My Obsession With Korean Food

Cold Wheat Noodles

Coldย  Noodles

Today is a day for Korean/Japanese delicacy.

The cold noodles is the easiest meal to prepare and it is definitely healthier than cooking instant noodles. Heavy eaters might find this too little but it is filling enough for me.

My trip to Daiso the other day and this afternoon’s lunch made me crave for more Korean food. So I decided to take out the ol’ recipe and make myself some Samgak Kimbab.

Samgak Kimbab

Samgak Kimbab

 

It looks more like an Onigiri, I know. To make a Samgak Kimbab, I needed the proper sized and shaped seaweed, but I couldn’t find it at the nearest supermarket. Also, I do not have a mold to make the triangular shape – which defines the Samgak Kimbab – only a container I bought from Disneyland some time ago to keep it in.

So I had to compromise.

The Rice

The rice needs to be suitable for sushi making. Supermarkets usually sell them, but in smaller quantities. Some soak the rice before cooking. But I have no patience. I pop in into the rice cooker and then put the cooked rice into a bowl covered by a moist cloth to let it cool. You might want to coat the bowl with sesame oil so that the rice does not stick to it.

Once the rice has cooled, I stir in the rice or apple vinegar and brown sugar mix with a pinch of salt. Generally, I use a table spoon of sugar with 2 table spoon of vinegar. But it’s best if you judge that yourself.

The ingredient

You can put anything you want into the Samgak Kimbab. The ones I eat in Korea are either tuna, spicy chicken or Kimchi. For laogong, I mashed up some crabsticks and mixed them with a bit of Japanese Mayo. For mine, I stuck with tuna with tomato and onion.

Shaping The Triangle – with a plastic bag

Because I don’t have a mold, I use things I can find at home – a clean clear plastic bag used to store food. I cut it open and line it with a little sesame oil, put some rice and some of the ingredient in, wrap it up and slowly squeeze it into a triangle. Finish this with the seaweed and you are done!
To have a clearer idea, you can watch this video. Helped me with many lunches when I was overseas.

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My Green Tea Face Wash Gives Me Japanese Gourmet Dreams

Mommy went to Spotlight and I thought I’d tag along to get some new fabric. Then we had Sukiyaki for dinner. Mom and dad always said that dinner was for family to sit together to eat and talk about our day. Looking around and seeing people with phones and tablets over their dinner table, I’m glad they instilled this habit into me. More importantly, I’m glad I have my family with me, and they are such a family to have.

NIght At Home

NIght At Home

The night view here is as peaceful looking as it is during the day. I noticed the 2 clouds that looked like 2 pieces of a puzzle that fit and couldn’t help but take a picture.

Nili still has not ventured into the balcony. Since he was a little bunny, he was taught not to go to the balcony for fear of him falling off. I guess that stuck with him.

Natural Cure

Natural Cure

Dad has been giving him these leaves that he plants on his own (he likes gardening although it is hard to do so in Singapore houses). It is suppose to be a natural cure for cancer. It is a little to late, since Nili’s lump has grown back to its fullest, but Nilis loves them! He’d gobble up 2 leaves at a go.

Speaking of natural cure, I tried a green tea wash last night.

Geen Tea Wash

Geen Tea Wash

I have always suffered from pimple problems. And only in the past year have I actually gone looking for a good wash. Pimples didn’t really bothered me in the past even when friends and family commented on it. But it has started to affect me.

I didn’t want to go overboard and spend a fortune on facial products. Although, I admit I have spent more than I’d prefer. So I decided to look for some homemade remedies. I mean, why not? You feel accomplished only when you do things with your own two hands. ๐Ÿ™‚

I went surfing and found this green tea wash and decided to try it myself. It is fuss free, cheap and easy.

I chill a nice bowl of green tea. The one in the picture is too much. So if you’re trying it maybe half to 3/4 of that would suffice. I use powdered green tea, but I read that those bags one do just fine.

Then I damp my face towel in warm water – warm enough to be comfortable and relaxing, but not too hot that it burns.

I cover my face with the towel until the towel loses its heat. Then I first wash my face with the green tea and next use my face towel to do a gentle scrub.

The next morning, the red pimples on my face were slightly less swollen and my skin felt softer and cleaner.

Or it may just be my imagination. ๐Ÿ˜‰ These things take time.

I shall continue my quest for cleaner and healthier skin using my green tea face wash and keep you updated. In the mean time, I am having dreams of Japanese gourmet from sleeping to the smell of Green tea, and I’m loving it.

Making a circle skirt for the long weekend

Yesterday night, the day got worst when I lost my keys to the newly changed door lock. I couldn’t have felt worse. I really need to learn to have grace under pressure.

Anyhow, today is a brand new day of a short week so there is nothing to be sad about. ๐Ÿ™‚ As promised, I shall continue yesterday’s post.

We shall continue with the waistband template.

Drawing the waistband template

Waistband - template

Waistband - template

It is not always possible to draw a straight 28 inches long band, so, if you have a long ruler, you can choose to draw 1/3 the length of your waist band, or 1/2 like I did.

Now that you have both your circle and waistband templates, you can transfer this onto your cloth to cut both pieces out.

From Template To Cloth: Waistband

Waistband - paper to cloth

Waistband - paper to cloth


If you were like me and draw 1/2 of your waistband on your paper, you can draw out 2 of your template onto your cloth this manner and cut it out.

 

 

 

 

 

From Template To Cloth: Circle Skirt

paper to cloth - circle skirt

paper to cloth - circle skirt

You may choose to cut out your circle either way. However, if you wish to put a zip at the side of the skirt, which you most likely have to, you should cut out semi circles.

Always remember, when cutting, to leave allowance on the edges of the cloth for when sewing.

 

Now, all you’re left with is joining the pieces up! I hope thisย  tutorial helped you in getting the template for a circle skirt and starting your journey to making you first skirt. I’m no expert and also just beginning to try my hands on this. I guess it’s just nice to share what you have learnt.

If you have any new techniques to add or any mistakes I’ve made to correct, please do share.

Have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