I finally did it. I made kimchi.
It actually tastes good. And this is not my opinion alone, but shared by others who have tasted it.
There are so many variables and stages of the process that could go wrong. The ingredients could suck, the sauce imperfect, the brining insufficient, the fermentation interrupted by air or temperature... However, the stars were aligned and I was blessed by the kimchi gods. I have myself- a delicious bottle of kimchi.
MY RECIPE for KIMCHI
3 medium- large Napa cabbage
¾ cup coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons of sweet rice flour
4 x 4 sheet of kombu
1 dried shiitake mushroom
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 lb of Korean radish
1 cup of chopped green onion
½ cup of garlic
2 teaspoons of ginger
1 Korean pear
½ cup of fish sauce
½ cup of fermented baby shrimp
2 cups of Korean red pepper flake
Brining the cabbage:
Cut cabbage into quarter wedges. In a large basin put 10 cups of water and ¼ cup of salt. Dissolve the salt before submerging the cabbage in the salted water. Leave for 30 minutes.
Remove the cabbage from the basin. Set basin of salted water aside. Salt individual leaves of the cabbage with ½ cup of salt. Apply more salt to the stem part of the cabbage. Then re-submerge the cabbage back into the basin of salted water.
After 2 hours, check to see if the cabbage stem can bend without breaking. If not, leave the cabbage for another 30 minutes and repeat, until the stem part of the cabbage can bend without breaking.
Making the sauce:
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add the sheet of kombu and dried shiitake mushroom. Boil on medium for 15 minutes before removing the kombu and shiitake mushroom. Then add 2 tablespoons of sweet rice flour and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Whisk for 15 minutes or until it becomes thick. Cool in ice bath and set aside.
In a blender, add ½ cup of garlic, 2 teaspoons of ginger, 1 peeled onion, 1 peeled and cored Korean pear, ½ cup of fish sauce ½ cup of fermented baby shrimp.
Place purée into a bowl and add 2 cups of Korean red pepper flakes and the sweet rice porridge. Mix thoroughly.
Julienne the radish, chop the green onions and add to the sauce.
Applying the sauce on the cabbage:
Once the cabbage is fully wilted, strain the water and generously apply the sauce on every leaf. Place each quarter firmly down in the container.
Leave the container of kimchi in room temperature. Check daily to see if it is fermentated to your liking. Usually takes about 3-5 days. Use a ladle to press down on the cabbage, removing any trapped air and to help submerge the cabbage in the liquid that has formed. Refrigerate when the desired level of fermentation has been achieved.
7 Kimchi Facts
i’m just going to do it- i’m going to make kimchi.
the fact that i’ve never made kimchi, may come as a surprise, since i’m korean (and of a certain age- 40).
the thing is, you get your kimchi from your mom or your local korean market.
koreans hold making kimchi as something sacred-not to be taken lightly; and also seen as labor intensive, so they are usually made in large batches.
however, i am inspired by the many non-koreans who fearlessly attempt to make kimchi.
my mother never taught me how to cook, let alone how to make kimchi. she never let me step foot into the kitchen.
aside from growing up eating kimchi, i don’t have any experience, any special recipes or any special ingredients.
i’m truly daunted by what i am about to do. it’s going to require all of my very limited culinary acumen.
follow up posts to come!
That’s all my 11 year old would drink, if she could.
More specifically, it’s what she would eat- the chewy tapioca balls on the bottom of the drink. She always asks for extra and spoons out the ones left over, after she finishes the tea.
Thanks to her- I am now an addict.
*Boba originated in Taiwan during the 1980’s.
**Just a few boba teas we’ve had recently. Click on pic for the business instagram pages (page for honey boba is not available).
I used to think classical recordings were all the same. Afterall, they are playing from sheet music that includes the exact note, count and musical articulation. But it turns out, a classical piece can be interpreted in different ways.
Take for example, these two interpretations of Chopin Opus 25 No. 5 in E Minor- one by and another by Lang Lang. They are distinctly different.
