Turning 17 meant a Korean feast and 2 cakes; I love my girl (and my tummy) that much!
We began with Elly's request - Bulgogi: slices of beef & veg in a pureed marinade of soy sauce, onion, garlic, an apple and an Asian pear. Sweet & delicious! We also had my favorite - Jeyuk Bokem: slices of pork & veg in a marinade of soy, Gochujang (spicy red bean paste), garlic and sugar. Just a touch of bite! We had steamed rice, Elly's Mom's very spicy (but good) Kimchi and a delicious mixed greens salad with mandarin oranges and dried cranberries & golden raisins and this wonderful, wonderful dressing. The dressing makes a lot -- which is perfect because you're going to want to have it again and again.
I found the Korean Rainbow Rice Cake, when trolling the internet for recipes. It was intriguing so I decided to give it a try.
THIS cake was the real hit of the night: Lighter Authentic New York Cheesecake! (http://bakingbites.com/2011/01/lighter-authentic-new-york-cheesecake/).
We shared our meal with another host family, who have gotten to know Elly very well over the past 2 years, and one of Elly's Korean schoolmates. Elly said the meal and the presents were perfect ....
|And they had so much fun creating messages with their sparklers!|
I'd encourage any of you adventurous eaters out there to try different foods. From my experiences over the last 4 years, a lot of them are as easy as reading a recipe ..................