Throwback- Kimchi Jigae

I don’t remember when or who introduced me to Korean food, it might’ve been a Korean friend from high school that I don’t talk to anymore but what I do remember is that Kimchi Jigae was the first dish I kind of fell in love with. That meant it was also the first dish that I tried making on my own!

Did you know that Kimchi Jigae, Soondubu, and similar stews use a anchovy soup base? I was in denial about that for the longest time. So initially, when I tried making Kimchi Jigae in college, I used a Miso base soup and it was fine-I liked it but it definitely felt like it was missing something. I call it my faux Kimchi Jigae recipe, which I make when I don’t know what else to make or when i’m too lazy to try to make anything else.

The first time I came to actually acknowledge that anchovies were in these Korean dishes were when I made Soondubu with Unnie (in this post). This time, I didn’t really find a recipe online- I remember the basics of how to make this dish from my past research so I basically came up with my own recipe, no big deal. :3

Here’s the lowdown:

  1. Cook some pork belly (or bacon, up to you- I always use bacon when I dont have anything else).
  2. Toss in some kimchi and some kimchi juice (if you can, squeeze that juice outta the kimchi first).
  3. Add in some water
  4. Add in the gochujang and red pepper flakes
  5. Toss in some dried kelp/anchovies (since I had the prepacked dried anchovy and kelp, I used that)
  6. BOIL (toss out the kelp and anchovies after)
  7. EAT

Before anyone says anything- the soup looks different because of the lighting! It was delicious though- added some enoki mushrooms and tofu into it as well.

This was definitely a huge improvement from the very first Jigae I made, it tasted more like the Kimchi Jigae that I would get at a restaurant. I still like my faux jigae though. 🙂

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Monkeying Around!

Woop wooop! My lovely friend, Dr. Wormie (who’ve I’ve mentioned in my Worm Mama post) was born in the year of the monkey and her birthday was at the end of September. I started this crochet monkey way before her birthday but I ended up finishing it and giving it to her two weeks late.

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I found this pattern from one of my favorite crochet bloggers, Stephanie (http://www.allaboutami.com/). She created this monkey pattern for Chinese new years:
http://www.allaboutami.com/monkeypattern/

The one pictured here is one I actually made for my dad a while back. I believe this was the second amigurumi that I made with one of her patterns. I made the dragon one first for an ex boyfriend but I forgot to take a picture then.

This time, I used a different yarn because I couldn’t find the one the pattern called for. 😦 The new yarn was  bit thicker and the color a bit lighter. I think also because of the type of hook that I used (I used a hook that was a bit bigger) the monkey ended up being a bit bigger than the first one i’ve made.

The reason I like going on Stephanie’s site for patterns is because she makes things pretty easy to understand and all of her patterns are adorable. I made a beanie from one of her patterns before and I loved it- I’m planning on making a sweater with a pattern she will be uploading soon! 😀

 

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Anyway, usually  I finish these crochet projects fairly quickly but this one took a bit longer probably because I was out a lot more and had no time at home to crochet. I thought it would be a bit easier to handle the wiring this time, but it was just as hard since I still wasn’t used to using wires. However, I am still pretty happy with how the monkey came out. Dr. Wormie loved it too! I had no time to make the banana but that’s okay! It leaves the monkey’s hand free to hug 🙂