I liken it to an artist doing a cover on someone else’s song- except, with a cover, you know what the original song sounds like. With classical pieces, that predate recording, there is only the sheet music to go by. There is no way of knowing how the original composer of the music played it, no reference point.
Lang Lang and Vladimir Ashkenazy are not playing Chopin, they are playing their version of Chopin, since it is not possible to know how Chopin’s version sounded.
The sheet music is merely a guide; whoever is playing the piece can completely alter the mood.
Click on below picture for link to the two versions:
it’s not what you think. it’s not so much about my love for coffee but it’s the about how i obsess about how much to drink it & when to drink it.
am i drinking too much? is it too late to drink it?
if i drink on an empty stomach, though it seems to curb my appetite at first, hunger strikes out of nowhere. and i’m left to frantically find something to eat and/or gorge on food because the hunger doesn’t subside.
sometimes, if i drink too many cups throughout the day- my mind remains too wired to go to bed.
i absolutely love coffee- black, with cream, with cream and sugar, any which way- the way i drink it just depends on my mood and the type of coffee. but mostly clean with nothing added.
i love the act of drinking- while sitting in a cafe, walking in the park or while getting ready for the day every morning.
i’m obsessed about coffee.
i want to worry less and enjoy more.
obsession. both good and bad.
it's hard to believe there are only two months left in the year. i was just starting to settle into 2018...
as i look at the 2018 foomu27 playlist, i am reminded of the abundance of experiences i have had, through music. the fortunate happenstance of music via: radio, restaurants, cabs, friends, etc. and songs already in the glossary of my mind, awakened by an event or an emotion- enhancing my daily life. shazam has been an amazing tool for when i need to place a title and an artist to music i can’t identify.
i hope you enjoy the playlist, as much as i have enjoyed putting it together.
click on the icon below for the link to the latest foomu27 playlist for 2018:
not all things start from the beginning; such as the case with my discovery of the food magazine- lucky peach.
i came across lucky peach during the summer of 2017, while spending some time (two months) in montreal.
the canadian equivalent of barnes and noble had them lined up by their register.
i quickly added the magazine to my pile of books and magazines for purchase, after browsing through it briefly, during my wait to checkout.
i was instantly hooked. i couldn't believe this kind of food magazine existed. it felt like a whole new world had opened up to me. a world in which a food magazine didn’t confine themselves to the ordinary but covered more than mere recipes and glossy photos of food.
you first notice the design. it's visually different from any other food magazine. it’s filled with whimsical artwork and unique photography from cover to cover.
and then the writing- it reveals a deeper background of the food through original and intelligently written articles, essays and interviews.
there are also short fictional pieces, that have little or almost nothing to do with food. just great stories.
i was sad to discover the issue i picked up at the bookstore was actually their last. i was filled with regret for not having known about it earlier but soon found past issues on amazon. i ordered all the available issues of the 24 through amazon.
i savor each issue; like it’s my last. and read each one; like it’s my first.
so the lesson of the story is: go to book stores- you will find books and magazines that you wouldn't ordinarily be exposed to, ie, when you online shop, and... it's always better late, than never.
*lucky peach was co-founded by writer peter meehan and restauranteur david chang. some of their contributing writers included the late anthony bourdain and jonathan gold.
The Dave Chang Show. Such an insightful show on so much more than just food.
I listened to Part 1 and Part 2 of the show with Chef Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, who is opening her flagship location in Los Angleles tomorrow (7150 Melrose, off of La Brea in Fairfax).
Whereas, Christina Tosi's Chef's Table episode centered around her Milk Bar years, the podcast shares their memories of the early years together at Momofuku Noodle Bar.
I did not know Christina Tosi played such an integral part in building the foundation of Momofuku.
They speak of how much of their current success is a result of this special bond they have together, which is likened to being siblings. They are not afraid to say something the other may not want to hear. And through this honesty, they are able to raise each other up by both, celebrating their abilities and pointing out their flaws.
