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…)
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…)
Every summer when all of us are in town, we head over to my mom’s house for a Shabu Shabu feast. It’s become sort of a family tradition. This year, Kevin and I volunteered to host the meal at our house. Shabu Shabu or Hot Pot is so simple to make. All you need is a good broth and the rest, you cook at the table as you eat. If you haven’t had hot pot before you are missing out. It’s kind of like Korean BBQ in that you cook it at the dinner table. But instead of a grill, you cook your food in a bubbling boiling stock. You place raw ingredients like meat, fish, shrimp, vegetables into the broth and once they’re cooked you can take it out, dip it in sauce and eat right away. (more…)
Do you have a favorite Chinese restaurant? I had 2 until last week, now I have 3! My go-to places are Peking Gourmet Inn in Falls Church, VA and Full Key Restaurant in Wheaton, MD. There was a time when driving the distance to Virginia, DC and Montgomery County was not a big deal, but these days I like to stick closer to home and explore the charm of Baltimore. Don’t get me wrong, I still like going down there, but you can find many of the same shops in Howard County and Baltimore now. That said, there is no place like Peking Gourmet Inn and Full Key around here! So to me, as long as they keep serving up their delicious menu, it’ll always be worth the drive down (please let there be no traffic on 295/95!). It would be nice if there was a good authentic Chinese restaurant closer to home. What? There is? Grace Garden in Odenton you say? Thanks Kat and HowChow! A new restaurant to add to my go-to list. (more…)
Here is another fantastic summer pasta dish that I love making at home – pasta with swordfish (a typical dish from Southern Italy and Sicily). You can find swordfish at the fish counter in most supermarkets these days. Whole Foods always has them. If you tried the steak seasoning from my last post and have left over anchovies that you weren’t sure what to do with it, this recipe is for you.
Pesce spada is Italian for swordfish, literally fish spade. Whenever I hear the word spada, I think of my friend from university who studied abroad with me at Università per Stanieri di Siena. She was telling me about her excursion to San Galgano, a medieval city 30 minutes or so outside of Siena, famous for the legendary sword in the stone. They say it’s where the story of King Arthur and Excalibur originated. She told me that she saw the spade in the rock (spada nella roccia) and I could not stop laughing. I never heard it called that before – the sword in the stone sounds much cooler. 😉
Speaking of friends from Università per Stranieri di Siena, a good friend of mine, who I met there while studying abroad, is getting married this weekend in Oregon! So greetings from Portland guys! We’ll be here until the weekend and I can’t wait to share with you our experiences and all the great food we eat when we get back. (more…)
Nothing says summer like a few dozen steamed Maryland blue crabs and an ice cold pitcher of beer. Oh and don’t forget the hush puppies and French fries. French fries go with everything! I wanted to show you the proper way to open a crab (at least how I was taught to open them), but I didn’t think it through. As I got the crab ready for the shot, I realized my hands were now covered in seasoning. I should’ve just taken photos of my friends eating their crabs. I’m sure there will be many more crab feasts this summer, so look out for a photo tutorial – I’ll plan ahead next time.