We observed earth hour this weekend with good friends. Candles, wine and battery-operated tunes set the pace for the evening. As is standard with this group of friends, we also prepared far too much food.
We had decided upon a Korean menu, but, besides picking up a tub of kimchee from the nearest Korean restaurant, the only Korean dish I had previously prepared was beef bulgogi. A stroll through the internet netted me instructions to prepare:
- kongnamool (soybean sprouts), which I initially thought I turned into something capable of causing nuclear meltdown when I substituted hot chili oil for Korean chili powder, but after it denatured in the fridge for a couple of hours, it was actually super good.
- pa jun (scallion pancakes) which at the last minute I struck from the menu, when it became evident that we already had far too much food.
- jap chae glass noodles, which, interestingly, our guests brought as well. Exact same recipe too. There was definitely no shortage of noodles, although our friends made theirs with sweet potato noodles from a Korean grocery store, while I made mine with bean noodles from Co-op. They won the authenticity contest, hands down.
I feel sorry for you that you couldn't join us, because it really was a fine evening. To soften the blow somewhat, how about if I share my top secret bulgogi recipe with you?
Feel better now?