An ohhh so yummy Korean beef taco. Tender sweet Korean beef with a tangy Asian slaw and spicy gojuchang… you will be licking your plate looking for more!
I have been dreaming of these delicious Korean tacos and sunny California beaches since the weather turned and it has been wet windy here. I’ve never made it to Korea town in California but I hear they have the best Mexican Korean fusion. So while we save up airmiles to make a foodie trip to LA, I’ll just whip us these, crank up the heat and enjoy a little taste of it at home. Mind you, the cost of heating the house might be similar to the airfare… hmmm…. need to think this through! 🙂
If you have made this delectable Korean beef roast, these tacos are a great left over meal if you managed to wrestle any beef away from the family as they devoured it. It is also totally worth it to cook up a big beef roast just for this dish!
A gratifying taste experience! With notes of garlic, soy and sweetness, this slow cooked beef pot roast is delightfully delectable!
The weather has turned, the days are shorter, the house is colder and fall is definitely here and here to stay. That means the lawn chairs should be stored in the shed and the furnace needs to be turned on, the BBQ is under cover and it is time to pull out and dust off the slow cooker.
Last year, we enjoyed slow cooker Sundays. With the busyness of the day between church and family, it was nice to come home to a cooked meal in the crock pot hot and ready. This year, I feel like I could have a hot meal waiting for me every day. Since the budget does not allow for a live in cook, I have been putting my slow cooker to good use on more than just Sundays.
I happened to be at my mom’s house and made a comment that I was keeping my eye out at the thrift stores for a bigger slow cooker. With my birthday around the corner, it took my mom less than 24 hours to get herself to Costco and to my house with a fabulous new big crock pot and a hug and a kiss for a happy early birthday! Well, I have been enjoying it immensely! I have been making bigger batches of my standby recipes (including this pulled pork) and trying new ones, including this one. Thanks mom! 🙂
A delicious rice bowl topped with kimchi, sausage, seasoned vegetables and a fried egg. A dollop of spicy Korean paste tops it off and you mix it all up in your bowl for a tasty twist on a traditional Korean recipe. Translated to mean
“mixed-up rice”, this traditional Korean dish has been moving mainstream. It has been spotted on the menu of a popular chain restaurant and now you can make it at home!
But this fabulous kimchi and sausage bibimbap has a little story. This summer one of my comics was published an I was paid a small honorarium. How exciting!! I can now call myself a published cartoonist. 🙂 So how does one spend the Amazon gift card that was given as a token of appreciation from the magazine? A book of course; a cute kids book by the same name, Bee-bim-Bop! by Linda Sue Park. I have been eying this book for a while, it is written about Korean food by a great Korean-American author. (Kyah did a book review on one of her books here.)
Take a look!
It’s an adorable tale of a little girl helping her mom shop and prep the food making bibimbap for dinner. My kids love bibimbap and love to help me cook; it feels like the book could be written about us!
So after reading this book, who wouldn’t be inspired to make bibimbap?
We usually make dolsot bibimbap, which is cooked in a hot pot with a raw egg, just because I think it is fun. But when I served this to my yobo, he said it tasted like normal Korean bibimbap because it wasn’t so fancy! 🙂
A tasty turkey dish with hints of spice and sweetness. Need a leftover turkey recipe that doesn’t taste like last nights turkey dinner? This is it. It will knock your socks off. And then you will find yourself looking for excuses to have turkey dinner just to make this for left overs. Your hockey team won? Turkey dinner! Your flowers bloomed? Turkey dinner! It’s mother’s day? Turkey dinner! This recipe comes from my mother and even though we didn’t have turkey dinner to celebrate, I wish we had, so she could whip this dish up with the leftovers. I can make it myself, and you can too now, but everything tastes better at mom’s house!
My mom’s heart and home is always open for people. She is one of the most hospitable people I know. Most people in our church have been over for coffee and a slice of pie. Most of the kids in the high school when me and my siblings were young, have been over for spaghetti and a sleep over and she can always whip something together without making you feel like you are a burden.
Her heart is big and so is her pantry. She shows her love through food. If you are down, she’ll bake you muffins. Stressed out, stay for soup. Feeling lonely, come for dinner. She cooks for the local soup kitchen, bakes for Seniors club at church and always has a pot or two of something down in second fridge.
Her food is delicious because she cooks with love. She is kind, caring and quick to give a hand. She has been a patient and loving mom to me, a fabulous mother-in-law to my yobo and is a wonderful Oma to my children. We all adore her! So on this mother’s day, I give you, her curry turkey recipe. Cook up a turkey, make this for leftovers, and you too can taste my mom’s love.
What’s the best part of slow cooker Sunday? Besides a hot yummy meal cooking while you are out working or drinking coffee in the sunshine? Slow cooker leftovers! If you are going to have your slow cooker working for you, you might as well have it do a double shift and you have two meals done for you as you go to the zoo and watch the lion feeding- which I might add is very interesting! Not the feeding per se but the side show! Did you know that the male lion sprays urine on the bystanders to mark his territory? It makes for great entertainment! Well, if you are not sitting in the ‘splash zone’! 🙂
Slow cooker Sunday included a big pork roast with this fabulous recipe from Six Sisters stuff. I have tried lots of different pulled pork recipes, but this one is something special! The sandwiches we had with them were a.ma.z.ing but they played second fiddle to the leftovers the next day… pulled pork bibimbap. Need I say more? A fabulous fusion recipe that is fun to cook up and eat! The pulled pork is so deliciously saucy, you don’t need to add any spicy gojuchang (red pepper) sauce, but of course, everything is better with a little spice!
