Kimchi Hot Pot with Ginger/Gimchi Jjigae
I’m kind of spoiled by Oregon weather – gorgeous Summer and mild Winter. Utah friends letting me know that it has been crazy cold and tons of snow down there so I should not complain but it’s has been little chilly lately. We also have friends in Mineso-tta who act as if 30 below is nothin to them and probably is. My husband who did a contract gig there in beginning parts of 21st century speaks like a Minnesotan “Going up north to the lake, you want to come with?” Ah…no.. I’m good.
On a cold night like this though, you desire some heat. This dish hit the spot. I made a vegetarian version of kimchi hot pot soup but thinly sliced pork would add depth to this dish, so easy and nomo nomo mashisso! (Korean - very, very delicious!).
Kimchi Hot Pot for Two people
- Sesame Oil 1 Tablespoon
- Napa Cabbage (baechu) kimchi 3/4 cup to 1 cup sliced with its liquid.
- Garlic 2 cloves minced
- Water 2 cups
- Sake 1 Tablespoon (optional)
- Soy sauce 2 teaspoons
- Soft tofu half package sliced – add rest of tofu after you finish eating the first batch.
- Thinly sliced dried ginger 1-2 g (optional)
- Green onion or garlic chives (にら）2 stalks, cut into 2 inch lengths.
- White sesame seeds 1 Tablespoon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Korean chili paste about 1/2 Tablespoon (optional)
- Heat sesame oil in a stone pot or heavy bottom pan.
- Add kimchi and garlic sauté for 1 minute at medium low heat.
- Pour in water and bring to boil.
- Add sake, soy sauce, tofu, ginger, and green onion. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Salt and pepper to taste. If you like a more spicy flavor, add Korean chili paste a little at a time till desired spiciness is achieved.
- Top with sesame seeds and julienned green onion soaked in ice cold water for 2-3 minutes as garnish (optional).
If you would like to use pork in this dish – sauté 1/2 pound (or less, more whatever) thinly sliced pork with kimchi and then just follow the recipe from there. I sometimes add miso paste to bring out umami flavor. I used mild kimchi because my husband can’t take the heat. Although adding ginger is optional, it makes your body warm and supposedly burns more fat – part of magic formula. The bottom of food drying net. It is open so that air can flow easily.
I stopped by Trader Joe’s the other day and couldn’t resist buying lavender roses. I never stick to the grocery list. The roses are pretty yet have no fragrance, I feel like I over paid.
Grilled ginger garlic shrimp oven rice noodle for supper last night – low fat ginger diet. I already am craving for sweets (the ice cream didn’t count). I got on the scale this morning…I lost..3 ounces...what?! It must be slow acting magic formula.