April 22, 2012

{Links} Ideas for meal planning

It is Sunday and I'm working on my meal plan. Yesterday I had dinner with my knowledgeable food-loving ex-coworkers from Byerly's at Hoban Restaurant in Eagan. We tried out signature Korean dishes such as jeon (pancake), dolsot bibimbap, bulgogi, soondubu jjigae, and a type of Korean rice wine called makgeolli.

A day has passed and yet the taste still lingers in my mind. As a home cook, nothing can be more satisfying than remaking the dishes you crave for. Most ingredients are standard Asian pantry items, such as woodear, cellophane noodles (or sweet potato noodles), sesame seeds, scallions, or even dried anchovies and seaweed for the broth in Tofu soup. I'm more than ready for these new adventures!

Chinese Scallion Pancakes – A Photo-by-Photo Recipe
This is not the cake-y Korean version we tried, but somehow they reminded me of this thin and crispy Chinese version that is always on my to-cook list.

Soondubu Jjigae (Tofu Stew) 
Korean Glass Noodles – Jap Chae / Chap Chae
Glass noodles - what a beautiful way to describe the transparent noodles made from starch, which means they are gluten-free.
Bibimbap (Korean Rice Bowl with Vegetables and Beef) http://eatingandliving.blogspot.com/2010/01/bibimbap-korean-rice-bowl-with.html

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