My favorite Korean food as a kid was Jja Jang Myun. I could eat bowls and bowls of these delicious black bean noodles and when there were no more noodles, I’d mix the leftover sauce into a bowl of freshly steamed white rice and make Jja Jang Bop. Just needed to take out the tupperware holding grandma’s kimchi from the fridge and I’d enjoy a most satisfying meal. 😉 (more…)
Tag: Asian food
This blog should be called Lisbeth Eats…Noodle Soups or Lisbeth Eats…Asian food. I eat out at Asian restaurants A LOT! I think it’s because I don’t know how to make many Asian dishes at home. And I especially love noodle soups – Pho, Bun Bo Hue, Ramen, Udon, Naeng Myun, Jjam Ppong, Kalgooksoo and Hong Kong style egg noodle soups to name a few – just a few. 😉 (more…)
Guess where we’re going for lunch today? You got it, Hangari Noodle Company in Hanoori Town in Catonsville, MD. Oops, I suppose the title of this post gave it away. It’s been about a month now since they opened and I’ve been waiting for a cold autumn day to write about them. It’s my ploy to entice you all to head over there and check it out. 😉 There’s just something so comforting about eating a hot bowl of noodle soup on an overcast day like today. (more…)
On our way home from the gym yesterday, Kevin mentioned how he could go for a big plate of spicy green papaya salad. Mmm. I said ‘OKAY! Let’s go for some Thai!’ Of course, he was only being a tease. 🙁 HAHA. It’s probably better that we didn’t eat out. I have all sorts of fresh produce and meat in the fridge that I need to use up first. But ever since he mentioned that papaya salad, I can’t help but crave Thai food.
To be honest, I can’t remember the last time we had Thai for dinner. Portland maybe? Wow, was Portland really the last time? Kevin, can we go out for Thai this week? 😉 (more…)
So much for a week of Irish food…
Let’s see. I did a pork roast, made a few loaves of brown bread, had smoked salmon, drank pots and pots of tea and ate chocolate biscuits. Chocolate biscuits are considered Irish no? I have this thing where I can’t go without Asian food for more than a few days. I mean, I could but… for instance, I could be in Italy enjoying the most amazing seafood or pastas everyday on holiday, but as soon as I get back home, the first meal has to be something Korean. In a strange way, the stinky kimchi, soups, stews, grilled meats, marinated vegetables and white rice cleanse my palate. WHAT?!?! Am I the only one who’s like this? It’s kind of weird if you think about it because I was born and raised here in the states and although I did grow up with Korean food, I probably ate just as much American food, if not more. I wonder why I don’t crave burgers as soon as I land? Anyway, while I attempted to go the whole week making/eating at least one Irish meal a day, we ended up eating out a bit more than usual and when I did cook, I made foods from all over the place. My themed weeks haven’t been very consistent this time around. I mean to call it Irish week and only make two dishes…? tsk tsk tsk. Must do better next time! (more…)
Growing up, the only Korean dish I knew how to make was instant ramyun. Boil some water, empty the seasoning packet and noodles into the pot and in a few minutes, your meal is ready. Easy peasy! Sometimes, I would add in sliced onions or scallions. On special occasions I’d add in pieces of hot dog and crack in an egg! Fancy! As I got older, I realized this kind of cooking wasn’t going to cut it. I told myself if I’m going to marry a nice Korean man, I need to learn how to make excellent Korean food… perhaps that’s why I married an Irishman! HAHA. I’m being silly… but seriously, I’m constantly learning new recipes and it’ll be some time before my Korean cooking is excellent! 😉
I never really learned how to make classic Korean dishes properly. I sort of just experimented on my own living in Italy. Sure I called my mom for some guidance, but trying to learn recipes from a Korean mother is a little (too) frustrating for me. They don’t measure anything and I feel like every ingredient is optional. ‘Add in some peppers if you have them, if you don’t it’s ok.’ ‘Don’t add in too much water at the start, but if you do, it’s ok.’ “Grate in some apple. You don’t have apples? Use pears. No pears? Use kiwis. No kiwis? Well, it’s ok then.’ ‘This broth needs more salt. Or maybe it doesn’t. But you can add more if you want, but this will do too.’ So what is it mom – does it need more salt or not?! AHHH I’m so confused! She may not be a good teacher, but she’s a great cook. Her food is AMAZING! I tell her all the time that she has Mash It Neun Sohn, literally tasty hands, because everything she makes is so delicious. I’m convinced that one day, my Korean cooking will be just as amazing and I will surprise my mom with an elaborate Korean feast fit for kings. One day Lisbeth, one day! For now, I’m not going to kid myself, Americanized Lisbeth style Korean dishes will do. 😉 (more…)
When you think of Vietnamese cuisine what comes to mind? Pho? Bahn Mi? For me, the first thing I think of is Bun Bo Hue. Have you ever tried it? It’s a rice vermicelli noodle (Bun) soup with a lemongrass beef (Bo) broth. It’s spicy, sweet, salty and sour all at the same time. So good!
I first tried this dish with my sis-in-law’s sister at An Loi in Columbia, MD. She has a particular way of eating this dish that has rubbed off on our entire family – Bun Bo Hue with a side of tomato rice and sliced onions. She would alternate spoonfuls of noodles with spoonfuls of tomato rice dunked in the broth a la Korean gook bop (gook bop literally means soup rice, you put rice inside the soup and eat it together). I’ve even got Kevin eating this way. The only time I don’t order the side of tomato rice is when I’m trying to watch my weight or diet, but really who am I kidding? If I’m trying to watch my weight or diet, what am I doing eating noodle soup in the first place?!?!? HAHA. 😉 (more…)
We’ve thought about opening a food truck in Baltimore, but with my driving skills, it’s better off I stay as far away from any vehicle bigger than a Toyota Camry. Not that I’m a bad driver, I’m a SAFE driver – I’d say most people would trust me to chauffeur around their grannies and babies. I take that as a compliment even if most people don’t. HAHA. I don’t know why I get made fun of for driving at speed limit and with both hands on the wheel. 😉 I remember a few years ago, I was driving behind my brother (this was before everyone had GPS or SATNAVs in their cars) and he calls me and says ‘Where are you?!?!?! We’ve been at the restaurant waiting for you for over an hour.’ har har har very funny ‘Oh Stop it, you know I’m right behind you, I don’t drive that slow!’
So anyway, goodbye food truck idea in Baltimore! You know where I’d fit in perfectly though? Portland! They have a huge food cart culture (food carts are smaller than food trucks) and Oregonians drive pretty slow, like me 😀 There are more than 600 food carts in Portland – street food lovers’ paradise! You don’t have to constantly check twitter to see where your favorite food truck would be parked today. In Portland, there are designated blocks for clusters of food carts called ‘pods’ that they can call home. It’s like Baltimore’s gathering but everyday! (more…)