Thursday, January 6, 2011

Donabe hot pot...Quick Jjigae (Korean-style spicy stew)

Chilly night...perfect time for Korean-style hot pot.
I made a spicy chicken and vegetables one pot stew with my classic-style donabe, "Hakeme".

Ingredients to put in the broth...kabocha, tofu, shiitake, fish cake, mizuna, enoki mushrooms, ground chicken mix (for meat balls), and blanched rice noodles.

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The ingredients were added to the simmering broth (duck stock, kochujang and miso base) and cooked through. To finish, I put the eggs in the center of the broth.

Ground sesame seeds and mixed herbs (thinly sliced scallion, mitsuba, and cilantro) were topped after the stew was served into a bowl. It was so tasty with the nice spicy kick!

Chicken meatball and vegetable jjigae

Ingredients (for 2 very hearty servings)
(for the broth)
4 cups duck stock (or your choice of stock)
1/2 cup sake
2 tablespoons kochujang (Korean hot bean paste)
2-3 tablespoons miso
1 tablespoon ground hot chili (use less if you like it less spicy)
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil

1/2 pound ground chicken
1/2 egg, whisked
1/2 tablespoon sake
1/4 teaspoon salt
a pinch of black pepper
1/2 tablespoon katakuriko (potato starch)

(other ingredients to put in the broth)
kabocha, tofu, shiitake, fish cake, mizuna, enoki mushrooms, rice noodles, (blanched), eggs...preferred amount of each

ground sesame seeds
thinly sliced scallion, mitsuba, and cilantro

1. Heat the duck stock in the donabe. Add the rest of the ingredients for the broth and whisk together.
2. Mix together the ingredients for the chicken meatballs.
3. Add the ingredients to cook in the broth, starting with kabocha, shiitake mushrooms, meatballs (drop by using spoons). After a couple of minutes, add the noodles, tofu, and fish cakes. Once everything is almost cooked through, add the enoki mushrooms, mizuna, and raw eggs (in the center). Cover again and cook for one more minute. (If you prefer the eggs to be cooked more, you can add them sooner.)
4. Turn off the heat and serve into individual bowls with condiments.

Happy donabe life.