Tuesday, April 4, 2017

"Mrs. Pyke Eats Korea" MANDU GUK

As seen in the April, 2017 edition of the Chosun newsletter

I was inspired to make Mandu Guk during that amazing snow storm we had in March. A great day to be homebound baking banana bread and cooking up some Guk!! Mandu Guk is a lovely beef broth made with garlic, brisket or sirloin and of course Mandu, Korean
dumplings. Any frozen dumpling from the Korean Market will do. There are so many to choose from, Shrimp, Pork, Kimchi and Vegetable. It just so happened I had a bag of Vegetable Dumplings my Taekwondo friends the Cirillos surprised me with! The soup was so satisfying and the dumplings were so filling. The Mandu Guk warmed my body and soul, just the way Taekwondo and the physical space of the Dojang does. Being a part of Chosun has led me to meet some wonderful people. I often think to myself that I never would have met Pam il, Mary Sudol, Master Wiggins or my Taekwondo husband John Surace!! I so value all who I train with every day. We support each other in such an intimate and profound way. It’s a blessing to be on this journey with all of you.
So not only does good hard training bring us together, so does good Korean food! Take your practice a little deeper and explore the cuisine of Korea. You will not be disappointed. Goggle this article from Saveur magazine …Bridge to Banchan: NJ’s Koreatown is where to get the Good Stuff. An excellent source for going down to Fort Lee, NJ and dining in some amazing Korean restaurants.
Here’s my recipe for Mandu Guk.
¾# Beef Brisket or Sirloin, sliced in thin bite size pieces
10 cups water
4 cloves of minced garlic or more if you like
1 bunch of scallions sliced
14 frozen Dumplings
2T Fish Sauce
1-2T soy sauce or more to taste
1 beaten egg
2 t sesame oil
1t ground black pepper to taste

Bring 10 coups of water to a boil. Add the garlic and the beef. Cover and turn heat to medium. Simmer for 30-40 minutes till beef is tender. Add 14 dumplings and turn heat to medium high. Cook until the dumplings start to float, 10-12 minutes for frozen dumplings. If you are blessed to have fresh dumplings cook for 7 minutes. Add fish sauce, soy sauce and scallions. Cook for 1 minute. Pour the beaten egg into the soup and let cook for 20 seconds. Stir gently. Add sesame oil and black pepper.
Serve immediately with a side of Kimchi.
Haeng bog meogneum
Happy Eating!!

Pamela Pyke

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Monday, April 3, 2017

The Chosun e-newsletter Archive Volume 8 #4 April, 2017



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Dear Martial Arts Enthusiast,

Welcome to the April edition of the  Chosun Taekwondo Academy e-newsletter!...Spring has sprung...almost! CHOSUN is gearing up for some exciting new programs such as the upcoming trip to the Zen Mountain Monastery and the Women's Self-Defense Course offered at the Albert Wisner Public Library. See the details below. Also be sure to take note of the Easter Holiday closure.
Please take note of the 2017 CHOSUN Test Dates below...


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View the 2016 Chosun Taekwondo Academy Retrospective 

Please visit the updated and improved CHOSUN Yelp page!  ReviewUsOnYelp

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Happy Passover and Easter 
                                                                                                                                        
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Influence Taekwondo has had on my Life

Yellow Belt Essay by Michele Radakovits

I have been with my current employer for 17 years. I am proud of the fact that in my position I am able to help people, some of whom would otherwise be forgotten. Some of these people have physical or emotional challenges that cause them to be frustrated and on occasions they take out their frustrations on me. Some of the stories that these people have are just downright sad and depressing. I also happen to work with a few people who are 

very negative on a daily basis. Their complaints are constant and in my opinion often very trivial in comparison. Their negativity seems to be contagious in the office and I have found myself getting sucked into it. The workday was becoming mentally exhausting to me. It got to the point that as soon as I woke up in the mornings I would feel anger and dread at the fact that I had to go into work.