David Chang is not David Chang without Christina Tosi; Christina Tosi is not Christina Tosi without David Chang.
Everytime they open a new restaurant, the DNA of the two are imprinted.
Every new restaurant location, a culmination of their growth through and with each other.
David Chang must feel like a proud brother, when he sees what Christina Tosi as done, at her newest location.
Subscribe to the show.
Listen to the episode with Christina Tosi.
And checkout her LA location.
click below for links to the podcasts and milk bar website
i gifted an elvis cd to an uncle once.
it was the greatest hits collection: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits, which was released september 24, 2002.
i was so happy to discover that he was listening to it in his car, years later, when he picked me up at the airport during a visit.
he has since left this earth.
i know that listening to elvis was a great departure from what he was listening to on a day-to-day basis. as a father, husband and an immigrant running a business, you get caught up in life and you stop hearing the music, never mind, having the space to think of going out to buy a cd.
so like most korean-americans, he listened to the korean radio, which provided local news and news from the motherland.
i like to believe the elvis cd brought him some joy- making his days a little brighter, reminding him of a past when appreciating music was not a luxury.
i listen to elvis in his remembrance today.
What does LA in LA Galbi stand for?
When the early Korean settlers came to Los Angeles- they found themselves without butcheries that cut short ribs in the traditional style (which was a chunk of meat on one cut rib called Galbi) and had to assimilate to eating it the way it was cut in the States (which was cut thinly in several ribs, as you see in the picture above).
This cut became known as LA Galbi.
LA Galbi was cooked in Korean homes and restaurants in Los Angeles before Los Angeles became the highest populated city of Koreans outside of Korea and Korean butcheries started opening.
But even after the Korean butcheries opened, this cut remained popular.
Now, LA Galbi is mostly cooked at home and a popular cut outside of Los Angeles.
LA Galbi- Los Angeles Galbi
more than the Grammy’s, i look forward to watching the VMA’s every year. it’s when MTV goes back to its roots and focuses on the music.
there were some great performances but none compared to the performance given by Video Vanguard Award recipient, Jennifer Lopez. medley of songs spanning her 19 year musical career- included songs from Waiting for Tonight to her latest hit, which won her the Best Collaboration along with DJ Khaled and Cardi B, Dinero.
but the unexpected breakout performance last night was delivered by Jessie Reyez. 27 year old Canadian singer belts out her hit song Apple Juice. it’s raw, it’s passionate, it’s pure vocals. with a voice like hers, that’s all you need.
click below for each of their performances.
till ll next year MTV.
“how come white people are so pretty?", asks my 11-year-old korean-american daughter.
my initial reaction is a mix of shock and sadness.
shock, because i didn't think she thought herself as less than and sad because she pointed out a ugly reality. girls grow up being exposed to the causasian-centric media and something very dangerous happens- their reference and standard for beauty becomes very skewed. the traditionally asian features seem less desirable. they think they are less desirable.
there was a time i had similar sentiments.
but you grow into your own.
you embrace what's unique about yourself and less about what you see in the media.
at such an impressionable age, when all they want to do is blend in- how does one explain- you are just as pretty?
that's why movies like CRAZY RICH ASIANS are such an important step in asian-americans having space in media. asians need to be represented and encourage little girls everywhere can be proud of their uniqueness.
the sound track consists of various multilingual covers: from madonna's material girl to elvis presley's can't help falling in love with you.
however, it's coldplay's yellow that has drawn the most attention, when coldplay showed reluctance to license out the song due to racist connotations of the word. however, director jon m. chu explained that he wanted to reclaim the word. he told the hollywood reporter, "if we are going to be called yellow, we're going to make it beautiful."
it's all about context.
the same word can be a word of bigotry.
and at the same time, a word of love.
sung by katherine ho, a 19-year-old sophomore at the university of southern california and a past voice contestant.
