Thursday, December 28, 2006

Some like it HOTTTTT

Hubby and I have been testing out our tastebuds the past few days, as mealtimes with our Korean students are proving to be verrrrrrry interesting. The boys seem to always want to add Gochujang to their food. Gochujang is a spicy hot pepper paste that is pretty much present in a lot of Korean dishes. A small amount goes a lonnnnnnng way!

I don't know if these students are trying to play games with us, but they add an insane amount of pepper paste to all of their food. They've added it to their soup, their pizza, their rice, their tuna...everything. I must admit that Hubby and I are beginning to like the stuff. It's quite good, but boy is it ever hot on the tastebuds!
Last night's supper was tuna, rice and gochujang with a salad.
-cook a few cups of plain white rice (depending on how many people there are. We have a rice cooker so it's really fast and easy to cook rice)
-in a bowl, add a can or two of tuna
-stir in a few teaspoons of gochujang (not tooooooo much, because it's hot)
-mix everything together and serve with salad

Kudos to Hubby for trying out new types of food! The Scotsman that he is, he hardly ever tried any "ethnic" food before he met me.
Since Hubby loves dessert, we had a nice fruit salad to wash away the spiciness from the pepper paste! lol


caninecologne said...

Heyyy! That is exactly the same Gojuchang that I have in my fridge! It's the smallest size too. At Zion Market, there's that tiny size, then there's the slightly bigger sizes, and tubs about the size of a baby-wipes box. And then, there's the GINORMOUS industrial size tubs. Yikes...

Uh...a little of that paste really does go a long way for us. We're pansies when it comes to this sauce. I bought it for bulgogi wraps this summer. Unfortunately, it's been languishing in the fridge ever since.

curiositykiller said...

I had a Korean roommate back in Toronto and also had a few korean friends in NYC. Gojuchang a.k.a. kimchee stuff is a regular staple for them... I mean, like rice for chinese. IT's insane how much spice they eat. I've been told it's due to the cold climates and all. But I can only enjoy their cuisine as a novelty. My intestine just can't handle the heat.

Chrissy121875 said...

LOL! We've had the same tub for months!

We let my Dad try some and he said, "Whewww! That stuff will burn you twice!" Get it? It'll burn you going in and it'll burn you going out. LOL

Dina said...

imagine i used to dip jalapeno peppers into gojuchang and eat it like it veggies and dip-when i lived in Korea...the spice was intense but so yummy!! Now that would kill me!!
Koreans have the highest incidence of stomach cancer in the world because of their spicy food and love of drinking soju!

Chrissy121875 said...

Wow, D! That's crazy stuff! I like spicy food too, but not toooooooo spicy.

I had no idea that Koreans have the highest incidences of stomach cancer, but due to their diet, I suppose that would make sense! The first time I tried Korean food in Korea Town in Toronto, I actually CRIED because it was so spicy! I had tears streaming down my face, my nose was running, and I was sweating! LOL! Kinda gross. My students were all looking at me, asking: "Do you like it? Do you like it?"

I do miss eating bulgogi and jajamyang (sp?).

t said...

BWWWWAHAHAHAHA! UR dad is so funny! Burns on the way in and on the way out! Gotta remember that one!

caninecologne said...

Yes, too much of that spicy paste will do some damage!

Ms. Mamma said...

I don't think I've ever had that but I am addicted to Sambal Oelek...on rice, on pizza, noodles... Have a very Happy New Year, Ms C!

yuka said...

We japanese don't particulary enjoy too much of too spicy foods. japanese foods is very mild and delicate of taste. however since my boyfriend is from Engrand he introduce to me curry which is different from japanese curry which is sweet. Becaise of Indo in UK there is spicy curry. It's dericious.

ahappilymarriedmommy said...

Oh, is that the stuff you made me try when we went to a korean restarant in toronto? Remember I told you when I got home that stuff made me feel like my ass was on fire! That stuffs deadly!

japanmanpete said...

Bloody hell! You North American women are brazen! LOL! Referring to AHMM's " when I got home that stuff made me feel like my ass was on fire! That stuffs deadly!" That's bloody brilliant! I love it!

British women can also be brazen. I like fiesty. The more sharp-tongued the better!

japanmanpete said...

Yuka darling, don't forget it's "delicious" and "England"! Isn't she positively adorable?! Precious!

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