Incidentally, New friends, new tastes, and new recipes are just around the corner! On January 21st, Diostardumplings teamed up with Jennifer Wynman at Jenn’s Kitchen to shoot our first recipe video. Jenn’s Kitchen revolves around homestyle cooking, mixing Korean food and Italian flavors. Sipping on smooth, family sweet soju, we got to work as Jenn’s lovely assistants. So here we were, on January 21st, 2017. Today Jenn is preparing for us Soba Noodles topped with Marinated Kimchee served with Beef and Pork Sesame Leaf Rollup.
Meet the Chef
We first met Jenn at an event hosted by Private Paparazzi Productions in 2014. Bubbly and outgoing, she shared stories of her foodie journeys, both through travel and through discovering new recipes at home. Before long, we became friends and in the summer of 2016, Jenn graciously invited us to experience her take on Korean food. We enjoyed succulent kimchi jigae and galbi over glasses of red wine, and from the first bite, I knew that the Diostar Dumplings crew was meant to have an inside look into Jenn’s culinary prowess. Her passion for cooking echoes a tasty trifecta of her family’s heritage: peppy heat of Korean food, cozy and light flavors of Italian dishes, and hearty textures of Dutch cuisine.
Most of the following ingredients can be found at Hmart or an Asian supermarket.
- 1 packet of sliced thin ribeye steak or pork
- A handful of Sesame Leaf
- Kimchee (preferably the bagged kimchee)
- 2 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp of sugar
- 1 Tbsp of honey
- 1 Tbsp of gochujang (Korean chili paste)
- 1 Tbsp of Korean Red Pepper Power
- 1 Tbsp of Rice Wine Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 Tbsp of soy sauce (optional)
- gloves for mixing
First, dice the kimchee and place it in a mixing bowl. Add sesame oil, sugar, honey, gochujang, red pepper powder, rice wine vinegar and mix the ingredients. You are about to arrange a perfect culinary marriage of Korean food with Japanese ingredients and Korean techniques.
Give it a taste test to determine if the kimchee needs more flavor, optional to add 1 Tbsp of soy sauce. Kimchee is definitely the cornerstone of Korean food. More than a condiment, it is a meal, all its own.
Mix in ingredients thoroughly. Mix, Mix, Mix.
The final results should look something like this…
While the kimchee is marinating, Jenn goes to work on the Sesame leaf rollups with beef, pork, and enoki mushrooms:
Slice It, Roll It, Cook It… Yum!
Thinly sliced steak (beef ribeye and pork) wrapped with a sesame leaf and filled with enoki mushrooms. Of course, I had to get my hands wet with Jenn showing me the roll-up technique. It is impossible to pass up a chance to make authentic Korea food in a home setting. Place a slice of steak onto a sesame leaf. Add the enoki mushrooms on top. Roll it! 🙂 (The result looks a bit similar to prosciutto-wrapped asparagus tips.)
Heat a bit of oil in the pan. Gently place the rollups in, and turn them carefully with tongs after approximately 2 minutes, as they change from juicy red to crispy brown. Cook the remaining enoki mushrooms in the salty syrup that forms after the meat. Korean food is all about the balance of tastes, and this frying pan most certainly has it!
Arrange the cooked roll-ups on a platter, along with the enoki and set it aside. Boil water in a medium-sized pot. Gently place the soba noodles in. Japanese ingredients feature more prominently in Korean food than one might imagine!
Once the noodles soften, rinse them slightly under cold water. (Japanese and Korean foods feature cold soba more often than the hot.)
Serve the cold soba in a bowl, topped with the marinated kimchi and sprinkled with sesame seeds for an added crunch. Garnish with green onions and don’t forget to style your food! Incidentally, edible arrangements refer to more than just a brand name for carved fruit dipped in chocolate. They are part of the aesthetic that shapes both Japanese and Korean food.
Bon appetit! Indulge in more recipes of sublime Korean food and other cuisines, and give it a try. The full video can be view below. If you would like us to make more recipes videos, please leave a comment or subscribe to our youtube channel.