it was the perfect song for the ending scene when love conquers.
click to the link below for katherine ho's rendition of yellow:
TRUE BLUE: June 30, 1986
there are few artists that have remained relevant as long as madonna.
evolving with the times,
inventing the times.
my first cassette tape was TRUE BLUE.
her third studio album released June 30, 1986.
rewinding and fast-forwarding through the album to listen to my favorite tracks.
this album delves into more serious subjects than her two previous.
i remember feeling the angst of the girl that might be living out the real life situation of Papa Don't Preach; singing along to Live to Tell and feeling sad, without quite knowing why.
the music evoked such depth of emotions, even at the age of 8.
60 seconds of my favorite tracks posted on instagram and uploaded to YouTube
I don't remember when or how I came to record these minute videos but I have come to use them to share music on my instagram account. Mostly for the users ease. I sometimes screenshot an album cover or post a picture of the artist but these videos allows the user to hear the music instantly. Which increases the chances of actually sharing music than just posting with a picture and words.
Link to my most recent post below uploaded onto YouTube: Linger - TALA - Single - 6/1/18 - The Cranberries Cover.
after postponement and cancellation to address production issues, here are the new dates and locations
August 10 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
August 12 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
August 14 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
August 15 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
August 17 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 18 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 20 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
August 21 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
August 22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
August 24 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 25 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 28 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
August 31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
September 1 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
September 4 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
September 5 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
September 7 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
September 8 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
September 9 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
September 12 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
September 13 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
September 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
September 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
September 18 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
September 21 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
September 22 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
September 24 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
September 26 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
September 27 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
September 29 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
September 30 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
October 2 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
October 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
October 6 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
October 8 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena
October 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
October 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
October 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
October 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
October 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
October 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
October 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
October 26 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
October 27 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
October 29 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
November 1 – Seattle, WA @ Tacoma Dome
November 3 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
November 4 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
November 6 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place
November 7 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place
November 16 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
November 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
for tickets: www.ticketmaster.com/new/drake-tickets/artist/1319371?landing=c&awtrc=true&c=SEM_TPM_ggl_1408231336_59268433601_%252Bdrake%2520%252Bticketmaster&GCID=0&gclid=CjwKCAjwqarbBRBtEiwArlfEIBoUiak37_kjrFYG6grELAf791eEvz_B9REGKePsXwBbSvcHnLkdMxoC73UQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CKqr2IW53twCFdF4YgodiIoMGg
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one day i inadvertently placed my phone on the table
with the camera on
facing the ceiling
and what was in the viewfinder
was something interesting
something i ordinarily wouldn't have noticed
so i decided to take a 15 second video of the ceiling
capturing the sounds of the restaurant in the process
now one of the first things i do
when i sit down at a restaurant
is look up
restaurant ceilings and sounds
in boston, montreal, los angeles, new york and paris
the beloved nyc’s milk bar is opening on melrose between la brea and fairfax. it appears it is at its last stages of renovation and it’s just a matter of time before the people of la will have access to christina tosi’s creations with names like, crack pie, and soft serve made of cereal milk.
the la milk bar will be over 3,000 square feet and will include a bakery, a retail store and a classroom space.
this will be tosi’s 13th location.
be sure to watch her on the netflix original documentary, chef’s table, to get a little insight into the mind of a dessert genius.
what do we really know about GMO’s?
if you are like most people, you are just scared of the words- GENETICALLY MODIFIED. it conjures up thoughts of scientists making mutated fruits and vegetables under a microscope in a lab somewhere.
the general thought is, if it's not "natural"; it must be bad for you.
but how true is this assumption?
why do we need GMO's?
and how harmful are GMO's?
Food Evolution attempts to answer these important questions.
put your bias aside and watch this riveting documentary on this controversial topic.
it's both informative and entertaining.
link to the full length movie below (the free version is no longer available; watch for $5.99:
fortunate happenstance of food & music no. 27