Kimchi burritos

Here it is… my round-eye bastardized version of my friend Jamie’s kimchi burritos.  Hers still put mine to absolute shame, though.  Mainly because it’s hard to find good quality asian ingredients here.  She lives in Irvine and has an insane amount of asian markets to choose from; korean markets, japanese markets, etc.  Here?  We have an asian market.  In Plano.  I used to go weekly but now it’s a 40 minute drive, so I only go once a month or so to stock up on a gallon of soy sauce, 10lb bag of botan rice, and kimchi (of which they only have one kind.  Jamie’s korean market has like 20.  bitch.)

ANYWAY.

Marinade (adapted from Jamiesan’s Spam Musubi marinade)

  • 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bunch of scallions diced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger shredded
  • 2 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • 1 serrano pepper minced (if you don’t like spicy don’t use this)
  • a pound or so meat cut into 1″ (bite sized) pieces.  I’ve been using boneless, skinless chicken thighs lately, but that’s because I’ve been avoiding red meat.  I do love short rib though.  Short rib is freaking good.
  1. In a medium sized bowl mix soy sauce, sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. add garlic, scallions, ginger, pepper, and sesame seed oil to the marinade and stir to mix together.
  3. either add the meat in the bowl and let marinate, or pour it all in a large ziploc bag to marinate.
  4. let marinate for a few hours.  I’ll let it go anywhere from 2-3 hours to overnight.
  5. stir fry until done (alternatively you could leave the meat whole and grill it; that’s pretty tasty too)

Burritos

Make some rice (I have a rice cooker so all I do is add water, rice, and push a button).

I have two ways of doing the burritos themselves: the full-on version and the quick and easy version.  The full-on version involves chopping up some kimchi, scallions, ginger, and garlic and then adding it to rice in a hot pan with some soy sauce and sesame oil and making a quick version of kimchi fried rice.  The easy version (when I’m lazy) is just to use the rice as is.  Slap some rice, meat, and kimchi on a tortilla.  Roll it up.  Eat it.  Then repeat because one is NEVER enough.

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Published in: on March 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dutch Oven Pot Roast

It’s officially damn cold here in Texass and I’ve been craving some serious comfort food.  Enter: pot roast.  My friend Heather posted a recipe for it ages ago and it seemed easy enough, so I thought I’d give it a go.  Oh. My. God.  SO GOOD! And so EASY!  My alterations are in parenthesis:

Dutch Oven Pot Roast

5 lbs. round bone pot roast (I used about 3lbs)
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. shortening (I used butter, I wasn’t buying Crisco just for this)
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup apple cider (I used Costco brand apple juice)
8 carrots, pared, peeled, and cut into 2 inch chunks (we used a half a bag of baby carrots)
6 large potatoes, peeled and quartered (Yukon Gold tates)
2 onions, sliced
8 oz. fresh okra (I’m not a fan, so I used a few handfuls of white mushrooms instead)

1. Rub meat with salt.

2. Melt shortening in Dutch oven; add meat and cook over medium heat, turning once. (I did about 3 minutes a side)

3. Reduce heat, pour barbecue sauce and cider over meat.

4. Cover and simmer on top of range or in 325° oven for 3-4 hours. (I put it in the oven)

5. Add carrots, potatoes, and onions 1 1/2 hours before end of cooking time.

6. Add okra (mushrooms) 15 minutes before end of cooking time.

I think I started it around 3 and we ate around 7, so it was in there for a good 3.75 hours or so.  And it was PERFECTLY done.  We finished off the leftovers tonight and I still want more!  Next time (oh, there WILL be a next time) I’m making a bigger roast.

Published in: on December 17, 2008 at 3:59 am  Comments (1)  
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