Saturday, September 6, 2014

“Songpyeon ”/송편/松糕

“Songpyeon ”/송편/松糕 Korean Rice Cake



8/9/2014 ( Lunar Calendar is  August 15th ) is the Thanks Giving Day in Korea, we call it " Chusok/추적".   This year, my daughter is helping me  for making "Songpyeon/송편/松糕“。I think  now is the time for me  "to  retire" ^-^, she can make far better than me ,share with you the Songpyeon made by my daughter......

今年农历八月十五的中秋节是在 8/9/2014,韩国人称中秋节为 “秋夕/Chusok“。今年,女儿帮了我做“Songpyeon/송편/松糕“。 也许已是我该 ”退休“的时刻了^-^, 她的手艺远超于我,与您分享她所做的松糕。。。。

" Chusok/추석/秋夕" or Korean Thanksgiving Day, one of the biggest national holidays of the year。 For centuries, it has been common to see an entire Korean family sitting around kneading " songpyeon"( a form of tteok or rice cake) while chatting happily,just one or two days before celebrating this holiday.

"Songpyeon/송편/松糕“ is a stuffed "tteok". Depending on the region, some places use potato or sweet potato starch to make songpyeon instead of rice grains. the ingredients used  to stuff the songpyeon also vary from family to family. Some put red beans,chestnut,jujube or sesame seeds.

There are stories that have passed from generation to generation about the making of songpyeon  :

For the mum or grandma, will tell the grand daughter,  " you  will get a beautiful child if you makes the songpyeon in beautiful shape".

For the unmarried, they can find a beautiful wife or a handsome husband when the songpyeon they make has a beautiful shape......

华族赏月饼过中秋,韩族则吃松饼/songpyeon庆“秋夕”(韩国人称中秋节为 “秋夕”/Chusok/추석),这是一年内最大的节日之一。历经了多少个世纪,依旧可以见到韩国人,在“秋夕”的前一日或二日,家庭的成员们都会围绕的坐在一起,一边做松饼,必变谈笑风生。

"Songpyeon/송편/松糕“是米糕的一种。依地区而异,有些地区的居民用马玲薯粉或蕃薯粉做面团,一般上的家庭都用米粉。 内陷也有差异,有些是用红豆,栗子,红枣或芝麻。

一代传一代,流传了有关“松饼”的故事:老一辈的妇人家,都会对晚辈女儿家说 ”手儿巧,搓个美松饼,将来好生个漂亮的娃娃 “。

对于未婚者,若搓个美松饼,将来会娶个漂亮的媳妇;或嫁个英俊潇洒的郎君。。。



                                              "Shell Shape " Songpyeon..
                                              贝壳形松糕。。。



                   These are the Songpyeon in Jeju Island,this is the first time we make it..                                    
                                                这是济州岛形的松糕。。。


                                                   Yet to steam...
                                                    待蒸。。。

                                                   Yet to steam...
                                                   待蒸。。。

                                                     Yet to steam...
                                                      待蒸        


Friday, September 5, 2014

Skirt Steak /里脊肉/갈매기살

Skirt Steak /里脊肉/갈매기살 Food Tour



Dear friends, have you ever  tried to grill the kimchi ? Do you know what is called " Skirt Steak " ? Let me share with you....
亲爱的朋友们,您可曾烧烤泡菜? 您可知道“里脊”是那一部位的肉吗 ?让我来与您分享。。。

Skirt steak is a cut of beef steak from the plate. It is long, flat, and prized for its flavor rather than tenderness. It is not to be confused with flank steak, a generally similar adjacent cut nearer the animal's rear quarter.
Both the inside and outside skirt steak are the trimmed, boneless portion of the diaphragm muscle attached to the 6th through 12th ribs on the underside of the short plate. This steak is covered in a tough membrane that should be removed before cooking.
The inside skirt steak is often confused with the butt flap which is the tail of the porter house and t-bone steaks of the short loin found on the flank. It has similar cooking properties.

脊椎骨内侧的条状嫩肉,做肉食时称里脊


里脊和小里脊,大里脊就是大排骨相连的瘦肉,外侧有筋覆盖,通常吃的大排去骨后就是里脊肉,适合炒菜用。小里脊是脊椎骨内侧一条肌肉,比较少,很嫩,适合做汤。
是脊骨下面一条与大排骨相连的瘦肉。肉中无筋,是猪肉中最嫩的肉,可切丁,切片,切丝,作炸,炒,爆之用最佳。。。
里脊的功效:1、补肾养血、滋阴润燥2、主治热病伤津、消渴羸瘦、肾虚体弱、产后血虚、燥咳、便秘、补虚、滋阴、润燥、滋肝阴,润肌肤,利二便和止消渴。如何挑选里脊:选购里脊肉时,要求其色泽红润,肉质透明,质地紧密,富有弹性,手按后能够很快复原,并有一种特殊的猪肉鲜味。


