I was just sitting here looking up ways to lessen the salt bloats you get from eating an entire bag of yogurt pretzels when I realized I hadn’t checked in with you in a while.
One of the reasons is because I’m sort of running out of ideas to blog about. I could either make this blog super personal (BORING) or about fashion or whatever (ALSO BORING) so I just went about my normal life for a while, eating snacks and taking names. But then! I came up with a really good idea to combine some of my favorite things: KDrama, Eating and Blogging!
SO I’M BACK!
I’ve talked about my love for weird, foreign, over the top TV shows and I found the BESTTTTTTTTTT one. Seriously. I’m obsessed. So obsessed, in fact, that when the second season of “Orange Is The New Black” came out I was like, “It can wait.” It’s absolutely my favorite drama (…so far. I’ve seen, like, four.)
It’s called, “Shining Inheritance.” (I think it’s also called “Brilliant Legacy,” sometimes.)
OH MAN THE DRAMA, Y’ALL!
Mistaken identity, missing siblings, love triangles, evil step mothers, evil food company lawyers (??), tough grandmas…it’s got it all. I found it randomly on Netflix at the end of May and was totally hooked. I would watch episode after episode, nonstop. It got to the point where I realized I was leaving my apartment ONLY to go to work– so I laid down a house rule where I could only watch one episode per day, only after getting home from work at night (and only after working out– but that is the rule I’m just destined to break.) Then at the end of June, Netflix took the whole series down (along with a bunch of other KDramas) but I found it again at this site called Viki. Apocalypse avoided.
I also started to notice that I was getting into this pattern of making myself Korean style food to go along with the show.
(summer rolls with Korean chili pepper paste, served with a carrot and daikon radish salad)
And then it hit me! Why not take the “What I Ate Wednesday” series and theme it around all of these ridiculous KDramas that I watch!
Shining Inheritance’s main plot revolves around a seolleongtang (beef bone soup) restaurant, so there’s a lot of food. As a vegetarian, I’m not really interested in the main course… but I did notice that the side dishes served with seolleongtang were often freaking delicious looking. One in particular jumped out at me: kimchijigeon (kimchi pancakes.)
They are ridiculously simple to make, and a fun way to use kimchi as something other than a condiment. If you want a good store bought recommendation, I used King’s brand mild Kimchi. It was delicious and wasn’t made with fish paste.
So! Without further adieu:
Kimchijeon (Savory Kimchi Pancakes)
1 cup Kimchi (chopped fine)
2 TB Kimchi Juice
1/4 cup Onion (chopped fine)
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 TSP Sugar
1/2 TSP Salt
Coarse Ground Black Pepper to taste
1/4 cup Water
Heat a non-stick pan with a drizzle of vegetable oil on medium-high heat. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together, into a batter. Using heaping spoonfuls, drop the batter into the hot pan and spread out evenly, into a pancake shape. Cook for two minutes, or until the bottom gets golden brown and crispy. Flip and repeat. Serve immediately.
If you want to get super specific, serve immediately and eat them while watching episode 4 of Shining Inheritance— around the 45 minute mark. : )
Let me know what you think!
And if you have any special requests!