Thursday, April 02, 2009

Korean Potatoes and Korean Spinach Salad

DK of Culinary Bazaar is the person behind the AWED (A Worldly Epicurean's Delight) concept, where each month we visit a different country, right from our kitchens! It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about different cultures, cuisines and countries and try out new dishes that we otherwise may not. This time it is PJ's turn to host and she has chosen Korea. Thank you, DK and PJ! Based on what I had available, I chose to make Sigumchi na mool or Blanched Spinach Salad from this site and the popular Gamja Jorim or Spicy glazed Korean Potatoes from here.

Sigumchi na mul

Ingredients for the Spinach Salad:

1 bunch spinach
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish
6 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt to blanch

Heat water, add salt & spinach. After about a minute, drain the hot water and cool the spinach in cold water. Drain and squeeze well.
Put spinach in a medium bowl, add all ingredients and mix well.
Transfer to a plate, garnish with sesame seeds.


Gamja Jarim (Korean Potatoes)

Ingredients for Gamja Jorim:

2 potatoes, peeled and cut
Onion, sliced
1 tbsp Gochujang (Red pepper Paste) (I used sambal oelek instead)
1 tsp Gochugaru (Red chilli powder)
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Corn Syrup (I used organic molasses)
Sesame Seeds for garnish

Stir fry the potatoes and onions in oil.
Add the gochujang, gochugaru, garlic, soy sauce, sugar, corn syrup and a little water.
Cover and turn down the heat.
Cook until the potatoes are tender.
Serve with sesame seeds as garnish. Can be served hot or chilled.

To cut the cooking time, I'd nuked the potatoes with water for 2 minutes before frying in the pan. Both the salad & the potatoes turned out great. The flavors in the potato just blew me away! It was very spicy, with the sweetness from the sugar and syrup balancing the flavors very nicely. I'll be making this often! Kombe! :)

45 comments:

Cham said...

The potato is sweet and hot? Very different taste for our palette! Lovely entry with spinach!

Asha said...

WOW! Loving the Korean food here, looks delicious and healthy too. Spicy and sweet alus, yum! :)

Take M to Monsters vs Aliens, my kids said it's really good, may be she will like it.

Happy cook said...

I think i love love that korean potato dish, it is really unusual andlooks so so yummy.

Pooja said...

Looking delicious vani...Healthy post..

DEESHA said...

the salad looks soo green & beautiful .. lovely aloos too

Ann said...

Korean food is my fav Vani...the spinach looks awesome and professional..and yes i feel the potatoes taste unique as well !!

Priya Sriram said...

Wonderful attempt to make Korean food... Sweet and hot is soooo different for our taste buds. Potato looks really inviting. Great job Vani! :)

Vani said...

Cham - spicy and sweet does sound different but you'll take to it immediately!

Asha - thanks. haven't taken M to the movie house yet! but hope to change that soon with a night show. let's see...

HC - saw the ingredients in the potato recipe and I had to try that! Glad I did! :)

Pooja - thanks :)

Deesha- thanks :)

Ann - I'd never attemepted Korean before. Glad I did. Of course, I chose the easy recipes :)

Priya - thanks! and it wasn't that different for us, as one'd think.

Priya said...

Just love the korean potato dish, its looks too tempting..Beautiful green salad!!

Deepa Hari said...

Never tried Korean cuisine...Both the dishes look lovely Vani...esp. the potato dish...very inviting.

Varsha Vipins said...

I loved the second one Vani..looks yum n the color is so bright n screaming like eat mee..yum..:)

Ashwini said...

Not tasted any korean food..This looks so simple and yummmm..Love that sweet and spicy aloo..Love that caramalised color..

Vani said...

Priya- thanks. i loved the color and taste of the salad too :)

Deepa - me too. I'm looking forward to the round-up so I can see what others made too..

Varsha - I had the first bit of the potato and then kept on until it was almost over! great tasting dish :)

Ashwini - that's why i like the AWED event. Such a nice opportunity to try something new and different :)

Priti said...

Wow looks gr8....both the dishes colour are so nice....and your cabbage palya looks yum :)..

Sharmila said...

I don't know about that blanched spinach ... but I'll take the potatoes. Yum! :-)

Sandeepa said...

I don't think I have ever had Korean food. I will take the potato :)

TBC said...

Oooh, I like the looks of that Gamja Jorin(try saying that quickly 10 times :D).
I have to make this dish...it's so simple, but I don't have corn syrup or molasses to give it that lovely glazed look.
I'm always looking for new ways to cook potatoes. So, this one is bookmarked, Vani.:)

Vani said...

