One of my 101 items was to make a Korean dish. I completely forgot about this item until Jeremy pointed out that I could cross a few things off.
I didn’t really plan this week’s meals very well since none of my CSA items matched up with what I was going to make. So now I have a lot of random vegetables in my fridge. And I’m going to Chicago. And I know Jeremy won’t eat anything but pizza and chips while I’m away. Would it be weird to pack them all as snacks for my plane ride?
Anywho – for those of you familiar with korean dishes, I made the oh so popular yachae mandoo (vegetarian dumplings). I remembered helping my mom and aunt make these when I was a kid so I figured it wouldn’t be difficult.
Yeah, about that?
It’s not difficult per se, but it’s kind of labor intensive… and messy. And when you’re trying to make other things to go along with said dumplings, it can lead to a mini emotional breakdown. Just saying.
I hate using my bare hands to mix squishy things. The mixture in yachae mandoo consists of tofu, onions, napa cabbage, bean sprouts, sweet potato noodles garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and love.
Let me take a quick step back and chat about the trip to the asian market… the first trip I’ve ever taken sans mom so it was tough. I think I looped the store 10 times to locate everything. The good thing is that items such as napa cabbage (seriously – what the f?), bean sprouts and sweet potato noodles are all readily available at an asian grocery store.
So – mixing everything together was a snap. Assembling it in the delicate mandoo wrappers was a pain in my ass. The noodles were not chopped very well so they were to contain. I was starving. My hands were messy and the mixture was too watery since I didn’t drain anything before putting it together.
But the end result? Delicious.
I also made some sauteed veggies with sesame oil and white rice (and by “I made” I really mean, “Jeremy made” because I was on the brink of a nervous breakdown).
Now I just need to expand my korean vocabulary beyond these words:
I Love You
Son of a bitch
Let’s get out of here
While I think most of them are useful… it would probably make my mom really happy if I could actually string together a nice sentence or two.
**Update** As I was driving, I realized that there were a few more words that I know and I couldn’t rest without posting them.