Saturday, September 20, 2014

ROK Korean Meal

This meal comes from South Korea officially called the Republic of Korea. Rice is the Korean staple, the rest of the meal is built around it. Korean meals are usually served with a lot of side dishes.


The main dish today is bibimbap which could be called a complete meal in itself. A bed of rice is laid in a stone bowl and topped with a variety of flavored toppings like, spinach, mushrooms, sprouts, carrots and squash. In the center is placed a fried egg (I skipped that). All the flavors are mixed together when eaten.  I decided to make a few side dishes to go along with the meal. Buchu namul or garlic chives is a salad. Dubu Buchim Yangnyeom jang is pan fried tofu topped with spices. Gamja Jorim or braised potato is a soy sauce and garlic flavored pan fried potato. Korean meals do not include desserts. Sweet dishes are served on their own or with tea. I made dan pat bbang or bread stuffed with the sweet paste of red azuki beans. All the dishes tasted great but I have a confession. We enjoy meals without gravy or dal but we found this meal too dry. So we mixed in some plain yogurt with the rice.


The new ingredients I used for this meal were Chinese chives and azuki beans. I had never heard of azuki beans before I found the stuffed bread recipe. They are red beans and taste great in sweet dishes. We liked it a lot. The other ingredient Chinese chives did not go down too well. I have used chives before but they are the small ones used as garnish not as the main ingredient. The dish failed miserably. We simply could not eat it. It may have been the recipe or it may have been the way I prepared them. Unfortunately, I had already clicked pictures of the meal with it so I am posting those. But I will not post the failed recipe.

As they say in Korea, mat`ike`deseyo!

Here are the recipes for the dishes on the menu
And for dessert



This is my entry for the letter R for BM #44 for the theme Around the world in 30 Days. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#44.





11 comments:

  1. Very interesting spread Varada, you are so adventurous..I won't have been able to do this..Kudos on fantastic meal and picture.

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  2. While everyone is behind Russia, you chosed ROK, that wonderful and the Korean meal is absolutely stunning, lovely dishes there with loads of colours.That bread with red beans paste is truly very delicious.

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  3. Enjoyed the Korean meal with those delicious dishes, most of these dishes are enjoyed in our family loved those potatoes and the bread ..wow..that's all I can say.

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  4. You managed to include potatoes even in a Korean meal! :) That is a nice spread of meal and that bowl of bibimbap is inviting.

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  5. wow thats Bibimbap looks so colorful and wonderfully presented dear :) enjoyed you korean platter , amazing set of recipe to have for a meal :)

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  6. Wow! this platter is so yumm! In fact each of your platters are just as awesome! Hats off to your patience and research!

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  7. Yummy collection of Korean dishes.

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  8. Bibimbap is one of my fave Korean dishes - I am sorry you didn't like the garlic chives. I have cooked with them before but chopped small usually stuffed in wontons and things like that. never tried them in large pieces like you have photographed

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  9. Lovely collection of dishes Varada. Each and every meal of yours is so fascinating!

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  10. Wow can you suggest some other word in place of wow. I have nothing else to say but wow and be amazed to the way you manage all these dishes.

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  11. Wow ! Fabulous spread from ROK . Each dish sounds interesting.

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