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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