It’s winter and I don’t know about you, but I always crave for something spicy or soupy during this time of the year. I have to admit. Winter is my least favourite season of the year. Gloomy, wet and freezing! All I want to do is hide under my blankets and hibernate! Definitely can’t wait till it is over. But for now, winter warmers are a must!
If you’ve been reading my blog (and thank you for you constant support!), you know that I’ve been obsessing about the korean cuisine. When I do go to a korean restaurant, I would find myself looking at either the hotpot or hotplate page of the menu and I would end up ordering bulgogi. A hot favourite is beef bulgogi of course. But I also enjoy the spicy version of bulgogi. Don’t you? I’ve had really good spicy chicken hot plate at 7&7 in Carnegie and tonight, I was just craving for some! So I decided to make it for dinner!
Matched with a variety of mixed vegetables – it’s my version of a perfect and balanced meal. You have your carbs, protein and fiber all in one dish. Plus the heat from the dish just brings comfort to our tummies. Definitely a win-win! Have to thank Bee from Rasa Malaysia for her recipe for bulgogi. It’s delicious! (: Thank you for helping me satisfy a craving!
Spicy Chicken Bulgogi (Adapted from Rasa Malaysia)
2 skinless chicken thighs, cut into strips
1/2 leek, thinly sliced
1/2 carrot, thinkly sliced
1/4 chinese cabbage, cut into strips
100g enoki mushrooms
4-5 spring onion, cut into large pieces
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs water
ground white pepper to season
For the marinade :
3 tbs Korean red chilli pepper paste (gochujang)*
1 tbs Korean red chilli pepper powder (gochugaru)*
2 tbs light soy sauce
2 tbs mirin
1 tbs sugar
1 tbs sesame oil
1 tbs mince garlic
1 tbs grated ginger
pinch of ground black pepper
1) Mix all the ingredients in the marinade and add the chicken strips. Mix well and allow the chicken to marinade for at least 30 mins to an hour.
2) Heat a deep frying pan on medium-high heat and add 1 tbs of olive oil. Add the leek and carrot and fry till soft. Add the cabbage and enoki mushrooms and fry until the vegetable is cooked. Season with ground white pepper. Place in the serving bowl and set aside.
3) Add the other tablespoon of olive oil into the pan and fry the chicken till cooked. Add water and all0w the chicken to simmer for 5-10 mins. Add the spring onion and fry for another 3 mins.
4) Serve the chicken on top of the vegetables. Have it with korean rice and ENJOY! (:
Definitely spicy enough to warm up our tummies tonight. The Mr was very happy (: This recipe is a keeper and perfect winter warmer. Do give it a try and let me know what you think!
So dear readers, what do you order when you’re at a korean restaurant? Would love to know!
* Note : You can get the red chilli pepper paste and powder from most asian supermarkets. I got mine from KFL at Springvale. If you have a korean supermarket near you, ever better! (: