Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Korean pancake (jeon) recipe

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a Korean cooking class with four other Korean adoptees at Shilla Korean Restaurant in East Perth.  The event was co-organised by myself and another adoptee Leanne, for the Korean Adoptees in Australia Network (KAiAN). Funding for the event was provided from a grant KAiAN were awarded last year by the Australia Korea Foundation to establish the network. As part of the grant proposal, each major city (with a known group of Korean adoptees) were allocated a small sum of money to organise an event for adult adoptees in their city. Melbourne had a makeup class, Canberra went to a Korean film festival and us Perth kids cooked and ate. 

Our host James and the staff at Shilla were amazing! It was the first time they'd ever done an event like this but you wouldn't have known it. There were three parts to the afternoon. An introduction and overview of Korean food, a 'cook your own' and then 'eat your own' section. In the 'cook your own' part, we marinated bulgogi beef which we were able to take home and made seafood and kimchi jeons (pancakes) which we ate, along with some Korean fried chicken (the REAL KFC), japchae noodles and bulgogi beef in the 'eat your own' portion. 

A jeon is a Korean pancake like dish. They can be made to either savoury or sweet, and are often served as banchan (side dishes). We made two different kinds of jeon, seafood and kimchi. I've discovered there are dozens of different types that you can make using meats, vegetables and edible flowers. According to my friend Google, Kimchijeon (kimchi pancake) and pajeon (spring onion pancake) are two of the more popular varieties that you'll find in Korean restaurants. 

Ingredients 

Batter 
  • 100g flour 
  • 230ml water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 2/3 teaspoon pepper 
  • 1 egg 
Seafood 
  • 4-5 spring onion stalks
  • Seafood (prawns, scallops, squid) 
  • 2 eggs 
  • Vegetable oil
Kimchi 
  • Diced kimchi (about two handfuls) 
  • Diced onion (about 1/2 an onion) 
  • 20g flour (as needed) 
  • Vegetable oil



Method 

Seafood pancake 

  1. Combine the batter ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. The batter is quite watery for the seafood pancake. 
  2. Heat the pan to a medium heat, adding a splash of vegetable oil. 
  3. Pour 2/3 of the batter into the pan. 
  4. Place the spring onions and seafood across the pancake. 
  5. Whisk the eggs and pour over the top of the pancake.




6. When the edges brown, flip the pancake and cook for a few minutes until browned. 






7. Plate and serve warm.






Kimchi pancake 

  1. With the remaining 1/3 of the batter, add about 20g flour so the batter thickens. The consistency is similar to pancake batter. 
  2. Add the chopped onion and kimchee and gently fold. 
  3. Heat the frypan on a medium heat with vegetable oil and pour the batter into the pan. 
  4. When the edges brown, flip the jeon and cook for a few minutes until browned. 
  5. Plate and serve warm. 





Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Standard, Northbridge

There's nothing standard about The Standard! Their exceptional hosts and servers, great menu and retro industrial fitout has me singing their praises to anyone who will listen (including The Standard paper who I accidentally tweeted).
 
Fava chips ($9)
My friend Claire and I met at The Standard on a Friday for an after work drink and nibble. While chatting about family, friends,  travel and work, we munched on fava chips ($9) and sipped Prosecco from coupe glasses (how chic!). The fava chips came with two dipping sauces, a creamy aioli and a vinegary mushroom ketchup.

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Viet Hoa, Northbridge

BBQ pork wonton egg noodle soup ($12.50)
After battling the school holiday crowds at Ikea earlier this week, my Mum and I called into our perennial favourite, Viet Hoa in Northbridge. As always, I ordered number 18 from the noodle and soups list. BBQ pork wonton egg noodle soup ($12.50), with rice noodles instead of egg noodles.

While I have ordered other things from the menu, if it's a big bowl of steaming hot noodle soup I'm after, number 18 will always be my 'go to'.


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Monday, 30 March 2015

The Royal, East Perth

Going to The Royal in East Perth is like leaving the actual world and entering "Barbie's dream land". Located on the waterfront on Royal St, The Royal overlooks a row of perfect dollhouse looking townhouses. 


I met my friend Pen at The Royal for a quick mid-week after work drink recently. It was a beautiful autumn evening and the bar area was packed. We weren't able to find a table, so decided to head to the restaurant side for dinner and drinks instead. 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Home improvements: bathroom

Late last year,  my 1970s bathroom was renovated from top to bottom.  The entire bathroom was gutted and brand new everything was put in.




Friday, 13 March 2015

Oppa BBQ, South Perth

Note: I returned to Oppa BBQ last weekend and had a very disappointing experience. This second visit was at 6pm and the restaurant was much busier than my first visit. There were ample staff but many were not trained and needed to refer to other staff. We had issues with our hot plates being too hot and then too cold. They seemed to control themselves - we had the middle section with the hot pot on the lowest setting and then it started to heat up and boil over. The staff did not have the capacity to cook the meat for us (not an issue as many Korean restaurants are 'diy') but they also did not know how to use the heat control to be able to instruct us.  

Have you every bought a Scoopon/Groupon voucher, used it and thought "well I know why they've got a special deal... it's AWFUL!". I feel like 99% of the times I've bought vouchers, I've vowed that I would never buy one again. I can list the number of times I've bought a voucher and afterwards though "this was good, I'd come back" on one hand. Actually make that one finger. Mr Munchies in Mt Lawley. I can now add Oppa BBQ to that list. I bought a $29 meal for two voucher which included a hot pot broth and bbq meat platter. The date I booked coincided with my cousin's birthday, so I asked her to join me. 



Mom's Dumpling House, Victoria Park

About a month or two ago (yes, I'm running behind with my blogging...!), I visited Mom Dumpling House in Vic Park for a work lunch. I had a meeting directly beforehand, so arrived a little late. By the time I arrived, the table had ordered a feast for us to share.  

Mom is a little hole in the wall gem in Vic Park that has been on my radar for a while. While they're not known for their ambiance and service, the food is great and cheap. 

Cabbage and pork steamed dumplings 

Sizzling chicken with cashew nuts $15.00

Sizzling chicken with cashew nuts $15.00

I would definitely like to return and work my way through the menu. The restaurant was really busy the lunch I went, so it might be a good idea to make a reservation. In saying that, it is the kind of joint that you'd eat at and then move on from, so the turnover of customers would be quite fast.

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