Mastering the Art of Buta Kimchi, Osaka Yatai Research Center

The title makes you laugh ? It should. It’s a total joke. This is the most casual dish you can get in Osaka. And you find it nearly everywhere, not only in Korean restaurants. They do in most bars, Mom and Pop shops, at home, on street stalls

Kimchi is the infamous Korean red Sauerkraut that makes stains that never go away on your favorite t-shirt, and buta is pork, pig meat. And you just have to mix them to get buta-kimchi. I recommend that you cook the meat, just in case, but I guess the kimchi would cure it.
Oh, yatai is street stall… and they don’t have their uni with scientists. I research it very seriously in my kitchen and I eat all the samples.

You need only kimchi, there are plenty of veggies in it. But you can add more veggies, by personal vice. Carrots, onion, bean sprouts…

Konnyaku. It’s made from a sort of potato. We buy it like that pre-cooked and even cut (or in blocks that we can recut). It has no calories, not much taste. What’s the deal ? The texture is great and that makes volume.
Kimchi is very salty, volume brings the dish at a reasonable level of salt.

It’s more often than none done with super-thin slices of raw uncured bacon. Pig belly. As that cooks fast, and there is tasty fat. So if you buy the meat, take that option.
I was emptying my freezer. So I had that lean pork meat, plus ground (with fat).
It can be cooked on the teppan (hot plate), but stir-fry in the pan works too.

Optional too, the spoon of gochujang Korean sauce. If you skip it, maybe add something sweet like honey instead.

It’s possible to mix in all the ingredients in the wok. I didn’t for presentation. I kept some bean sprouts (steamed cooked a bit separately) and kimchi. So I serve in 3 layers.

Final touch : shichimi togarashi (7 spice mix) + sesame.
Second final touch : a little fragrant sesame oil.
Serve with rice. or beer. Or soup. Or tea. Or all that.

New genmai brown rice with plutonium… maybe, and surely with unsalted gomashio. Well it just sesame, ground black sesame. And I had green tea.

To be continued…

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