갈매기살(Skirt steak)은 돼지고기 부위 중 갈비뼈를 골반할 때 분리되는 얇고 긴 형태의 횡격막을 이루는 부위를 말한다. 기름이 없고 부드러우면서 쫄깃한 맛을 내기 때문에 고급육에 속한다.
횡격막은 우리말로 가로막이라고 하는데 이 단어에 살이라는 단어를 합치면 가로막살이 되고 변천하여 갈매기살이라 명명되었다. 갈매기살에는 지방이 적고 불포화 지방산이 높아 먹어도 살이 잘 찌지 않으며 동맥경화를 예방하고, 피로회복에 좋은 비타민 B1, BF 함유, 단백질 중에서도 필수 아미노산이 풍부하며 철분, 빈혈예방 특히 간장보호 효능이 탁월히 좋다.
얇게 썰어 깨끗한 물에 씻은 후 물기를 제거한 뒤 구이전골에 이용한다. 또한 같이 먹기 좋은 음식은 많은 양질의 식이섬유가 포함된 버섯이다. 돼지고기의 콜레스테롤의 흡수를 낮춰주기 때문이다.
( sources : wikipedia,百度百科)



This is the "Skirt Steak ",also known as: Romanian tenderloin; Romanian steak; Philadelphia steak; Arrachera (Mx).
这是里脊肉。。。。

                                               Grilled the "Skirt Steak "...
                                               烧烤里脊肉。。。


                                    This was how we drink the Korean rice wine : Makgoli "...
                                   我们就是这样喝韩式传统米酒“Makgoli”。。。


                                          The bean sprout soup was delicious...
                                          这大豆芽汤很好喝。。。

                                   After having the grilled skirt steak, we had bibim myeon...
                                   享用了烧烤肉之后,再来一碗辣拌面。。。




If you are not the local foodies, I think you will not step in this restaurant,it is not well decorated and an old shop lot. But, if you are there, you will be surprised to see the number of customers..It is located in Kyeonggi Do-Gwang Ju...the skirt steak is really very delicous...
如果您不是道地的美食爱好者,我想您不会步入这外观简陋的餐馆。但,若您到那的话,您会感到惊讶,顾客挤满堂。。这餐馆位于 Kyeongi Do-Gwang Ju, 这的烧烤里脊2肉真的是一级棒。。

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chili Pepper / 辣椒 / 고추


Recently, Chili Pepper Festival was held at the Seoul Plaza in front of the Seoul City Hall building. Share with you some of the pictures...

最近,辣椒庆典在首尔的市政厅广场举行。 与您分享其中的一些照片。。。

The chili pepper (also chile pepper or chilli pepper, from Nahuatl chīlli /ˈt͡ʃiːlːi/) is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. In Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and other Asian countries, the word "pepper" is usually omitted.

Chili peppers originated in the Americas. After the Columbian Exchange, many cultivars of chili pepper spread across the world, used in both food and medicine. Chilies were brought to Asia by Portuguese navigators during the 16th century.
India is the world's largest producer, consumer and exporter of chili peppers. Guntur in Andhra Pradesh produces 30% of all the chilies produced in India, and the state of Andhra Pradesh as a whole contributes 75% of India's chili exports.

The spread of chili peppers to Asia was most likely a natural consequence of its introduction to Portuguese traders (Lisbon was a common port of call for Spanish ships sailing to and from the Americas) who, aware of its trade value, would have likely promoted its commerce in the Asian spice trade routes then dominated by Portuguese and Arab traders.

 Today chillies are an integral part of Indian cuisine.
There is a verifiable correlation between the chili pepper geographical dissemination and consumption in Asia and the presence of Portuguese traders, India and southeast Asia being obvious examples.

Red chilies contain large amounts of vitamin C and small amounts of carotene (provitamin A). Yellow and especially green chilies (which are essentially unripe fruit) contain a considerably lower amount of both substances. In addition, peppers are a good source of most B vitamins, and vitamin B6 in particular. They are very high in potassium, magnesium, and iron. Their very high vitamin C content can also substantially increase the uptake of non-heme iron from other ingredients in a meal, such as beans and grains.

辣椒学名Capsicum annuum),又叫牛角椒长辣椒番椒番姜海椒辣子辣角秦椒等,是一种茄科辣椒属植物。

辣椒原产于南美洲热带地区。从墨西哥秘鲁,古印第安人在不同地域纷纷驯化了这种作物,早於公元前7500已用作烹調食品。厄瓜多爾出土的一系列考古證據指出美洲人在公元前6000年已懂得種植辣椒,其耕作縱影遍及美洲中、南、北部,從秘魯到墨西哥皆留有古人培植辣椒的資料。
雖然歐洲曾有學者提出古羅馬人已有本土辣椒出品,如古羅馬詩人Martialis形容的一種帶核的「生椒」(Pipervee crudum),但學術界仍公認辣椒並不適合在歐洲的自然環境生長。直至15世纪末,哥伦布到达美洲之后,在加勒比海發現辣椒後,把辣椒带回欧洲,并由此传播到世界其他地方,這種香料始為世界所識。 因為哥倫布等人一開始認為辣椒是胡椒的一種,辣椒因此得名。
1493年,哥倫布第二次橫渡美洲時,船上的醫生Diego Álvarez Chanca首次從墨西哥把辣椒帶入西班牙,並在1494年論說它的藥用效果。此時西班牙已將墨西哥收歸為殖民地,辣椒也隨著西班牙的貿易船隊流入其亞洲的殖民地菲律賓,辣椒再流入中國、印度和日韓等地。

