Monday, April 28, 2014

Pajeon ( Green Onion Pancake )


Made this quick green onion pancake over the weekend. Its main ingredient is of course spring onions which in korea they call this pancake pajeon. A very simple recipe that i think you can just remember it offhand.
Instead of adding salt, a little korean soybean paste is used and as i do not have any korean soybean paste with me, i have used japanese miso. I read that the korean soybean paste has even a much stronger taste than the japanese miso. But we only need a little amount here so for me this miso is good enough. Anyway, the taste of miso is hardly detectable but brings some saltiness to the pancake and for me, it is just as good with or without the dipping sauce :)


The next time when i want to make this , i'm going to spread the green onions a little bit more in the pan and add a little more water to the pancake batter to get it cooked more thoroughly.


Recipe ( from maangchi.com )
makes 1 pancake
Ingredients
green/spring onions, about 8 stalks
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of water
1 tsp of soybean paste ( i used miso )
pinch of sugar

Directions
Cut the spring onions into sections , about 4-5 inches long
Mix well the flour, water, soybean paste and sugar in a bowl
Pour generous amount of oil into the pan and put in the spring onions. Arrange them nicely next to each other( can refer to the link above )
Then pour in the batter in zigzag and fry till the bottom is golden brown. Flip over and continue frying till the other bottom is golden brown again. Remove from pan and serve immediately.

Dipping sauce
2 tsbp soy sauce ( i used kikkoman)
1 tbsp vinegar
pinch of sugar
chopped green onions
some sesame seeds

Mix them all together to make dipping sauce.

I am linking this post to Asian Food Fest : Korea hosted by Sharon of Feats of Feasts

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake


I am losing my blogging mojo.. dont know where has it gone to. I am not really that busy and am now hoping just to catch up and revive that blogging momentum of mine. I have seen few of my blogger friends made this during the Nigella Lawson - Cook Lika A Star event, sometime last year and they were all happy about this cake. I made this last month and tell you, i am a lousy blogger. I cant even find my notes when i jotted it down somewhere on my little book, the texture and the baking time.. All i can remember is that it is a nice cake, not entirely bursting with flavours but a simple and good enough for a chocolate cake that comes with some hint of oranges. I am sure you will like it too.


Recipe ( from kitchen flavours, adapted from the book, Nigella Kitchen )
i made this in a 9"x5" loaf pan
160gm unsalted butter, oftened, plus extra for greasing
2 tbsps golden syrup ( such as Lyle's ) or dark corn syrup
3/4 cup dark or light brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 tbps good quality unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
2 eggs
zest of 2 oranges and juice of 1 orange

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325F/163C and line your loaf pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.
Beat the soft butter with syrup, if you dab a little oil on the syrup spoon, the syrup shouldnt stick to the spoon and beat till you have a fairly smooth cafe americano cream, though the sugar will have a bit grit on it.
Mix the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder together and beat into the syrup mixture 1 tablespoon of these dry ingredients before beating in 1 egg. Then add another few spoonfuls of dry ingredients before beating in the 2nd egg.
Carry on beating the remaining dry ingredients and then add in the orange zest and juice. The batter may look dimpled or slightly curdled but it's okay.
Pour and scrap the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 mins, though check 5 mins before and can keep in the oven 5 mins longer if needed. The cake tester may not come out entirely clean as this point of the cake though light, there;s a hint of inner stickiness. Let cool a little in its pan on the wire rack and then turn out with care and leave completely to cool on the rack.



I am linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event organised by Bake for Happy KidsMy Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Ann of Anncoo Journal


Also linking this post to Cook Like A Star organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, co hosting with Joyce of Kitchen Flavours and Mich of Piece of Cake