So scour your flyers for a pork something-something on sale and get slow-cooking! You won’t be sorry! And maybe you can catch the lion feeding at the zoo with all your free time!
Top with 2-3 tbsp each of sliced carrots, sliced zucchini, sesame spinach
Top also with 1/3 cup pulled pork
Crack an egg on top
Sprinkle with sesame seeds
Mix it up until the egg is fully cooked.
Bibimbap translates 'mixed rice'. So once served, the heat from the pot and the rice will cook the egg as you mix. So mix well and ensure that the pot is good and hot!
Another option is to fry the carrots, zucchini and the egg separately and serve in a normal bowl.
My yobo loves thrift stores. When we first moved back to Canada, garage sales, freecycle (remember that?) and second hand stores were his weakness. He would take almost anything if it was free. Most of our house was furnished in second hand furniture and he did find lots of treasures. But for all the treasures, there was lots of … how do I say this nicely, … interesting items. After I while, I made a little rule. In order for an item to enter the house, it needed my permission. Otherwise, it was banished to the shed. I must say, I have some great items for thrift stores, and they have made good money on us as lots of it has returned back to their shelves. Charity. It makes the world go round.
My yobo has gotten much better at spotting a good find these days, except perhaps his weakness for chicken things, but that is another post. The other day he came home with this fabulous bowl which I just love. It is great for holding soups and stews and this great recipe.
A left over bowl is the perfect fit for this left over meal. We had some kimchi that had fermented too long and some left over rice. Couple that with bacon and you have this treasure of a dish!
East meets south. Mexican meets Korean. A bulgogi taco with kimchi! A delicious combination of the best of two cultures! My favourite kind of fusion food! This is more of a leftovers lunch then a real recipe per se; cheaters bulgogi using the marinade with ground beef, kimchi and cheese all wrapped up in a pan fried tortilla shell.
I was making tacos for the kids for lunch and knowing that my yobo doesn’t love Mexican food, I wanted to find a way to make it appealing to him so he wouldn’t resort to making ramyun! How do you make something appealing to a Korean? Add kimchi! If the food is bland, add kimchi! Their least favourite? Add kimchi! Yesterday’s flop? Add kimchi!
As I was thinking about this dish, it realized that it kinda reflects our intercultural family. Well… except I’m not Mexican! But the idea that mixing cultures can lead to something fabulous. Mexican food, delicioso, Korean food, mashi-e-sawyo… but together they are something so good that was weirdly made for each other. Fusion food, just like fusion friendships, are like that… weird but wonderful! Now I just need to dream up a combination of dutch cuisine with some kimchi… 🙂
So yummy you will want to get your hands on one! Aren’t those little hands adorable? 🙂
It is that time of year when we get to look back and review the year. What a great year it was! Here are a few highlights for me and my family:
We worked really hard and saved up money to go to Korea in March! The boys had never been to Korea or met their Halmoni, grandmother, so it was a really special trip!
We also acquired a fabulous vintage motor-home, a 1969 Shasta, who we lovingly named Peggy. My talented sisters helped me redecorate her (they sewed and I cooked) and we had wonderful camping experiences in Peggy with friends and family this summer.
I continued working here on my blog making yummy food, reviewing restaurants and writing funny (or not so funny) comics about our life.
So, what were the top 3 recipes from Korea in my kitchen in 2014? These were the most searched and viewed from the blog.
Here it is! For those visual learners, who like to see how to do things, a how-to graphic!
I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time. Whenever I post a yummy kimbap recipe, I have thought that it would be really handy to have something like this to attach so people could easily see the steps. I hope this helps.
And if this has inspired you to make kimbap, here are a few fabulous variations to try:
Heard of these fabulous burgers made with ramen noodles instead of a bun? Seen the pictures on pinterest? Drooled? Licked the screen?! Well, you can wipe your drool and make them at home!
My fabulous friend, who took me to Hawaii this summer where I was first introduced to L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and their ramen burger, said mine was better. Don’t take her word for it… try it yourself! And if you have a chance, fly to Hawaii and try theirs too! Better yet, take me along and I’ll buy you one!
These tasty burgers were a ton of fun to make. Whats more fun than making buns out of ramen noodles? In our house, you get to pick your birthday dinner (and breakfast and lunch) and it was my dear sweet Jaina’s birthday recently. The other members of the family always try to influence and encourage the birthday person to pick something they really like. I suspect this request was at my yobo’s influence. Jaina also wanted rice burgers, some I made them both.
Most recipes online for this creation have instructions for making one burger. The whole process would have been tedious and time consuming for all the monkeys in this little household. So I needed to find a way to make this work to feed all the hungry mouths in our family plus a special guest.
The solution: muffin tins! Would doesn’t love muffin tins? Not muffin tops… muffin tins! (Though eating too many of these may lead to muffin tops!!)