Ever get those cravings for something exotic or unusual? Well, the other day I was really in the mood for Korean food. We used to hit our neighborhood Korean spot at least every two months in NYC and yum, was it an experience! My favorite memory is of the barbeque in the middle of the table where fresh beef was cooked by a super friendly chef/waiter and tons of little side dishes threatened to collapse the table.
I’m not going to say that Austria doesn’t have a decent Korean restaurant because every time I form a ‘solid’ opinion about what is or isn’t here, a week later, Austria proves me wrong. Yet, as I’m still trawling the city for my perfect spots, I resorted to my usual DIY modus operandi and found a quick and amazingly tasty meal on my ‘tried-and-true’ foodie site (www.FoodNetwork.com).
Although I was required to do some shopping for my experiment – Kimchee (also known as Korean gochujang paste), peanut oil, and scallions – all of which I found in my neighborhood International Foodstore at pretty decent prices; a freezer ‘clear out’ was also in the work. The calamari purchased the week before were put to good use, the beans were swapped for green peas, and corn found buried in there were included. I swapped out the sushi rice for brown rice because, given that I’m not going to try making sushi at home, when else am I really going to use sushi rice?
My efforts at Korean Calamari were so good (believe me, this dish is super tasty) that I made it twice within a month’s time. A quick note, if you’re going to make this dish, prep (ie. chop/dice/slice/mix) everything before you heat the oil because it moves fast!