I know I’ve mentioned this before but I can’t help reiterating how much I love the Edmonton twitter community, in particular the food lovers! I’ve met so many awesome people that are no longer just “twitter friends” but wonderful “in real life” friends and nothing says friendship like cooking and eating together. So that’s what we did – a bunch of us have been bouncing around the idea of a Korean food dinner and it finally came together in early February as a Korean Feast potluck.
Lesley and Steve kindly offered to host our event in their beautiful home (I covet their kitchen so much) and Addie, Amanda, Andrea, Dan, Lillian, Kathryn, Michelle and I came over armed with Korean recipes – Thank you Maangchi!
We kicked things off with Apple-Lime soju cocktails and I was a happy happy camper with these, although I am always happy once the soju comes out.
Andrea brought her homemade kimchi and we did a tasting of aged, new and store bought kimchi. Homemade kimchi was definitely the winner but I don’t think there was a consensus on which type was better. I preferred the aged kimchi because it just has an added depth of flavor.
One of my favorite things to do with kimchi is to whip up kimchi pancakes as a quick snack – JP has given me a recipe to mix up using flour, water and kimchi, but you can also buy mixes and just add kimchi, which is what we did here.
What Korean meal would be complete without banchan or side dishes? We had a variety of pickled veggies, kimchi and homemade seaweed salad as our banchan options, but there are so many different kinds you can play around with, it is really up to you.
The salad for our Korean meal was a salmon sashimi salad with mixed greens and an Asian inspired dressing that Lesley made. I loved this salad and looking at it reminds me that I need to ask her for the recipe. The salmon was amazing and the balance of flavors in this was so good.
Dan and Lillian bought their heavy cast iron pan and put together this beautiful bibimbap. The cast iron pan gave the rice a lovely crust and this was a great way to do bibimbap at home without purchasing the stone bowls bibimbap is traditionally served in.
Addie’s spicy chicken recipe is from Maangchi and it was very tasty! It was spicy but not so spicy that you couldn’t tasted anything else.
Amanda picked up a bunch of Korean rice cake desserts and they were all filled with something different like sesame and peanuts. These are generally available at the Korean Rice Cake and Tea House on 99st in Edmonton – you can also pick up other types of rice cakes there as well (for soups or hot pot).
Finally, my contribution was the hoddeok, which I’ve had many times but never made by myself before. I had some paranoia about making the dough but everything went according to plan (or Maangchi’s recipe). Some of them were a little thick but I am pretty happy about my first effort.
So What Would Argenplath Pay?
So since this was a potluck, my costs were relatively minimal as it was just the hoddeok ingredients ($2) and maybe a bottle or two of soju. Soju is about $11-$13 per bottle (375ml) so at most I guess I paid $25 for the stuff I brought to the potluck, but I find it really difficult to put a price on a fun day of cooking, learning and just hanging out with friends. I can’t wait until our next party and look forward to cooking and (mainly) eating some more!