Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"Mrs. Pyke Eats Korea" 2017 Korea Tour

As seen in the August 2017 edition of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy Newsletter

Korea Tour 2017
Is it time to eat again !!

After our long flight and sleep we arrived in Seoul to check in to our home away from home, the Sommerset Palace Hotel. Once unpacked we headed out to a wonderful market right behind our hotel called Insadong. Our guide, Mr. Kim brought us to the same restaurant we ate in on our 2010 trip. What a coincidence! But tonight we weren’t having boiling hot Dobu Jigae, tonight we feast on Shabu-Shabu!! This is a Chinese dish that Hal and I enjoyed on our trip to adopt Eleanor.  A beautiful pot of broth is simmering away at your table, plates of paper thin beef, mushrooms, vegetables and noodles await there plunge into the broth. Let’s get cooking!! Fabulous Banchan are on the table to enjoy, Acorn Jelly, creamy Asian Slaw and of course Mekju and Soju!!!  What an amazing first dinner…what else does Mr. Kim have up his sleeve…  

Monday…after a lovely breakfast buffet that we will enjoy every morning in Korea, we head out into the city to see Master Ryan An and our training adventures begin. But then there’s lunch…Master An always takes us to the same restaurant and it is always a different meal every time. First time I ate here we had Korean Hamburgers! Yummy! Today we are served BBQ Pork that is to die for! It was like a bag of potato chips, you couldn’t stop your self! The Banchan was Spicy Emok (fish cakes), creamy Asian Slaw and assorted Kimchis. Baskets of lettuce and perilla leaves to make SSam were on the table. Ssam means to wrap, take a leaf, place a piece of pork on it and a little Goguchang sauce and pop it all at once in your mouth!! Sigh…
At this meal you must control yourself because there is more training back at Master An’s !! Yikes!!

Tonight we dine on Beef Bulgogi that is prepared in a Mirin sweetened broth, not grilled which is more traditional. Again a plethora of Banchan and our first full day in Korea comes to an end.

Tuesday, a very important day…the Kukkiwon. Let’s just say we were worked to the bone by a 9th Dan, another Master An.
So it was so appropriate that we should be having the Korean peoples favorite summer dish, Ginseng Chicken. This soup is a restorative, the cure to whatever ails you. A young chicken stuffed with sticky rice, a chestnut, date and of course a ginseng root. On all our trips we have a contest as to who will finish their bowl first!! This years results are in, Gino 1st place, Mrs. Pyke 2nd place, Bill Cirillo 3rd place (and that’s only because he found a Starbucks and went on a mission!!) and Rosa Cirrillo 4th!!

Tonight is a special night because we return to one of our most favorite restaurants in Seoul, Be Won, the secret garden, home of the monkey fist dumpling!! Mandu or dumplings are steamed and packed with pork, scallion and cellophane noodles. We dip them in a soy vinegar sauce and experience nirvana!! Platters of all kinds of Jeon are serverd… Korean pancakes of assorted vegetables and everyones favorite a lovely white fish jeon.  Next comes steaming bowls of Kal Gaksu, hand cut noodle soup in a very light broth that you can spice up with some chilies if you dare. I love to savor this without the spice. Of course rounds of Mekju and Soju abound!!! We toast our beloved Rosa for her amazing translating at the Kukkiwon and carry ourselves off to bed.

Wednesday…this is the highlight of the trip for me, not only will I be reunited with Grand Master Lee but I shall be dining on BBQ Duck today! It is a gorgeous hot and sunny summer day in the countryside of Korea. We make our way into the restaurant to our tables where the waiters have place hot coals in our table top BBQ. A grill is placed on top and platters of smoked duck and garlic cloves await their fate. Again this is Ssam so we bundle up our crispy juicy duck, roasted garlic , sauce  and enjoy. Mr. Kim has arranged for us to be served two very different types of soup. A hot kimchi soup with Somen noodles(thin wheat flour noodles) and Naengmyeon, Icy Cold Acorn Noodle Soup.  Both soups are amazing but the Naengmyeon is so unusual. The broth is a tangy ice slush with chewy acorn noodles garnished on top with cucumber, white kimchi, red cabbage, lettuce, spicy kimchi and toasted seaweed. Patty, KiKi and I devoured it!!! This dish is not to be missed if you are fortunate enough to be served it. Buried in the coals are Korean sweet potatoes for dessert. This has got to be my most favorite meal of the trip.

