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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Musical Madness Part 1

I've officially dubbed last month Musical Madness March. My sister and I decided we wanted to watch some old musicals, and I enthusiastically checked out about fifteen movies from the library at once. We didn't even get through all of them before they had to go back, and we're still catching up on a few. Here are some mini-reviews of some of the first ones we did get to:

Sound of Music
Sixteen Going on Seventeen is so cute and funny. Leisl's dress here is one of my favorites too. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tangsuyuk (Korean Sweet and Sour Pork)

Wednesdays are my night to cook dinner around our house. I've been trying to develop my Korean cooking skills. I started a Pinterest board of recipes, mostly from my new favorite Korean recipe site Maangchi.

탕수육 (Tansuyuk) is actually a Korean version of a Chinese dish. For whatever reason, we ate at Chinese restaurants a lot when I was in Korea, and this was one of my favorite things. 

Chopped veggies ready for the sauce. 

 Any sauce with this many veggies beats Panda Express. A couple of unexpected ingredients are apples, pineapple, and cucumber. You also finish the sauce with toasted sesame oil, which to me, is what really makes it taste Korean. 

I used Maangchi's recipe, but with a few small changes. I used pork instead of beef, cornstarch instead of potato starch, used more veggies than it called for. 

The sauce was delish, but I have room for improvement on the pork itself. It's battered in a mix of corn starch and egg white and then deep-fried twice. I need to work on my deep-frying skills. I have hard time regulating the temperature. I ended up with some pieces where the meat was tender, but the coating was kind of soggy, and others with crispy coating, but dry meat. 

My plate. 

I served it with Korean-style rice and of course, kimchi, although I wasn't in a kimchi mood. I found a great recipe for doing Korean rice on the stovetop, (in Korea, everyone owns a rice steamer) but I think I've been putting too much water on it and it keeps coming out mushy.