Since I started practicing taekwondo, my attitude has changed. During the day when things start to frustrate and overwhelm me, I practice my poomsae in my mind. I visualize myself in the dojang. I find it calms my mind and my breathing as if I were meditating. Those few moments of escape have a huge effect on my attitude. I replace the negative with a positive state of mind. I am better able to deal with the stresses of the workday. I am grateful for the peace and sense of accomplishment I have found in my training. It carries throughout my day and is enabling me to keep doing my best to continue helping people. I do still look forward to the end of the workday but not out of a sense of dismay. Now that I am more peaceful throughout the day, I look forward to the end of the day because I can focus on going home to be with my family and hopefully physically going to the dojang to be positively challenged.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Chosun e-newsletter Archive Volume 8 #3 March, 2017

Dear Martial Arts Enthusiast,

Welcome to the March edition of the  Chosun Taekwondo Academy e-newsletter!...It is hard to believe that just a year ago we were starting a new chapter in the CHOSUN journey. Looking back it has been a year of many changes and transformations but all in all, we are much stronger and more vibrant as a result. ONWARD AND UPWARD!
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Happy St. Patrick's Day 
                                                                                                                                        
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Monday, February 13, 2017

"Mrs. Pyke Eats Korea" DUBU JORIM

As seen in the February, 2017 Chosun Taekwondo Academy newsletter...

I am a big fan of tofu. Back in the day (the 1970’s) I lived in a commune called The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee. We were 1200 folks committed to the idea that the Soybean was going to save the world!! We would make fresh tofu every day for all the families. It was an amazing operation and experience. So I am always on the lookout for any new way to prepare tofu. Now that I have embraced Korean cooking here’s a recipe that I love. Dobu Jorim.
Dobu Jorim is a very popular Banchan (side dish) in Korea. We ate it a lot on our adventures to Korea. Koreans pack this dobu in their Bento lunch boxes all the time. It’s inexpensive and excellent eaten hot or cold. I prefer to eat it hot with a side of rice and Gim (seaweed).
One of my favorite websites is Omma’s Kitchen. I learned how to make this wonderful dish from her fabulous Facebook page . So here is my take on Omma’s Dobu Jorim. Kamsamida Omma!!

1# Firm tofu sliced into 12 squares
Sauce:    mix all together
4 chopped scallions
5 TBS soy sauce
2-4 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp Korean red chili pepper
1 Tbs. mirin
2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
Black pepper ½ tsp sugar
Add 3 Tbs vegetable oil to a large saute pan and fry the tofu till golden brown on each side. This takes a while so be patient, don’t keep flipping the tofu back and forth. Let it sit till nice and crispy.
Transfer the tofu to a lidded pot and set over medium heat and pour the sauce over the tofu and gently stir till coated. Cover with lid and steam for 5 minutes.
Serve with rice or just keep in the frig for a quick snack.

I have discovered another Korean Chef on You Tube, her name is Seonkyoung Longest. Her recipes are excellent!!
Haeng bog meogneum Happy Eating

Pamela Pyke

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Chosun e-newsletter Archive Volume 8 #2 February, 2017

Dear Martial Arts Enthusiast,

Welcome to the February edition of the  Chosun Taekwondo Academy e-newsletter! It is hard to believe that in one short month, Chosun will celebrate one year in it's new location and just a couple of months later...our 20th anniversary! We have come a long way!  We could not have done it without all of our students, families and friends both past and present... THANK YOU for sharing the journey...Please take note of the 2017 CHOSUN Test Dates below...


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View the 2016 Chosun Taekwondo Academy Retrospective 

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Happy Valentine's Day 
                                                                                                                                        
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The Chosun e-newsletter Archive Volume 8 #1 January, 2017

Dear Martial Arts Enthusiast,

Welcome to the January edition of the  Chosun Taekwondo Academy e-newsletter!  January is traditionally a time to look back and look ahead. 2016 was a milestone in the history of CHOSUN in that we took the long overdue leap into a new and more spacious location. But another milestone is upon us as we begin our 20th year of traditional taekwondo instruction in Warwick, NY. To get a glimpse of our history, view the CHOSUN retrospective of the past 20 years! Please take note of the 2017 CHOSUN Test Dates below...


Check out all upcoming CHOSUN events on the events page of the CHOSUN website!

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Happy New Year    새해 복 많이 받으세요 
                                                                                                                                        
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