So, please join me as I make 2 dishes.
Ddukbokki are a little trickier to make, or at least to make them as delicious as the street vendors do. Aren't they interesting! These little tubes of compressed rice which get softened by immersing in boiling water (off the heat). While this is happening, you stir fry veggies, make a sauce of soy sauce, honey, minced garlic and sesame oil, add ddukbokki and sauce, simmer for a few minutes; and sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.
It was delicious! There were 7 of us round the table: Canada, Korea, Brazil and Japan were represented; and we all enjoyed the meal. Elly gave me top marks on the Jeyuk Bokkem and a fair mark for the ddukbokki. I'll keep trying.
This was followed by Elly's favorite dessert -- New York cheesecake.
I made the cheesecake the night before, so it had the required day to "cure". It was a very decadent recipe -- 5 pkgs cr cheese, 5 eggs plus 2 egg yokes, 1/2 heavy cream. But man! What a divine cheesecake! I can honestly say (especially as the other six round the table said it first), it was probably one of the best cheesecakes I've ever eaten. It was lush and creamy with subtle hints of the orange and lemon zest. I served it with a homemade blueberry sauce and whipped cream.
I got top marks from the Birthday Girl (and by the looks of it, the Whipped Cream Queen)! What a fun night with family and friends. I can't wait to try my next Korean recipe.
BTW - I'll post the cheesecake recipe in the next day or two. Trust me: it's so worth the 5 million calories!!!