Friday, August 20, 2010

Noodles!

Salsa Valentina
Who doesn't like noodles?? really it's something easy and quick to make... specially for a rainy day when all you wanna do is sit on the couch watch a movie (Like Carrie on Sex and The City while watching "Meet me in Saint Louise")...I still remember the 1st time I ate noodles (or sopa maruchan as we call it in Mexico), of course here in Mexico we add "our" very own flavours, it's commonly sold with Lemon juice, Sauce (Salsa Valentina), salt, Worchestershire sauce and crackers.... in my opinion...the BEST way to eat noodles (at least in mexico lol). Also I've made this noodles (dried corn flour) with some red chilli powder and a lil bit of lemon juice...also VERY good.

And ever since I saw an Episode of My Name is Kim Sam Soon when Sam Soon and her boyfriend go out to do the "7 things I have to do with my boyfriend" they go to this little restaurant and eat "spicy" noodles... OMG it looks so good!! everytime I go to a Korean restaurant I ask for that kind of noodles but they don't have it or don't know what I'm talking about lol...

So here's some information about noodles
Korean noodles are collectively referred to as "guksu" in native Korean or "myeon" in hanja.


Korean Noodles Variation
- Dangmyeon (cellophane noodles) - made from sweet potato starch
- Memil guksu- buckwheat noodles similar to Japanese soba noodles
- Olchaengi guksu - noodles made from dried corn flour which are eaten in mountainous places such as   Gangwon Province
- Gamja guksu- noodles made from a mixture of potato starch, rice flour, and glutinous rice flour 
- Gamjanongma guksu- noodles made from potato starch that have a very chewy texture. It is a local   specialty of Hwanghae Province
- Somyeon - very thin wheat flour noodles; similar to Japanese somen
- Dotori guksu - noodles made from acorn flour
- Chilk guksu - noodles made from kudzu and buckwheat
  .................and many many MANY more....... o_O

Stir Fried Korean Noodles (Chapchae)

Chapchae is one of the most popular noodle dishes in Korea. The foundation of the dish is the mixture of the noodles, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil. Because mung bean or sweet potato noodles both absorb tons of flavor, you can mix and match the vegetables or meat to your liking

Ingredients (4 Servings):


    * 8 oz mung bean or sweet potato noodles (might be called cellophane or glass noodles)
    * 1 sweet onion sliced
    * 2 cloves garlic chopped
    * 1/2 pound baby spinach parboiled
    * 2 carrots julienned
    * 3 scallions chopped
    * 1/2 cup chopped Napa cabbage
    * 5 shiitake mushrooms sliced
    * 2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil
    * 2 Tbsp sesame oil
    * 3 Tbsp soy sauce
    * 1 tsp sugar
    * Salt
    * 6 oz. beef or pork


Preparation:

   1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
   2. In a large pan or wok over medium heat, heat vegetable (or olive) oil and 1 Tbsp sesame oil.
   3. Add onion slices and garlic and sauté for about 1 minute.
   4. Add rest of vegetables and cook for 4-5 minutes, until the veggies are 1/2 cooked and still crispy.
   5. Turn heat to low and add cooked noodles, meat, soy sauce, sugar, and the remaining sesame oil.
   6. Mix to combine and cook for another 2 minutes.
   7. Add salt or more soy sauce if needed.

There's also a variety of noodles, you can have them HOT or Cold (for summer time! hehe)
Instant noodles are called Ramyun and there's a dish called Shin Ramyun.
Shin Ramyun is a spicy (辛) brand of South Korean instant noodles produced by Nong Shim Ltd. since 1986. It is exported to over 80 different countries, and is the highest selling brand of noodles in Korea.

>.<    I think I'm hungry by now... Oh!! Shin Raymun and some Makgeolli with soda would be perfect :D

-Gisela V.

2 comments:

  1. y que dices que es Chuseok? festejo , pero de qué...linda foto de Hennry!

    mom

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  2. El Chuseok es como el Dia de Gracias de Korea, se reunen a festejar la "buena cosecha" y a recordar a sus ancestros...

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