As if Mr. Kim could not top lunch, again he blows our minds with Dolsot Bibimbap for dinner. I’m sure many of you have tried traditional Bibimbap at a Korean restaurant, steamed rice with assorted toppings…this Bibimbap is served in a screaming hot stone pot so that the rice on the bottom becomes super crispy and super tasty! At this meal we are served a favorite dish I make at home Hamul Jeon, seafood pancake. This jeon is loaded with squid, shrimp, fish and scallions and of course dipped in a soy sauce vinegar mixture. This is a real favorite with everyone. We have been sufficiently sated. Off to a good night’s rest because tomorrow we head for the east coast of Korea for Bulglksa Temple and the Shilla Kingdom…
To be continued in next months newsletter.

Mrs. Pyke

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Chosun e-newsletter Archive Volume 8 #8 August, 2017

Dear Martial Arts Enthusiast,

Welcome to the August edition of the  Chosun Taekwondo Academy e-newsletter! 
Summer is halfway over but there are many more extra training opportunities at CHOSUN to take advantage of FREE OF CHARGE! See the list below. The 4th Annual Chosun Picnic is this taking place this coming Sunday... Please join us for day of fun, food and fellowship with other CHOSUN students!  

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

"Mrs. Pyke Eats Korea" GINSENG CHICKEN

As seen in the July 2017 edition of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy Newsletter

Ginseng Chicken

During the hot summer months of July and August Koreans fight fire with fire!
You would think you would eat Ginseng Chicken (Samgyetang) on a cold wintery night, but not in Korea! Ginseng Chicken is served at the height of summer. Long lines are seen outside the Ginseng Chicken restaurants as patrons wait to sweat away the heat of the summer. The idea behind this is if you sweat bullets as you eat this amazing meal you will cool down. This is considered a very
therapeutic experience.
A beautiful Cornish hen is stuffed with short grain rice, garlic, jube-jube (date), ginseng root and lowered into a pot of boiling water. This simmers away for about an hour. Each are served a stone pot with your own chicken. Break open the super tender chicken to reveal the sticky rice, garlic, jube-jube and ginseng root. The chicken and broth is seasoned at the table with salt and pepper. The broth is heavenly. Eating the now tender ginseng root revitalizes your entire being. On our last trip in 2014 the game was to see who could empty their stone pot completely. Cheers would abound as each person displayed their empty bowl!
This meal is easily enjoyed by Americans because it is quite mild compared to some of the more exotic flavors we experience in Korea. I have made this at home and was thrilled with the results. As my chicken simmered I added sliced ginger to the broth to kick up the flavor. So easy and super yummy!
Not all soups are served hot during the summer in Korea. Mul-naengmyeon is a soup that is served icy cold. We experienced a bowl of this at lunch with Master Ahn. A sweet and tangy icy broth served with chewy buckwheat noodles, radish and beef brisket. It was so unusual! I thought I was drinking a salad!
I am looking forward to our trip to Korea this coming week and enjoying an amazing meal of ginseng chicken.  I will see you when I get back with exciting tales of Mrs. Pyke eats Korea!
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The Chosun e-newsletter Archive Volume 8 #7 July, 2017

Dear Martial Arts Enthusiast,

Welcome to the July edition of the  Chosun Taekwondo Academy e-newsletter!...With summer in full swing...there is a full schedule of summer events at CHOSUN. Take advantage of the great outdoors and don't miss our annual Summer Training in the Warwick Town Park, Youth Training and Korean Arts & Crafts and don't forget to mark your calendar for the fourth annual Chosun picnic on Sunday August 6, 2017. 

Please take note of Chosun 2017 Summer Schedule which was included in your July invoice and online as of July 1, 2017

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View the 2016 Chosun Taekwondo Academy Retrospective 

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Happy 4th of July! 
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

"Mrs. Pyke Eats Korea" BO SSAM

As seen in the June 2017 issue of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy newsletter...