Priti - thanks. I loved the colors too, esp of the spinach


Sharmila, Sandeepa - yeah, the potato dish was the star :)

TBC - ha ha.. gamja jorinm gamja jorim..(forget saying it, even typing is difficult!) :) it sure was simple to make. Do try this, a bit of sugar syrup instead of the molasses might just do the trick

Arch said...

The spinach looks lovely. You pics are mouth-wateringly good ! Nice entries - must try the potatoes

DK said...

The potato dish is calling out to me! Looks incredibly delicious. Thanks for showcasing it for AWED korean :)

meeso said...

This is something different for me, and really looks delicious! I love the potatoes!

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. looks colourful.. delicious.. nice entry...

Vani said...

Arch, DK, Meeso, Sri - thanks all :)

jyoti said...

hi- great recipe

I made your watergate salad today and it turned out wonderful. You mentioned you are from central NJ, so am I, Parsippany to be exact - which town do you live in?

Cardamom said...

both those recipes have peaked my interest in Korean Cuisine....it looks so good!!

trupti
the spice who loved me

Linda said...

Hi Vani -- I have seen that spinach before -- I think there's something similar from Japan. Yours looks tasty and green -- but I have to say the potatoes really have my mouth watering! You've been cooking Korean -- I've been cooking Thai. I hadn't heard of AWED so now I will check it out.

The CCP Palya looks yummy, too :)

EC said...

Am stuck to the colour of the spinach salad...wonderful

Jaya said...

Vani,
Never tried making or eating Korean food! but that's the beauty of AWED ,trying out untouched horizons ...look at the color of spinach so green and the potato dish seems to me so delicious..yeasterday while grocery shopping came across sambel olek here ..was little apprehensive about taking it ...next time I am going to get that and try making this potato dish ..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks yummy.......

A_and_N said...

Nice post Vani. Great job of discovering vegetarian Korean recipes. Some of my Korean colleagues give me a hard time about being a vegetarian :)

Vani said...

Jyoti - thanks for trying out the watergate salad and letting me know. Glad u liked it. Such a simple thing to make, right?
I live in Somerset county (cannot give too much info in this open forum!). Thanks for stopping by and hope to see u more often :)

(I'll be deleting this comment in a week. I hope you'd have checked back and read this by then!) :)

Vani said...

Cardamom - thanks! kab se elaichi ban gayi? :)

Linda - My first AWED enty too. This month is Japanese, I believe. ANd oh, I have an event for your Thai dish (if it's vegan) IAVW - Thai, hosted by Priya of Akshayapaatram. Thanks for your comment :)

EC- thanks! I think the blanching made the spinach greener :)

Vani said...

Jaya - you're right. Thanks to the events, we make an effort to try different cuisines or at least look into it. Korean food is fascinating. I'll trying to find a good Korean restaurant in my area to try other things that've caught my fancy :) Smabal oelek is great. It's a chili paste and I use it with most oriental cooking.

Lubna - thanks :)

A&N - thanks. Found quite a few vegetarian dishes in my Korean cuisine research. I hope to explore more about this fascinating cuisine

Shubha said...

yumm yummm.. thats looks beautiful and that Event is good too... :D will surely participate..:D Noe i have to research on korean cuisine.

Meenal Mehta said...

YUm-O ..will try it as asoon as I can eat normal foods again :)

Purva Desai said...

This is one healthy salad, the colours are soothing as well

Chitra said...

wow,what a tempting color,recipe looks yumm vani:)

ARUNA said...

the salad looks soooo green n gorgeous!!!Lovely colors!

Curry Leaf said...

Love the spicy potatoes and the spinach salad is breathtakingly beautiful.
Its nice to know we made the same dish (thgh yours was spicy and perfect) from same cuisine for the first time for AWED.
Mine was a very last minute entry.Well,great minds think alike
Cheers

Vani said...

SHubha - AWED- Korean deadline was last Sat but this month is Japanese cuisine. Do participate in that. I haven't cooked Japanese so far. Gotta research :)

Meenal - what happened? are you on a diet of some sort? Will be over to check with you :)

Purva, Chitra, Aruna - thanks :)

Curry Leaf - I'm sure mine wasn't perfect, what with all the substitutions! :) Yours looked great too. Great minds do think alike! :)

Madhuram said...

Vani, nice knowing you through BC. I think I have visited once before. Did you participate in a Kids cooking contest in GCC? You have an excellent blog here. This post especially caught my attention with the colorful spinach and golden brown potatoes both very simple to prepare. I'm going to be a regular here.

Vani said...

Madhuram - thanks for stopping by. I haven't participated on a kids cooking contest so far - probably another Vani. hope to see you around!

AMIT said...

Too yummy thanks a lot for sharing.

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maninas said...

oh brilliant! i'm so glad I found your blog! I had a similar dish at a restaurant in Edinburgh and loved it! I've been looking for the recipe ever since!

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