A taste of Korea: Jeyuk Bokkeum & Spicy Cucumber

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A taste of Korea: Jeyuk Bokkeum & Spicy Cucumber

by: Luna | .
easykoreanfood.com | .
published: September 26, 2012
Editor’s note: Luna runs a website “designed to unlock all the secrets of Korean food, and show you how anyone can make Korean cooking part of their life.” Below is a sampling of her recipes that can be found on www.easykoreanfood.com.
 
Jeyuk Bokkeum or Jeyuk Bokum goes great with Bulgolgi and is the next step in your Korean Cooking journey, I am introducing you to a very unique Korean Ingredient called Gochujang, this is a warm spicy sauce made using red pepper powder. It is available from most Asian or oriental shops, or you can buy from my shop.
This Jeyuk Bokkeum recipe is very easy to make at home, and one of my personal favourite Korean dishes.
The taste is truly Korean.
I have used the following ingredients:
• 350g pork belly
• 1/2 Carrot
• 1/2 Courgette (zucchini)
• 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon of Gochujang
• 2 teaspoons of Sugar
I have also added 1/2 a carrot and courgette and a small onion, as I love to add many vegetables to my food, but it’s your choice.
Begin by thinly cutting the pork belly, the thinner the better, and then slice any vegetables you wish to add.
Put all of this in a bowl, add about 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and the gochujang followed by the sugar (you can use honey if you wish). Mix together and put in a bag or box and leave to marinate overnight, or as long as you can.
To cook fry in a hot pan until well cooked, during cooking taste the pork and add more sugar to sweeten or add more gochujang to make it spicier your choice.
Once cooked put on a plate and serve, best served with rice and side-dish. I also like to make lettuce wraps with this recipe, wrapping the pork and the rice in a lettuce leaf.
Spicy Cucumber
Here is the first of many Korean side dish, Spicy cucumber gives the cucumber a unique flavour and a lovely kick perfect with most Korean foods.
I have used the following ingredients:
• 1 Cucumber
• 1 tablespoon of Apple vinegar
• 1 tablespoon of Sugar
• 1 tablespoon of Red pepper Powder
All you need to do is cut the cucumber in to slices, and put everything in a bowl and mix it together. That’s it, your spiced cucumber salad is ready!
Keep in a box in the fridge, it will keep for over 1 week
Serve a small amount cold with your meal for a delicious and easy spicy salad.
A simple addition to this dish is a spring onion, finely chopped. This adds more depth to the flavour of the salad and is worth trying if you like the above recipe.
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