Bo Ssam

In 2004 Momofuko Noodle Bar opened in New York City by the Korean American chef David Chang. Over the years he has built a restaurant empire that rivals none. I personally adore him. His passion for food is limitless. He has taken his Mother’s traditional Korean recipes and jacked them up to a culinary extreme! In the January 12, 2012 NYT Sunday
magazine section an article titled Bo Ssam Miracle appeared. Chef Chang turned traditional Bo Ssam int, well like the title say, a miracle. This is Patty Cook’s and my go to Bo Ssam recipe.  Instead of Pork Belly he uses Pork Shoulder that is slowly roasted. So I have always assumed this was traditional Bo Ssam, until Maangchi enlightened me to the true Korean Bo Ssam.

Bo Ssam is made with a cut of fresh pork called Pork Belly. This is what we make bacon out of. Super fatty and yummy! The dish is great for a party because it is served as a cold meat platter. The word Ssam in Korean means “wrapped”. When served the sliced pork is wrapped in a lettuce leaf with a little dab of dipping sauce and popped into your mouth. What even makes it more special is to add a shucked oyster if you like. Totally amazing!

This recipe is so very easy so don’t be intimidated!!

Bo Ssam

1 3# piece of pork belly
10 cups water
1 large onion quartered
12 cloves garlic
2 TBS sliced ginger
2 TBS Soybean paste (doenjang or miso)
1 TBS light brown sugar
1 TBS instant coffee powder

Place everything in a pot and cook over medium high heat for 2 hours. Remove the pork from the broth and let cool.

Ssam Sauce

1 TBS Gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
2TBS Ssamjang (bean and chili paste)
1 TBS Rice vinegar
1 TBS vegetable oil
1 TBS Toasted sesame seeds

Clean head of red leaf or bibb lettuce and separate the leaves. Arrange in a bowl.
Head down to the Bellvale Market while the Pork Belly is cooling and have Steve shuck you up a dozen or two oysters. Then hurry homeand slice the cooled down pork into 1/8 -1/4 inch slices and arrange nicely on a platter.
I have seen some recipes where you take the already cooked Pork Belly and slide it under a broiler to crisp up the fabulous skin, then slice. I haven’t tried this yet but it sure sounds great!
If you’re into Bento Boxes, this dish is perfect.
If you are a big fan of pork, give it a try.

Haeng bog meogneum
Happy Eating

The Chosun e-newsletter Archive Volume 8 #6 June, 2017

Dear Martial Arts Enthusiast,

Welcome to the June edition of the  Chosun Taekwondo Academy e-newsletter!...After passing the important May milestone of 20 years of continuous operation in Warwick, NY, the Chosun Taekwondo Academy is not missing a beat! A series of special classes and workshops will round out the summer schedule. Taking advantage of the great outdoors, don't miss our annual Summer Training in the Warwick Town Park, Youth Training and Korean Arts & Crafts and the fourth annual Chosun picnic.
Please take note of Chosun 2017 Summer Schedule which will be included in your July invoice and online as of July 1, 2017

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View the 2016 Chosun Taekwondo Academy Retrospective 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"Mrs. Pyke Eats Korea" DAK BULGOGI

As seen in the May, 2017 issue of the CHOSUN newsletter...

Dak Bulgogi
When you think of Bulgogi we immediately think of beef sizzling away on the grill. But here’s a great recipe for a week night dinner that is so easy, Dak Bulgogi. Dak is chicken in Korean.  I found this great idea from Hyosun Ro a Korean American mom who blogs about home style Korean cooking. Her site is Korean I also follow her on Facebook to get her daily postings and this is where I found Dak Bulgogi! You marinate boneless skinless thighs in the morning and either saute the Dak or throw them on the grill.  Here’s the

1# Boneless skinless thighs
3T soy sauce
1T brown sugar
1T lemon juice
1T honey
1T rice wine
1T grated garlic
1Tgrated ginger
1T sesame oil
Fresh ground pepper
Marinate at least one hour. Saute or grill till done. As you’re cooking keep splashing on some of the marinade. The chicken will get beautifully glazed.
While chicken marinates cook a pot of rice, clean a head of Red Leaf lettuce and separate into leaves.
Prepare the sauces.
Ssam Sauce                                            Scallion sauce
2T ssamjang                                           ½ cup chopped scallions
1T gochugang                                        1T gochujang
1T rice vinegar                                       1T rice vinegar
1Tvegetable oil                                       1T vegetable oil
Mix until smooth
To serve, take a piece of lettuce and put a scoop of rice, a piece of chicken and a dab of each sauce, roll it up and enjoy. They are addicting!!!
Haeng bog meogneum
Happy Eating!!

Pamela Pyke

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