K-Pop in the Kitchen!

Okay, so yes, it has been FOREVER since I’ve last made a post…well, I’m back! I can’t promise I’ll post every day, but I will make sure to post at least once a week. I miss being able to write and share everything that I find fun and interesting. I also like being able to choose and show others what song is in my head. Trust me, my roommates will thank me for blogging again. I probably annoy them with continuously saying and showing what song I’m into.

Anyways, let’s get passed that little intro. As you can tell, this post has something to do with the kitchen. I think I’ve shared before about making sweet Korean pancakes (hotteok)? If not, then oopsies. Anyways, they’re really delicious and there’s no way anyone can dislike them. I say IMPOSSIBLE! So now I’m going to share this hotteok/hoddeok recipe that I found online somewhere. I’ve made hotteok going on ten times now, so I’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t work.

And now onto the recipe! Yay. Hold on tight because this is going to be a long one.

Ingredients (For Dough):

  • 1 Cup lukewarm water
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons yeast
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Cups flour

Ingredients (For Filling):

  • 1 Cup brown sugar (I use light and not dark)
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • Extra ingredients, such as chocolate chips or some type of nut.

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Step 1

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Put 1 Cup of lukewarm water into a medium or large mixing bowl

Step 2

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Add 2 TBS of white sugar, 2 ts of yeast, 1/2 ts of salt, and 1 TBS of vegetable oil. Stir well.

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Add 2 cups of flour and mix it.

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Cover it and let the dough rise at room temperature for 1 hour.

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It should double its size after an hour. Knead the dough to remove the gas bubbles.

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Let it rise for another 10-20 minutes.

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Mix 3/4 cup of brown sugar (light) and 2 ts of cinnamon powder for the filling. Get other ingredients ready (I used chocolate chips).

 Step 8

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Put flower down on counter (workspace). Knead the dough again and put it on the counter in a ball.

Step 9

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Keep splitting it in half until you have 16 equal balls of dough.

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Flatten each ball. Then put the brown sugar/cinnamon filling in the center with your extras. Seal it back into a ball.

Step 11

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Put a fry pan on medium and add a layer of vegetable oil.

Step 12

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Place (4) balls in the pan and let it cook for about 30 seconds, or until the bottom is golden brown.

Step 13

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Flip them over and flatten it into a wide circle.

Step 14

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Let it cook for a minute or so, until the other side is golden brown.

Step 15

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Flip it over one more time and cover, turning the heat to low.

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Cook it for another minute.

Finished!

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So…all of these pictures were taken by my roommate (who is a digital photography major). This had been done for a speech assignment, and now I’ve decided to share it with everyone! For the filling, I reaaaaaally like chocolate, and so that’s what I’ve chosen to put in them. Though on the website I got the original recipe from, they said that they add mozzarella cheese for the filling.

I also made these a couple of days ago (Saturday) when I went back home and visited my aunt, uncle, and cousins. While making these with my cousin, we were discussing what else could be put in the middle. She came up with a great idea. Putting fruit in it would be very yummy, and healthier. Then I was thinking, how about cream cheese with it? I think sometime I might experiment with that. I’d also like to see what anyone else comes up with. ^.^

Anyways, one long post later and now I have another post on my mind to write up and everything. Sooo, bye!
~Nicole

P.S.: I also suggest listening to K-Pop or whatever is stuck in your head while making these. Just be careful in the kitchen if you start dancing. No falling!

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Well…

Where to start? I’ve not posted for a few days. I was sick all of last week and wasn’t feeling up to posting. Nothing exciting happened. All I did was chill around, taking naps, and going on the computer/watching TV a bit. My mind wasn’t up for learning more or taking the time to try to write-which I’d probably be thanked for because it wouldn’t have been understandable if I did write up a post.

This being said, I’m back! …but only for a few days. I leave Friday to go camping until next Wednesday (I think) so I won’t be available much at all those days…It depends how long I spend at my aunt’s house while camping since she only lives a few miles from where I’ll be. And so I’ll try to write a post or share something new on Thursday, but that might not happen because I’ll be staying at my cousins’ house (going camping with them).

Then after that…I’m really nervous. I have an orientation and move into an apartment through my college on July 1st, with class starting on July 8th. Luckily, I don’t have much to do at orientation, but I’m so nervous to move out and have to deal with things on my own…well, I know I’ll have help/support from my family, but it seems so scary to have this happening already.

Also, another thought coming from my previous ramen experience. I’ve been eating a lot of ramen this past week since I’ve been sick (the broth helps my throat). Whipping up an egg and cooking in with it is soooo yummy. ^^ I highly recommend doing so. I also added some green onions to it. That was yummy too.

And this is the end of this post! I’ll be updating the Current Song! page tonight and I think I’ll also be posting again about K-pop.

Oh! I lied. There’s a couple apps for Android phones that my friend shared with me. One is called TenguGo Hangul (which I’ve used) and the other is called Learn Korean Numbers (which I’ve not used). The Hangul one seems pretty good and useful…very user-friendly and seems like it’ll definitely help me learn. There’s two different parts to it; one for learning to read Hangul and one for learning to write Hangul. And because I’ve been sick, I’ve not had the chance to look at the numbers one. However, I’ll keep my blog updated on how learning with the two apps goes.

Bye!

A bit different

So, I’m a bit alone this week. Different people are vacationing or babysitting or whatever so I have a lot of time to myself. I was hungry because I hadn’t eaten much (and because I was watching eatyourkimchi videos where they talk about food. Well, I already heard about Naengmyeon (cold noodles), but watched their video anyways. I’m glad I did because it influenced my dinner tonight.

I’ll explain first what Naengmyeon are in Korea (from what I learned from the video if you don’t want to watch it yourself). They’re noodles made from buckwheat or sweet potato and they’re cooled down and served cold with different things. One type has a broth and another doesn’t. So, there’s the noodles, julienned cucumber, daikon radish, and a half a boiled egg on top. Oh and red bean paste (gochujang).

Mine are definitely different from the naengmyeon in Korea. I took a package of regular ramen that you’d find here in the U.S. This one happened to be oriental flavored, but I didn’t use the seasoning packet. So, I cooked the ramen in water and drained it-then let it cool.

Meanwhile, I took some salad that was already cut up and put it in my bowl. This included romaine lettuce, a bit of tomato, cucumber, and some green onion. I also grabbed some sweet pickles out and cut them up (there is a reason for this). Reason being that I was planning on putting lemon juice (which I absolutely LOVE) in it. Along the way I decided to mix some of the lemon juice with chili powder and crushed red chilies because I love SPICY and stuff. ^.^ I also found some smoked baby clams in oil in the cupboard and decided to cool them in the fridge.

Putting Together:

  1. Put lettuce in the bowl first; followed by a little bit of lemon juice.
  2. Place the cold noodles in the middle of the bowl.
  3. Place the other veggies/baby clams/sweet pickles/whatever you want around the noodles on lettuce.
  4. Pour a bit of the lemon juice that was mixed with chili powder and crushed red chilies over the noodles.
  5. Put the half an egg on top and enjoy! Continue reading