Royal court tokpokki

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Gungjung tteokbokki (궁중 떡볶이) were the tokpokki prepared for the Korean royal courts. They were served long before hot chili reached Korean peninsula, so they are much less spicy than the street stall version.

This is a simple interpretation of the dish using soy sauce and sesame oil as main flavoring and what I had in my pantry.

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Nira (garlic chives), carrot, onion and soaked dried shiitake mushrooms.

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The tokk (rice cakes) need 8 to 10 minutes boiling, then refreshing under fresh water. Then stir-frying and wetting the sauce with the mushroom soaking water. I only added black pepper.

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Decorated with a little yuzu peel.
The balance of flavors is perfect. I think the mushrooms bring a lot, so don’t skip them or replace them with something strong in flavor. Beef is a possibility.

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The same yuzu was used to flavor a few blanched green beans. I also added a little fragrant sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.

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Kimchi from this pot (read here) :

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Salad. So a dish and 3 sides, I have a lunch !

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Tonight, let’s bibimbap

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Bring me gochujang sauce ! I want a bibimbap, the delicious Korean rice dish.

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Prepare all that. I cooked ground beef meat with a little garlic and a hint of soy sauce. Local supermarkets all sell platters of namul veggies, but you can prepare yours. For the detail, click here.

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I don’t have a special stone dish. So I have baked the terracotta dish, passed sesame oil in the bottom, added hot cooked rice, sesame seeds, baked again.
Then you can see a cup of broth with seaweeds. A spoon and chopsticks.

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Place everything on the top. That’s served.
Then with the spoon add a little broth on the gochujang and start mixing…

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Namul, Koreanizing the veggies

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Here is a plate generously filled with decadent veggies, and that’s only one serving. I don’t know why but when the Koreans prepare vegetables, they change them so much that I have the impression of eating dessert. But you never have too many veggies. So let’s make a ton !

They can be served as banchan (sides) or used to make a :

DSC00667-001 bibimbap (click here tomorrow)

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The vegetables are raw or lightly cooked (blanched/steamed). I flavor them with fragrant sesame oil, soy sauce, grated garlic and dry chili. If I have some, a little grated yuzu zest doesn’t hurt. Then top with toasted sesame seeds. I try to use little salt, since I will eat a lot. Now there are many good low sodium soy sauces.

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I’ve let these raw.

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The greens of the turnip. I have steamed them slightly.

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I’ve bought this sprouted soy bean kimchi.

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ゼンマイ zenmai (osmunda japonica) is a type of fern often eaten as a vegetable in East Asia. We usually by them boiled. I just added sauce.

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Abalone four ways

Last year’s abalone/awabi/ormeau series :

cleaning and cutting abalone

ormeau au beurre (French style buttered abalone)

Korean abalone royal soup

Awabi to kimo (Japanese style)

Abalone ink pasta

Tofu chigae with goya


When the Korean hot soup meets Summer go~ya…
The bitter squash makes this Winter dish totally perfect for a hot day (yes, still f… hot here, it’s mid-summer now).

You can’t make simpler : I’ve reheated all this in dashi (fish stock). Also the egg white.

Added silky tofu.

Hot with a drizzle of fragrant sesame oil.

Served with hatsuga genmai (sprouted rice) sprinkled by black sesame powder.

The egg yolk, to be added on the table.

Mmmm….