They were so good, we got the t-shirt!  Now to try and make them at home!


Canadian?

Canadian

Kyah’s response to this answer of mine: How can I be 200% Mom?!?

I find this a tricky question to answer.  The kids are all born in Canada and are Canadian.  I am also born in Canada but my parents are both from Holland but Canadian citizens.  The kids Apa is Korean and not a Canadian citizen.

How would you answer this?

Bulgogi – Korean bbq beef

bulgogi

Here it is!
The quintessential Korean recipe.  Sweet and salty, thinly sliced beef, bbq’ed to perfection! If there is no other recipe on the blog that you think you might even remotely enjoy, this one you will!  I promise.  Throw it on the bbq with some veggies, wrap it up in lettuce, pair it with kimchi, and you will be in Korean-food-heaven!

The reason I haven’t posted this before is,  in the midst of prepping, bbq’ing and serving it up for my family, I never managed to get a picture.  I admit this one isn’t the greatest, but it is a picture nonetheless.  So here it is, the recipe you have been waiting for (even if you didn’t know it!)

Bulgogi – Korean bbq beef

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean beef - I use anything I can get for a decent price - tenderloin, inside round, outside round
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 5 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce

Instructions

  1. Slice the meat as thin as possible. - You can ask your butcher to do this. My mom has a meat slicer so I freeze my meat, let it thaw a little and then slice it as crazy thin as I can. Thin = delicious!
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and let marinade as long as you can.
  3. BBQ! - I usually put a cooling rack on the grill so I don't lose small pieces.
  4. Wrap up in lettuce and enjoy!
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Father’s day – Bell pepper side dish

Father's day

Happy Father’s day!

In honour of Father’s day, my yobo got to pick what he wanted to eat for dinner.  His request: sam gyup sal – pork belly bbq! Nothing says ‘I love you’ like three layers of fat on side pork! :)

sam gyup sal

Sam gyup sal is served up with different side dishes so I also whipped up a batch of kamja jo rim – a potato side dish - sweet and salty potato dish that I could devour all on my own.

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and I made him a spicy red bell pepper side dish to enjoy along side his kimchi.

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The bell peppers added a nice sweetness to this in contrast to the green onions. It was fabulous… because he is fabulous!

Bell pepper side dish

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 green onions
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp hot pepper powder

Instructions

  1. Slice the red bell pepper thinly
  2. Slice the green onions thinly as well.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients
  4. Pour over the peppers and onions and mix well
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Korean bazaar

My favourite day?  Korean bazaar Saturday at the local Korean church!  Here is why… street food!  It is also a great opportunity to practice my Korean.  It always impresses them when I can barter in Korean.

spicy pork pancake

The Korean ladies from the church work hard and cook up a storm, like this yummy spicy pork pancake!

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bazaar

We scored the very last bag of homemade kimchi from the fabulous Kimchi-Ajumma!

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I figure the lady that makes the best kimchi in the church is the one who is asked to make it for the sale so it is going to be delicious!

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The kids devoured their tornado potato! Interesting fact: did you know these were invented in Korea?  No, really, they were! :)

They also had kimbap… but it was gone before I could get my camera out!

My yobo enjoys the garage sale portion of the bazaar.  This is where we got our Korean bible verse last year.  Unfortunately for my yobo, he hardly got to buy anything, I spent all our money on Korean food. Next year…

Do you love Korean street food?  I’ll give you a heads up next year when the bazaar is happening and you can join us there!

Street food in Korea (and China)

I love street food.  One of the reasons I was so excited to go back to Korea, besides visiting family and showing the kids their father’s homeland, was to eat lots and lots of street food… and we did!

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This is a typical food stand in Seoul.  You can enjoy kimbap, spicy rice cakes and all kinds of deep fried yumminess here.

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Glass noodles wrapped in seaweed, dipped in batter and deep fried… YUM!

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This is us enjoying our first ‘meal’ in Korea.

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The kids ate lots and lots of kimbap!

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I really like pancakes and I was obsessed with eating hoddeok, pancakes stuffed with sugar and nuts, everyday!

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We also discovered a savoury pancake sold on the streets that was stuffed with noodles and veggies.  We had to try those as well!

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Yummy! (We did need to take our street food indoors this day as it was cold and rainy.)

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We also had fabulous street food in Shanghai.  We enjoyed some yummy onion pancakes…

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and bbq’ed squid, of course!

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The kids got to try sugar cane for the first time.

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My brother ordered us Chinese-style shawarma that were delicious!

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Nothing beats eating on the street with cousins!

We also ate lots of different foods on a stick – bbq’ed chicken, deep fried chicken, and sausages to name a few. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures :( Now to try and make a few of these myself.

Our big trip to Korea (and China)

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All excited and ready to go!

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Along the Bund in Shanghai with cousins.

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Namdaemun, the south gate, in Seoul

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Hanging out with Halmoni, the reason for the trip!

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A pagoda up the hill from Halmoni’s house

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The Korean war memorial museum

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The spot we got engaged (13.5 years later)!

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Family, friends and food!

A food post to come next :)

Bacon

Bacon comic

I had to explain to Taron that this is not how we get bacon from pigs.  He couldn’t believe that farmers killed their pigs to get the bacon.  “Then how will they get more bacon?” he asked.

He still doesn’t totally get it.  The other day he was explaining to a friend that “pigs lay bacon two times then the farmer has to kill them.” :)

Sweet stuffed pancakes – Hoddeok

Hoddeok - stuffed pancakes

These are a pancake lovers dream come true – pancakes stuffed with brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts.  Hot, gooey and so so yummy!

I have been craving these for a while.  Ever since I had them in the summer time, I have been dreaming about making them.  I know, I know, some people dream of climbing Mt. Everest.  Not me, I dream of pancakes!   They are little more time consuming than normal pancakes, so once the fall-back-to-school-thanksgiving-christmas-new-years dust had settled,  I finally tackled them!

I must confess that I devoured more than my fair share of these.  And the next night, I made them again!  I think they would also be delicious for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee. But that would mean waking up early… mehh!

The time you need: 1.5 hours       Yield: 8 pancakes

The things you need:

  • 1 cup lukewarm water (I usually do it on the warmer side)
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups flour (I used whole wheat flour… I felt less guilty eating so many! :))
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp chopped nuts (I used almonds)

The how to:

  • In a bowl, put 1 cup of warm water, white sugar, yeast, salt and oil
  • Mix the ingredients well
  • Add the flour and mix it all together

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  • Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise (I heat my oven for a few minutes and then turn the light on… and turn the oven off, and let it rise in there)
  • While to dough is rising, make the filling: mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts together in a small bowl
  • After about an hour it should have doubled in size.
  • Knead the dough a little to release the bubbles
  • Cover again and let it continue to rise 10-20 minutes
  • Flour a clean surface (important step!) and knead the dough.

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  • Divide into 8 balls

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  • Flatten the ball in your hand, fill the center as full as you can, and close it up.

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  • Lightly oil a pan on medium heat and place a ball on the pan
  • Let it fry for 30 seconds or so and flip it over and flatten it out… like a pancake

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  • Flip it over again and fry until golden brown
  • Eat hot and enjoy! :)

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“Oh so good!” – the troops approve!

Recipe from Maangchi.com