Friday, May 9, 2008


tuesday's post mentioned a store that my mom and I visited last week. the name el grande supermercado gives the impression that it carries latino/hispanic food stuffs. however, that is not just what they carry, in fact, they have products and produce for preparing food from all over the world.

this morning I have korea on my mind. in part due to the fact that one of my nephews left earlier this week to spend a year living in korea. he and his girlfriend signed on with an organization to teach english to interested individuals - I don't know if the folks they will be teaching are adults or kids or both. I expect they will subsequently learn korean, right now I don't think either of them know more than a handful of korean words or phrases. reports are that they arrived safe and sound. thank goodness! I'm hoping my nephew - or his girlfriend - will be inspired to create a blog to share some of their adventures!

between this bit of family excitement and looking at the flanken (short) ribs at el grande I'm having a serious craving for a korean inspired meal. then yesterday my mom emailed me this:

KALBI (Korean Barbequed Short Ribs)
I usually make this recipe - you can cut down on the portions according to the amount of meat you use. I cut this out of the "Post" many years ago and a Korean neighbor approved the recipe. (He had a restaurant)

For the Marinade/Basting Sauce

1 cup soy sauce
1/3 c. sugar
l/3 c. sesame seeds, toasted and crushed in a mortar and pestle or blender
3 T. garlic, minced
3 T. ginger root, grated
1/4 c. oriental sesame oil
3/4 c scallions, finely chopped.

4 lbs. lean beef short ribs, cut crosswise in 1/4 slices

Combine the marinade ingredients and marinate the beef for at least 1 or 2 hours or overnight. Grill the ribs about 5 inches above the glowing coals, turning and basting frequently with the marinade/basting sauce for 8 to 10 min.

I'm thinking kalbi (galbi), kimchee, and a couple veggie side dishes selected from here or here might satisfy my craving and create a cosmic connection with family far and wide!

photo: top - self portrait @ el grande supermercado


Steve Reed said...

The neighborhood between my apartment and my office is known as "Koreatown," and has lots of Korean restaurants and barbecues. It's great stuff!

Bobby D. said...

I eat Kim chee almost daily --I love scallion kim chee but the people who made it went out of biz--so i have to drive to Fort Lee for good stuff now. Korean BBQ thanks for the recipe because it's a rainy day and my chef is at home--I'll just show him the recipe and he'll be off to get the ingredients.

re: Pies
my mom's favorite pie was Cherry!
my dad liked Apple (ala mode)
my favorite is peach

I used to bake, should take it up again, esp with summer fruits coming up!

Dumdad said...

Yum. The few times I've had Korean food I've really enjoyed it. We're going out to a Japanese resto tomorrow night so that'll have to suffice for the moment.

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Sounds like a great recipe. Sadly I have nothing so exotic for lunch.
If your nephew does start a blog, I'd love to know about it. I've always loved the idea of teaching English in another country.

tut-tut said...

I have never had Korean food! Will give, like your photos are doing, a whirl . . .

Barbara said...

Ginger is probably my favorite ingredient of all time. I was devastated when I went shopping at Whole Foods yesterday and they were out of ginger. The recipe looks great. Please let us know how it turns out.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

steve - I do believe walked through that very area! toronto has a HUGE koreatown which is terrific.

ched - I love kim chee, although I no longer eat it daily, although that would be healthy! we're postponing our korean bbq meal to monday or tuesday as e has a different menu planned for mother's day (but I'm gonna make a cherry pie!)

dd - eat a piece of sashimi for me but not uni!

te - will keep you posted

tt - korean food is delish!

barbara - you are going to enjoy el grande supermercado! I bet you'll see the prices are much less than whole foods.

WAT said...

Thanks for the EL GRANDE SUPERMERCADO slideshow! I love it!