红辣椒含有丰富的维生素C胡萝卜素维生素A前体)。但在黄色辣椒和尤其是绿色辣椒(基本为未成熟果实)中这两种维生素含量则相对显著偏低。此外,辣椒还富含多种的维生素B(尤其是维生素B6),以及钾,镁和铁等人体所必需微量元素。辣椒中高含量的维生素C还有助于食物,比如豆类和谷物,中非血红素源的铁元素的吸收。
並非所有的辣椒屬植物都有味,比如沒有辣味的青椒甜椒。辣椒的辣度由史高維爾指標(Scoville scale)衡量,2007年,印度的“斷魂椒”(Naga Jolokia)达到1,041,427個史高維爾單位,被认为是世界上最辣的辣椒.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brioche/브리오슈


Baked the Brioche today !

Dear friends, do you know what is "Brioche" ? Let me share with you...

今天烘焙了 Brioche !

亲爱的朋友们, 您可知道,什麽叫做 “ Brioche” ? 让我来与您分享。。。

 Brioche (/ˈbriʃ/ or /ˈbriɒʃ/; French: [bʁi.ɔʃ]) is a pastry of French origin that is akin to a highly enriched bread, and whose high egg and butter content give it a rich and tender crumb. It is "light and slightly puffy, more or less fine, according to the proportion of butter and eggs." It has a dark, golden, and flaky crust, frequently accentuated by an egg wash applied after proofing.

Brioche is considered a Viennoiserie, in that it is made in the same basic way as bread, but has the richer aspect of a pastry because of the extra addition of eggs, butter, liquid (milk, water, cream, and, sometimes, brandy) and occasionally a bit of sugar. Brioche, along with pain au lait and pain aux raisins — which are commonly eaten at breakfast or as a snack — form a leavened subgroup of Viennoiserie. Brioche is often cooked with fruit or chocolate chips[citation needed] and served as a pastry or as the basis of a dessert with many local variations in added ingredients, fillings or toppings.

"Brioche is eaten with dessert or tea, but also has numerous uses in cuisine. Common brioche dough is suitable for coulibiac and fillet of beef en croute. Brioche mousseline surrounds foie gras, sausage, cervelat lyonnais; ... individual brioches serve as containers for various chopped and sauced stuffings, savoury or sweet, as warm appetizers or intermediate courses."

Brioche à tête or parisienne is perhaps the most classically recognized form: it is formed and baked in a fluted round, flared tin; a large ball of dough is placed on the bottom and topped with a smaller ball of dough to form the head (tête). Brioche Nanterre is a loaf of brioche made in a standard loaf pan. Instead of shaping two pieces of dough and baking them together, two rows of small pieces of dough are placed in the pan. Loaves are then proofed (allowed to rise) in the pan, fusing the pieces together. During the baking process the balls of dough rise further and form an attractive pattern.

Brioche can also be made in a pan without being rolled into balls to make an ordinary loaf.
(source : wikipedia )


Monday, August 18, 2014

Dutch Bread / 더치빵


This morning, learnt to bake this Dutch Bread !...
Dear friend, do you know what is Dutch Bread ? Here it is....

今早,学了烘焙 “Dutch Bread ” 这面包。。。
 亲爱的朋友们,您可知道什麽叫 " Dutch Bread " ? 那是来自荷兰的面包 。。。

Tiger bread (also sold as Dutch crunch in the US, tijgerbrood or tijgerbol in Netherlands and giraffe bread in Canada and in Sainsbury's branches throughout the United Kingdom) is the commercial name for a loaf of bread which has a unique mottled crust. Within the United States, it is popular in the San Francisco Bay Area (as "Dutch crunch") and St. Margaretsbury Cricket Club.

The bread is generally made with sesame oil, which gives it a distinct aroma, and with a pattern baked into the top made by painting rice paste onto the surface prior to baking. The paste dries and cracks during the baking process. The rice paste crust also gives the bread a distinctive flavour. It has a crusty exterior, but is soft inside. Typically, tiger bread is made as a white bread bloomer loaf or bread roll, but the technique can be applied to any shape of bread.
(source : wikipedia )

P/s : Will update the recipe in near future....

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Seven Square At The Plaza Hotel In Seoul ( Part 4 )

                Share with you the desserts from Seven Square at The Plaza Hotel...
                与您分享Seven Square 餐馆内的点心与甜品。。。。

                                                        Choco Crumble


                                                             Pudding


                                                          Cream Bulee


                                                           Roll Cakes


                                                        Cream Cakes


                                                    Chocolate Mousse Cakes



                                                          Mango Pudding

                                                              Pudding


                                                             Pudding

                                                       Yogurt ice cream


                                                       Red Jelly Mousse

                                                              Cheeses

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seven Square At The Plaza Hotel In Seoul ...( Part 3 )

My favourite grilled lamb....


                              
                                                              Lobster


                                                                Grilled eel



                                                              Grilled abalones..