Korean fried chicken – President’s choice review

korean fried chicken

Korean fried chicken, the other KFC, the best KFC there is.  It is sticky and spicy and sweet and so delicious! If you haven’t tried Korean fried chicken, you need to stop what you are doing and give yourself a whack in the head.  This is the one thing you need to accomplish this year.  Forget your new years resolutions, long forgotten and abandoned.  Promise yourself that this year you will do something for yourself, you will self-care, you will eat Korean fried chicken.  It is hands down, the best thing you can do for yourself that doesn’t involve too much energy (like exercising), hard work (like learning a new language) or self restraint (like dieting).  It is is just treating yourself right!

World of Flavours gochujang chicken

So I have been craving KFC ever since my daughter and I watched nonstop cooking shows in the hospital when she had her appendix rupture, but that is another story! Then I saw that Superstore had President’s Choice Sweet & Spicy Gojuchang Chicken Wings in their World of Flavours brand and I knew I had to try them!

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I must admit, I was disappointed when I opened the box and found that is was just breaded chicken wings with a little packet of gojuchang, spicy red pepper sauce and some sesame seeds.  I’m not sure if I was expecting them to be pre-seasoned, but I felt let down.

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I carefully followed the cooking instructions which simply involved putting them on a tray in the oven.  Once they were cooked, I put them in a mixing bowl and added the gojuchang sauce.  Now this is where it came in handy that they were not pre-dressed.  I made some really spicy ones for me and my yobo, some lightly seasoned ones for the kids and even left one plain for our littlest guy. After sprinkling on the sesame seeds and adding some green onion for garnish, I have to say they resembled the box pretty closely! 🙂

So the verdict, they are good.  They were not a.m.a.z.i.n.g but I didn’t really expect them to be.  They were prepackaged and frozen after all.  The kids liked the less spicy version and they were all eaten.  So if you are wanting to try Korean fried chicken for the first time and want the socks blown off your feet, I recommend you go to a restaurant or wait for the recipe I hope to post.  If you need something fun and fast to eat or share, this is a good tasty option.


Jjajang ramyun – black bean noodle ramyun

jja jang ramyun

This bowl of yummy hot noodles is a deliciously quick lunch. It tastes so good, you’ll forget you are eating ramyun!

We really enjoy jjajang myun, black bean noodles. It is one of the things I haven’t ever made from scratch or even really tried.  If we go out for Korean food, this is what we usually order. (See restaurant review here and here!)

But we really like it and going out is expensive with lots of hungry kids, so we resort to making the instant kind at home (more often than we would admit). As we have discovered, all black bean style ramyun noodles are not created equal!  This one, however, is a winner!

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The secret to its deliciousness is the pouch of jjajang sauce (not powder!) that is included.

jjajang sauce

It cooks up quick and easy and makes a great weekend lunch.

Warning: You may need to remove your shirt when you eat it.  It gets messy!

noodles

noodles

This is not a recipe so much, since it is just following the instructions on the package; it is more of a product review with cooking directions 🙂

Jjajang ramyun

Ingredients

  • 600 ml water
  • 1 package paldo jja jang men instant noodles
  • cucumber slices to garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil
  2. Add dry noodles
  3. Boil for 5 minutes
  4. Drain out the water and leave 2-3 tablespoons of water in the bowl. (This is important since you want it saucey!)
  5. Squeeze the sauce out of the package
  6. Mix well
  7. Serve with cucumber garnish
  8. Enjoy! 🙂
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Roasted seaweed review

seaweed review

We like to eat seaweed.  We really like to eat seaweed.  We eat lots of seaweed.  We eat lots of different kinds of seaweed.

But which seaweed is the best?!

We took this question seriously and did a blind taste test with a panel of very serious judges.

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The products (as seen in the photo from left to right):

  • Choripdong Roasted Seaweed Laver – available at Hmart
  • Jayone Seasoned & Roasted Seaweed – available at Costco
  • Roasted Seaweed with Grape seed Oil – available everywhere
  • Roasted Seaweed with Olive Oil – available everywhere

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The results:

  1. Choripdong (Green):  “Perfect flavour” “Nutty” “I like it”
  2. Jayone (Blue): “Saltier than the others”
  3. Olive Oil: “Too oily!” “Too bland” “Not good”
  4. Grape seed Oil: “Tough” “The worst!” “Thin” “No flavour”

They unanimously agreed that the ‘green package’ was the best.  So there you have it!  If you are looking to try roasted seaweed or would like to try a better one, make your way to Hmart and try the green one!

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Lindt Chili Chocolate review

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I was perusing the chocolate isle the other day and I stumbled upon the Lindt Excellence Chili dark chocolate.  Now I enjoy all kinds of chocolate and I can be quite picky (read: snobby) about chocolate at times.  But my yobo, on the other hand, will eat anything.  I saw this and thought maybe this would be something he would really enjoy.  Here are his thoughts:

My yobo’s review:

It reminds me of kimchi ice cream.  It is kinda weird.  The chili overtakes the taste of a nice chocolate.  Give me chili peppers, give me chocolate but don’t give me them together. I feel like I need a real chocolate now.

My review:

Spicy.  The first taste is chocolate, nice dark and smooth chocolate and then you get this spicy after taste.  With every bite, the intensity of the peppers increases..  Several minutes later, I was still wincing from the spice.

Not a winner in our house!  Guess I will have to go back and try some more chocolate! 🙂

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