North Korea πŸ‡°πŸ‡΅ – Happy Birthday Kim Jong iL

This Thursday we did what everyone in the world is doing, celebrating the life of Kim Jong iL. What’s not so funny is some people still think he’s alive due to complete media blackout. Ewl.  On a lighter note, Korean food rules and we made some tasty dishes. Found some amazing recipes on Pinterest, not many variations needed as there are plenty of vegan Korean options. I made Bulgogi Style Tofu.  Pretty much followed this recipe to the T, except I only had 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, and that was plenty.  For a non oil eater like myself, pouring 4 tablespoons of oil into a marinade is nearly impossible for me to do anyway.  This was amazing, and a favorite of some guests. I did the marinade Wednesday morning. Recipe: Allyson Kramer (by the way, this whole blog looks awesome!! She’s got some kick ass recipes) And this is the result after being pan fried in its own juices.
Bulgogi Tofu
I also made a spicy cucumber salad called Oi Muchim.  This called for a red pepper called gochugaru which many websites said cannot be replicated.  So I went to my local Korean grocer and got myself a bag.  Smallest size they had was a pound!!  Luckliy I love it and plan to sprinkle this stuff on everything.  I also split the bad with fellow dinner partier Wendy, who used it for her Kimchee. This salad was really great.  I plan to make it again, and this sauce would go great with all kinds of stuff.  I made a noodle dish with some of the leftovers from this night with a sauce like this one.  I doubled it for the gathering.  Recipe: The Kitchn
Oi Muchim
Angela made Gochujang Bean Balls.  I actually pinned this one ages ago bc it looked like a yummy and different thing to bring to a party.  A few years ago I had a love affair with Gochujang and slathered that stuff on everything!  Recipe: Quite Good Food 
Gochujang Bean Balls
My personal favorite was the Spicy Braised Tofu, or Dubu-jorim, made by Wendy.  Honestly everything was hard to taste the night of because her kimche was crazy hot (not a complaint!).  When I ate the leftovers cold out of the fridge the next day I melted all over my kitchen.  Who doesn’t like something you can eat cold out of the fridge right?  How easy.  Can’t wait to make up a batch of this stuff in the future.  Go make this!  Recipe: Maangchi
Spicy Braised Tofu
And the kimchee… My plate photo didn’t come out as wonderful as Angelas photos did…she’s got a knack with that shutter. And here’s a shot of our table. Also had was Green Onion Pancakes. Ann made those and were a winner too.  Needed them to cool the tongue after eating all that gochugaru!  I need to get that recipe from her, she said it was really easy.  Also some bok choy that came out just a bit too salty, and a pot of short grain white rice.

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