Tried a new recipe tonight: Korean Vegetable pancakes!!! They were made with eggs, shredded: sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrot, cabbage and bean sprouts. They were sooo good, even my son (aka the human garbage disposal) said he liked them-- he eats pretty much anything-- but still vegetables? wasn't so sure. The only thing I didn't care for was the "dipping sauce" which was soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil-- so we just didn't use it, not sure if it was really needed. Any suggestions on how I might improve the sauce, I'll try them. If anyone is interested in the actual recipe, let me know and I will add it to this thread......
So funny! cuz I made Korean pancakes too like last week or so. I cheated tho and used a premaded Korean pancake mix. Just added onions, green peppers and kimchi. Ohmgosh, it was so good. And so easy to make!!
Yeah-- I cheated,too. I didn't shred my own carrots or cabbage, but bought it already shredded--wasn't sure what I would have done with the rest of the cabbage-- even my son said "yeah, you could make cole slaw, but you would be the only one eating it"! I ate the leftovers for lunch a few days later and they still tasted great. I can't believe there is someting actually called Korean pancake mix?!?!? I just mixed the egg with flour and water. (How are the plans for you vacation coming? I have been thinking about you and reading the other comments on the other thread, I purposely didn't post there hoping someone would give you some helpful news, hope things are looking good for you to go)
I need some help/assistance. Out of the blue my son asked me to make rice balls for dinner and I searched online for some recipe suggestions and off to the store I went....unfortunatly the recipe called for short grain rice and all I could find was long grain at the regular chain stores. I really don't want to buy a large bag of rice, but if anyone has a suggestion I would appreciate it. Brand name? I almost bought jasmine rice but didnt think that was really right. Would regular Minute rice work-- I didnt think it would be "sticky" enough and the recipe said the long grain rice is hard to form into balls. Does anyone have a recipe they have made? One recipe said to brown them in a pan, the other did not.... I am planning on making it next week......
bird where do you live? Maybe we can turn up a local specialty store or Asian grocer that sells the short-grain rice. Or maybe a place like Whole Foods has it--they tend to have some harder-to-find things.
If all else fails, if you're friendly with a local Chinese restaurant you could go ask them if they'd sell you some uncooked short-grain rice. I bet they have it and I'm sure they'd be glad to help with such a simple thing to make a customer happy.
Thanks for the suggestions--I live in the Northwest Subs, and there is a Korean grocery store in Buffalo Grove that I have been to a couple of times, my only concern is that I have a tendency to buy things that people suggest even if it is not really what I want or the cost is higher than I want to spend (you should have seen me when I went to the small store in the H-Mart in Niles and the clerk in the store was the nicest lady and she kept showing me things with BigBang on them--I thought I was gonna buy everything she suggested because she was sooo nice and it was BigBang! ) Anyways, I really want to just purchase a small bag and so many times in the Asian aisles of stores there are big bags of rice and I don't really want that now.....maybe I will try the Whole Foods first and the korean store second....it was a bit surprising that with all the types of rice in the regualr grocery store I could not find one that said short grain! Wish me luck!
I'm in Arlington Heights and I know the Buffalo Grove store well. I'll bet you have success there.
But if not...you might have some good luck at the new H-Mart. They opened up a store on Milwaukee Avenue and Sanders...it's between Palatine and Euclid, just south of Palwaukee Airport. It's a much smaller store than the big Niles building but if your first options fail then you could try there.
Sooo, I made it over to the Korean store and found some rice-- I was a bit surprised that noone offered/asked if I needed any help, but in a process of elimination I bought sushi rice-- it contained the same type of rice a larger bag of rice that said "small grain rice". It was a larger bag than I really wanted but it is rice, I am sure we will eat it! I had a bit of trouble getting the rice balls to stick together and am not really sure why-- I did eat one right away and I could taste the sesame oil,so maybe too much oil? They do taste good and that is the most important part! Will try this again and experiment with the recipe. Maybe add something else to eat with it.... I work this evening and the "kids" will be having this for their dinner and am not sure how filling it will be........ Thanks AJK, for your suggestions/help.
Those look good bird! Especially for a first try. If they're not sticking enough, maybe just a little less of the non-rice ingredients? Since the rice is what binds them together? I don't know, just guessing...my cooking expertise starts and ends with desserts so no clue really.
First of all, as far as the rice balls-- when I asked my "kids" if they liked then, they said "Well, they're just rice balls" Tonight I tried a new bulgogi recipe. It was good, but I don't think the marinade came out the way it should have because it called for a pear and I don't think it was juicy enough to add liquid to the marinade, I will try it again because it did taste good. I did heat the marinade in a pan before I grilled the beef and when I added it to the rice and ate it with the beef it was good.....
I know I am asking a lot, but I was at my sister's today and she said her Asian neighbor made her a "snack" and she shared some with me since she knows I like a lot of Asian things--- she said it was some kind of "rice something". It was about 3 inches long, it looked like it was covered with pieces of rice, the middle was light green and kind of chewy. It was good-- just wondering if anyone could guess what it was? There wasn't a distinct flavor. The picture is a bit blurry (sorry) Thanks!
I know I am asking a lot, but I was at my sister's today and she said her Asian neighbor made her a "snack" and she shared some with me since she knows I like a lot of Asian things--- she said it was some kind of "rice something". It was about 3 inches long, it looked like it was covered with pieces of rice, the middle was light green and kind of chewy. It was good-- just wondering if anyone could guess what it was? There wasn't a distinct flavor. The picture is a bit blurry (sorry)
If anyone is interested and lives in the Chicago area.....the Chicago Tribune's Food section listed a whole lot of places to get Korean food -- from the H-Mart in Niles to actual resturants. It was interesting and looked real good. I searched "Chicago Tribune online Food section" to find the article online, so if you don't have access to the actual newspaper you can still find it online-- it was from this weeks food section......
Hey bird--thanks for this! I don't look at the food section so I missed it, but I fished it out of the recycling bin. Wow it's a lot of page space dedicated to the subject, looks very interesting. I wish they had ventured out away from Milwaukee Avenue a little more (there's an excellent Korean barbeque place on Dundee Road in Buffalo Grove that deserves some attention) but understandably they can't cover every single place.
Thanks again; definitely will look forward to going over it carefully.
You're welcome, I was surprised at the amount of places that were listed in the article and that it was written so that it really peaked my interest. I always wanted to try the place in Buffalo Grove but wasn't sure if my family would be interested. Since my daughter moved to Evanston, we have been trying many differnt types of resturants and food, so their palates have definatly changed! Do you have to grill your own meat there? Not sure if I want to try that, even though it looks like fun when they do it in dramas. Let me know if you ever try any of the places. I think I may have to head over to H-Mart to try something since I never knew enough to try anything at the resturants there before....